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More than 7 tons of medical marijuana sold in Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration reports more than seven tons of medical marijuana has been sold in the state in just more than a year since sales began. DFA said in a news release that 22 dispensaries have...

Arkansas coronavirus cases up by more than 400, 2 new deaths

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Arkansas has increased by more than 400, and there are two additional deaths due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The Arkansas Department of Health on Sunday reported 12,501 confirmed cases and...

Governor: 731 new COVID-19 cases in state announced Friday — a record

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At his statewide COVID-19 briefing on Friday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Arkansas had a record of 731 new cases since Thursday. Of the new cases, 207 are from correctional facilities. Hospitalizations are also up by 16 to a record 203 while the state recorded...

TV pastor Jim Bakker hopes Arkansas AG Rutledge halts probe

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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri-based TV pastor Jim Bakker is hoping to prevent Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge from obtaining personal information of his congregation members as part of an investigation into his false promotion of a product claiming it cured the coronavirus. A civil...

Despite spike in cases, Arkansas moving into Phase 2 Monday, furthering lifting virus limits

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At his daily statewide COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state will move into Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, easing capacity limits that had been placed on many businesses. This is despite dramatic increases since late May in the number of...

Governor announces formation of task force to examine law enforcement training, policies in wake of Floyd death

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has formed a task force to examine law enforcement training and policies. Hutchinson announced the task force Tuesday, which he said will issue recommendations by the end of the year. Its duties will also include...

Hutchinson backs off lifting virus limits by region as new hospitalizations hit record high

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor is backing off the possibility of allowing just some parts of the state to lift coronavirus restrictions after the state hit a new record (171) for people hospitalized from the virus. It's not clear when Gov. Asa Hutchinson...

Arkansas may further ease coronavirus limits by region

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas governor says he's considering allowing some parts of the state to further ease coronavirus restrictions even as active cases continue to rise overall. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he’s considering entering the next phase of lifting virus restrictions by...

7 Arkansas St. athletes positive for COVID-19, no symptoms

"This is a day we knew would come," said Arkansas State University Chancellor Kelly Damphousse in an email Thursday regarding news that seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days. Damphousse says the seven athletes are from three...

Walmart moves guns, ammunition in some stores to secure area

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at some of its stores. The move comes in the wake of the killing of George Floyd that has set off sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against African...

AP News: Arkansas’ active virus cases keep increasing; six more dead

The number of cases continues to rise in Arkansas of the illness caused by the corona outbreak, and officials say six more people in the state have died, according to the Associated Press. The Health Department said Wednesday that at least 8,067 people in the...