Arkansas looking at $300-a-week COVID-19 jobless benefit extension

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is seeking $300 in additional weekly federal unemployment benefits under the president’s executive order, opting against chipping in for a higher amount.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state’s application for the unemployment extension on Wednesday as the state reported 729 new confirmed coronavirus cases. 

The Department of Health reported that at least 54,216 people have tested positive for the virus in Arkansas since the pandemic began.

Of those cases, 5,919 are active and don’t include those who have died or recovered.

The state reported 12 new deaths from COVID-19.

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