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Hutchinson vetoes bill nullifying gun restrictions

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson has vetoed legislation that would prohibit local police from enforcing federal gun laws, saying the measure would jeopardize law enforcement and the public. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday rejected the measure sent him by the...

Arkansas marks 1 million people receiving vaccine shots

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has marked 1 million coronavirus vaccine shots administered in the state so far. Gov. Asa Hutchinson was on hand Thursday as health officials administered the shot to a student from Shorter College, which the governor said represents an age...

Gov. Hutchinson plans special session on income tax cuts

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson plans to call a special session this fall for lawmakers to consider new income tax cut proposals. The Republican governor announced his decision Thursday as lawmakers neared the end of this year's regular session. Hutchinson did not...

Arkansas sees biggest increase in virus cases in more than a month

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Arkansas has reported its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in more than a month and two more deaths from the illness caused by the virus. The Department of Health on Wednesday said the state’s virus cases rose by 352 to 334,061 total since the...

Arkansas to honor favorite son with annual Johnny Cash Day

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Man in Black is about to get his own day in Arkansas. The Arkansas House on Tuesday gave unanimous final approval to a bill that would make Feb. 26 “Johnny Cash Day,” sending it to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who...

Rutledge: Scammers are phishing for personal information with text message click bait

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says the latest trend from scam artists comes as a text message telling Arkansans a package is being delivered to their home and they must click on the link in the message. In reality, there is no package, the text...

Arkansas Legislature update: Medicaid budget cleared; Planned Parenthood school sex-ed out, mask bans in

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Arkansas lawmakers are getting their first look at the state’s $5.9 billion budget proposal for the coming year as they near the end of this year’s legislative session. The proposed Revenue Stabilization Act released on Tuesday calls for increases in public school and Medicaid spending,...

Arkansas Times: Game and Fish license fees to see increase?

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Basic fees for state hunting and fishing licenses might see an increase soon if the Arkansas Legislature takes up the issue before this year's legislative session ends. Max Brantley with Arkansas Times reports Tuesday morning that Senate Bill 697 from Sen. Ron Caldwell (R-Wynne) addresses...

AP: Sarah Sanders campaign says almost $5 million raised for Arkansas’ governor race

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' campaign says she has raised nearly $5 million over the past three months in her bid to be Arkansas' next governor. Sanders' campaign on Thursday announced the figure, which breaks the record...

AP News: Pushback against restrictive voting measures gains momentum

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(AP) -- A pushback against new voting bills and laws in Arkansas and numerous states is gaining momentum with dozens of the nation’s largest corporations and business leaders signing a new statement objecting to “any discriminatory legislation.” Signatories to the letter, published Wednesday in The...

Arkansas lawmakers approve changes to state’s election laws

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas legislators have approved changes to the state's election laws that opponents say would disproportionately harm voters of color in the state. The House on Tuesday approved legislation that would prohibit people within 100 feet of a polling place while...