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Arkansas virus vaccinations rising; cases and deaths decline

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of Arkansans receiving at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine is rising and the increase in virus cases and deaths are falling. The Arkansas Department of Health on Saturday reported 29,343 additional doses administered for a total...

Arkansas sees close to 33K more coronavirus vaccines given

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Arkansas has reported a record increase in coronavirus vaccinations administered days after the state expanded its eligibility. Thursday, the Department of Health reported 32,705 additional vaccine doses were administered. Nearly 1.2 million of the 1.7 million vaccine doses the state has received so far have...

Survey: Strong economic growth continues in the region

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly survey of business leaders suggests that strong economic growth will continue over the next few months in Arkansas and eight other Midwest and Plains states as businesses continue to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Creighton University economist Ernie...

Arkansas State Police: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

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Distracted driving is on the rise and leaving a deadly wake across the nation’s roads and highways. Beginning next week Arkansas law enforcement officers will join other police and sheriff’s authorities across the nation to stop drivers who exhibit the telltale signs of driving while...

Arkansas lawmakers vote to prevent mask mandate’s return

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are advancing a plan to prevent the state from reimposing a mask mandate to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after Gov. Asa Hutchinson lifted it. The Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that prohibits mandatory face coverings, sending...

Asa: Mask mandate ends immediately; vaccinations open to all 16 and up

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the state will end the mask mandate, effective immediately. The governor made the announcement Tuesday afternoon at the weekly statewide coronavirus briefing. Hutchinson told reporters that the state has met certain public health criteria that would enable the end of the...

Arkansas Senate OKs ban on treatments for transgender youth

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved banning gender confirming treatments for minors. The Senate on Monday voted 28-7 in favor of the restriction on transgender youth, sending the measure to the governor’s desk. The bill would prohibit doctors from providing gender-confirming hormone...

State lawmakers reject bid to end coronavirus emergency; mask mandate ends March 31

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have rejected an effort to end the emergency declared in the state because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Arkansas Legislative Council made the move on Monday, effectively voting to allow the governor to keep his emergency powers...

Hutchinson signs transgender sports ban into law

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Republican governor has signed a law banning transgender women and girls from competing in school sports teams consistent with their gender identity. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the move Thursday afternoon. It makes Arkansas the second state so far this...

Arkansas reports 13 new COVID-19 deaths as active cases drop

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has reported 13 new COVID-19 deaths as the state's active cases continue to drop. On Wednesday, the Department of Health said the state's COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began last year now totals 5,560. The state’s active cases, meaning ones...

Arkansas gun rights activist to challenge Sen. Boozman

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas gun rights activist who ran unsuccessfully for governor three years ago says she's challenging Republican Sen. John Boozman. Jan Morgan (pictured above in a file photo) on Wednesday said she's running against Boozman in the GOP primary next...