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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Public health researchers on Tuesday called the rapid rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Arkansas a "raging forest fire," and the state's top health official warned that he expects significant outbreaks in schools.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized due to the coronavirus jumped by 106 over the weekend in Arkansas, which is leading the nation in new virus cases per capita.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' campaign on Thursday said she had raised another $4.2 million for her bid for Arkansas governor.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — What police initially thought was a fatal officer-involved shooting of an armed man outside a Little Rock hospital emergency room turned out to be a self-inflicted shooting, the state medical examiner said Tuesday.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — For the second day in a row, Arkansas reported Thursday its biggest one-day spike in four months of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, an increase officials have blamed on the delta variant of the virus.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday asked a federal judge to prevent Arkansas from enforcing its ban on gender-related treatments for transgender youth while a lawsuit challenging the prohibition proceeds.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters asked a federal judge on Monday to prevent Arkansas' near-total ban on the procedure from taking effect while the groups challenge its constitutionality.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge and former Republican lawmaker on Thursday announced he's running for a seat on the state Supreme Court, which has been drawn the attention and spending by outside conservative groups in recent years.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas veterans hospital's poor oversight caused it to miss the errors made by a pathologist who was fired for being impaired on duty and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, according to an inspector general's report released Wednesday.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' near-total ban on the procedure that's part of an effort by conservatives to force the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Roe v. Wade decision.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An inspection of the Interstate 55 bridge connecting Tennessee and Arkansas began Tuesday, a week after the span became the states' primary Mississippi River crossing when a cracked steel beam prompted the indefinite closure of the nearby Interstate 40 bridge.

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Arkansans in need of rent relief are now able to apply for assistance, the Arkansas Department of Human Services announced Monday in a digital conference.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An inspector who failed to discover a crack in the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee that prompted the span's closure has been fired, Arkansas transportation officials said Monday.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — River traffic has reopened on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee, three days after it was closed when a crack was discovered in the Interstate 40 bridge that connects Tennessee and Arkansas, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' capital city is dropping its requirement to wear a mask to combat the coronavirus following loosened federal guidance and a new state law that will ban local mandates, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott said Friday.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Repairs to the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee could take months after a crack was found in the span, forcing thousands of trucks and cars to detour and shutting down shipping on a section of the Mississippi River, a transportation official said Wednesday.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday formed a panel to come up with ways to spend the $1.5 billion the state is receiving from the latest federal coronavirus relief package.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sluggish COVID-19 vaccination rates for Arkansas prison workers are raising concerns about the prison system's ability to ward off disease during the pandemic's next phase and against more-contagious variants, according to public health and incarceration experts.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is ending its participation in the federal unemployment program that gives workers an additional $300 a week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday, citing a shortage of workers.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will open up coronavirus vaccinations to anyone 16 and older, and is dropping its mask mandate immediately, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed into law legislation allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone because of religious or moral objections, a move opponents have said will give providers broad powers to turn away LGBTQ patients and others.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Cities won't be able to enforce their own mask mandates to curb the coronavirus when Arkansas ends its requirement as soon as next week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday.

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