Latest Arkansas state government News

Arkansas: 36 new COVID deaths and 1,544 new COVID-19 cases

Sep. 14, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 36 new COVID-19 deaths and more than 1,500 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. The Department of Health said the state's death toll from COVID-19 now totals 7,334 since the pandemic began. The state's coronavirus cases rose by...

Arkansas reports 31 more COVID-19 deaths, 646 new cases

Sep. 13, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 31 more COVID-19 deaths and 646 new cases Monday. The Department of Health said the state's death toll from the coronavirus since the pandemic began rose to 7,298. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said 12 of the newly reported deaths Monday...

Former Arkansas legislator running for secretary of state

Sep. 13, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas senator said Monday that he would run for the Republican nomination for secretary of state, the second to challenge the incumbent in next year's GOP primary. Former state Sen. Eddie Joe Williams announced his bid for the seat...

Hutchinson: Federal mandates fuel resistance to vaccinations

Sep. 12, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday that that federal vaccination mandates announced by President Joe Biden last week hurt efforts to overcome the public’s resistance to taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The Republican governor has been...

Arkansas governor says vaccine mandate not right approach

Sep. 09, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday said President Joe Biden's mandate that many private businesses require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is the wrong approach for boosting vaccination rates. Hutchinson, a Republican who...

Democrat announces bid for Arkansas lieutenant governor

Sep. 09, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A graduate student from northwest Arkansas who advocates for foster families announced Thursday her candidacy for lieutenant governor, becoming the first Democrat to do so. Kelly Krout, a former foster parent from Lowell, said she would seek the...

Arkansas revamps rental relief program's rules to speed aid

Sep. 08, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is easing rules for its rental relief program to prioritize the funds for tenants at immediate risk of being evicted after little of the state's share of the federal money has been spent so far. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday...

Military medical team to help Arkansas with COVID-19 battle

Sep. 08, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department is sending a 20-member military medical team to Arkansas to help expand the state's hospital capacity in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday. Hutchinson said the team of 14...

5th Republican candidate running for Arkansas' No. 2 office

Sep. 07, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas Razorbacks football player who owns an investment firm said Tuesday that he would run for Arkansas lieutenant governor, becoming the fifth Republican to seek the state's No. 2 office. Chris Bequette, who played for the...

Arkansas virus hospitalizations drop for third day in a row

Aug. 29, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Hospitalizations in Arkansas for COVID-19 dropped for the third consecutive day on Saturday, a sign of hope for a state health care system that’s been strained due to a surge in coronavirus cases. On Saturday, there were 1,272 Arkansas...