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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...

Arkansas expands vaccine eligibility to another 1M people

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is making the coronavirus vaccine available to 1 million more people in the state. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced the state was opening up the vaccine to those in 1C of its vaccination plan. The category includes Arkansans...

Arkansas virus cases drop, lawmakers change emergency powers

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' active coronavirus cases have dropped to their lowest point since June. The Department of Health on Monday reported the state's active cases now total 2,863, which is the lowest in Arkansas since June 7. The state's total virus cases rose...

Arkansas virus cases, hospitalizations continue to decrease

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he’s still considering removing Arkansas' mask mandate at the end of March even as many residents turn down a coronavirus vaccine. Speaking Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the Republican governor said the vaccine skepticism in...

Arkansas marks 1 year since first virus case in state

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is marking one year since the state reported its first coronavirus case. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday commemorated the anniversary at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where the state's first COVID-19 patient was reported a year ago. That patient was...

Police: Guard wounded in shootout outside Arkansas casino

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PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a shootout between patrons and security outside an Arkansas casino left one guard wounded. Police say the shooting happened Thursday night after security escorted multiple people from the Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff because of a disturbance...

Arkansas virus hospitalizations drop to lowest since summer

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' COVID-19 hospitalizations have fallen to their lowest number since the summer. The Department of Health on Wednesday said the hospitalizations dropped by 16 to 301. That’s the lowest number of hospitalizations the state has reported since 285 were in...

NATIONAL NEWS: Congress OKs $1.9T virus relief bill, sends to Biden

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Joe Biden the landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The House approved the bill Wednesday over solid Republican opposition in a vote that gives the new president and Democrats a victory just seven weeks after he took office. The...

Hutchinson signs near-total abortion ban into law

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor has signed into law legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state, but opponents plan to challenge the sweeping measure before it takes effect later this year. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed the measure that only...

UPDATE: Suspect in fatal NLR pizzeria shooting turns himself in

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police say a 21-year-old man has surrendered to police as their suspect in the fatal shooting of a woman outside a Little Rock-area pizzeria. A police statement says Marlon Marbley Jr. (pictured below), of Little Rock, surrendered Monday afternoon...