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Arkansas health officials report 772 new coronavirus cases

Aug. 8, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — There are an additional 772 reported coronavirus cases in Arkansas and 14 additional deaths due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the Arkansas Department of Health reported on Saturday. The department said there are 48,811 confirmed coronavirus cases and 535 deaths, up...

Backers of Arkansas casino expansion ask to drop challenge

Aug. 8, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Supporters of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow 16 more casinos in Arkansas say they are dropping a challenge of a decision not to include the proposal on the November ballot. “Arkansas Wins in 2020 has filed a motion for a voluntary nonsuit and...

$20M in paid COVID-19 leave for Arkansas teachers proposed

Aug. 7, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and education officials on Friday proposed setting aside $20 million for teachers who have to miss work because of the coronavirus as the state reported one of its biggest increases in confirmed virus cases since the pandemic began. Hutchinson proposed...

Court lifts block on 4 Arkansas abortion restrictions

Aug. 7, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday lifted a judge's ruling that has blocked four Arkansas abortion restrictions from taking effect, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure and a fetal remains law that opponents say would effectively require a partner’s consent...

Arkansas corruption scandal duo released from prison early

Aug. 7, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two major figures involved in an Arkansas public corruption scandal have been released to home confinement or a halfway house despite having significant time left on their prison sentences, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons. The bureau confirmed Thursday that Milton...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

Arkansas reports 735 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths

Aug. 6, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Thursday reported 735 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and seven more people in the state have died from the illness caused by the virus. The Department of Health said at least 47,028 people in the state have tested positive for the virus. The department said...

Panel recommends Confederate statue remains on historic list

Aug. 6, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel has recommended that a Confederate statue remain on the National Register of Historic Places even after it is moved from a public space to private property. The statue of an unnamed Confederate soldier has been in downtown Bentonville since 1908 and listed on the...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, Sen. Linda Collins, R-Pocahontas, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Collins. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Arkansas woman pleads guilty to killing former lawmaker

Aug. 6, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman pleaded guilty Thursday to killing a former state lawmaker who was found dead from multiple stab wounds outside her home last year. Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of former Arkansas state Sen. Linda...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....