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Pandemic forcing some Arkansas school districts to adjust

Nov. 22, 2020 5:57 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is forcing some school districts in Arkansas to adjust their operations and consider possibly switching to virtual instruction. Bryant Public Schools is seeing an increase in the number of positive cases and close contacts at its junior high and high...

Arkansas official: Tornado injures 4 people, destroys homes

Nov. 16, 2020 12:36 PM EST

ROMANCE, Ark. (AP) — A tornado in northeast Arkansas left four people injured and destroyed buildings and mobile homes, authorities said. The severe weather Sunday was near Romance, an unincorporated community about 23 miles (37 kilometers) west of Searcy, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. No deaths...

Residents, groups suing Arkansas to block 2 highway projects

Nov. 13, 2020 9:26 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group of Arkansas neighborhoods and residents filed a lawsuit seeking to block the state from completing two interstate projects — including a $1 billion plan to widen an interstate corridor in the heart of downtown Little Rock — until it can prove the projects...

Arkansas police officer fatally shot, suspect in custody

Nov. 13, 2020 3:43 PM EST

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — A man wanted in the fatal shooting of a police officer in eastern Arkansas was arrested Friday in northwest Mississippi, according to Arkansas State Police. Latarius Howard, 29, surrendered to U.S marshals shortly after 6 a.m. in Shaw, Mississippi, Arkansas State Police...

Arkansas halfway to fundraising goal for Bates, Cash statues

Nov. 12, 2020 3:45 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor on Thursday said the state is halfway toward the fundraising goal for replacing its statues at the U.S. Capitol with ones depicting civil rights leader Daisy Bates and country music legend Johnny Cash. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said $510,000 in private donations has...

Oregon man arrested in 2004 killing of Arkansas woman

Nov. 9, 2020 2:00 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Ark. (AP) — An Oregon man has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the killing of a 22-year-old Arkansas woman who was found dead more than 15 years ago. William Miller, 44, was arrested Saturday night in Lane County, Oregon, for the 2004 killing of Rebekah Gould, Arkansas State...

FILE - In this file photo taken April 10, 2013, State Sen. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark.  The Democratic state senator hopes to flip a House seat in solidly red Arkansas on Tuesday and become the first Black member of Congress from the state. Elliott was challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. French Hill for Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District, which includes Little Rock and seven central Arkansas counties. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Elliott concedes to Hill in US House race in Arkansas

Nov. 4, 2020 5:30 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Democrat Joyce Elliott conceded defeat Wednesday to Republican Rep. French Hill in a central Arkansas congressional race that had drawn spending from outside groups on both sides. Elliott she planned to call Hill and acknowledge she lost the race for Arkansas' 2nd District, which...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., speaks to his supporter's at the Republican Party election night rally in Little Rock, Ark. The incumbent is running again in 2020. A Democratic state senator hopes to flip a House seat in solidly red Arkansas on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, and become the first Black member of Congress from the state. Democratic state Sen. Joyce Elliott was challenging incumbent Hill for Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District, which includes Little Rock and seven central Arkansas counties. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson, File)

GOP Rep. French Hill wins reelection to Arkansas seat

Nov. 4, 2020 2:00 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill won reelection Tuesday to his Arkansas seat, overcoming a challenge from a Democratic state senator who had hoped to become the state's first Black member of Congress. Hill defeated Joyce Elliott in the race for the central Arkansas seat he has held...

Tight race for House seat in solidly red Arkansas nears end

Nov. 3, 2020 11:02 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The unexpectedly competitive race for a House seat in solidly red Arkansas neared the end on Monday, with the Democratic challenger predicting a potentially razor-thin finish and the Republican incumbent comparing it to past efforts to flip the district that have fallen short....

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to reporters in Little Rock, Ark. Hutchinson isn't on the ballot in Tuesday's election but he's still a major player in it. The governor has appeared in an ad for fellow Republican Rep. French Hill, who's in an unexpectedly tight reelection fight. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo, File)

Arkansas governor not on ballot but still factor in election

Nov. 1, 2020 11:29 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson isn't on the ballot in Tuesday's election, but it's been hard to escape him in the weeks leading up to it. He's appeared in an ad for fellow Republican Rep. French Hill, who's in an unexpectedly tight reelection fight. His policies, particularly some...