Rapert files bill to ban abortions in Arkansas

Republicans hoping to test the conservative lean of the U.S. Supreme Court filed legislation last week proposing an outright ban on abortions, in what they say is an attempt to force an end to the controversial procedure by having the justices rule on the issue. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Active cases hit 17,745, setting a new Arkansas high

The number of active covid-19 cases in the state set a daily record Saturday even as the new case count and the number of people hospitalized with the virus decreased, according to Arkansas Health Department data. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

LIVES REMEMBERED: Crafter, singer, anglers among virus’s taken

A former president of the Marshall Islands, 80, living in Springdale. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Post-graft, GIF funds get added supervision

Two years after scandals rocked the state Capitol, the once-misused money that flowed into the state General Improvement Fund now flows through a regular budget process, state records show. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

State will get newest nurses on job quickly

As the number of hospitalized covid-19 patients as well as those in intensive care units and on ventilators — and the number of active cases — hit new daily highs Friday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state is expediting licensing and waiving fees for the more than 1,100 nursing students graduating next month. Top Featured…

Hendrix College hails $15M Windgate gift

Hendrix College in Conway on Friday received a $15 million gift from the Windgate Foundation — the largest outright gift in the private liberal arts university’s history. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

5 school districts change operations tied to virus

At least five school districts have made adjustments in operations this week because of the coronavirus pandemic. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Arkansas sees 2,238 increase in virus cases

The number of covid-19 patients in intensive care units, as well as the tally of active cases and the number of coronavirus patients on ventilators, hit all-time highs Thursday after 2,238 new cases were reported, according to data from the Arkansas Department of Health. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Governor calls covid-19 talk with Biden ‘helpful’

When it comes to combating the coronavirus, the nation’s states don’t need a one-size-fits-all approach, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Schools’ total for virus cases reaches 2,559

Active cases in public school systems across the state continued to increase this week, according to data released Thursday evening by the Arkansas Department of Health. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Judge halts federal execution of man in Texas teen’s killing

A judge halted the scheduled execution Thursday of a man convicted of kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old Texas girl, bludgeoning her with a shovel and burying her alive. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Hudson certified winner over Sorvillo in state House race

The Pulaski County Election Commission certified Democrat Ashley Hudson as the winner by a razor-thin margin in a state House election against the incumbent, state Rep. Jim Sorvillo, R-Little Rock, on Wednesday night, even as Republicans pledged to continue challenging the result. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Court rejects delay of pair of executions; Pine Bluff man’s death scheduled for today

A federal appeals court early Wednesday refused to delay the scheduled executions of two prisoners, including an Arkansas man whose execution is set for today, but allowed litigation seeking to modify the Justice Department’s lethal-injection procedures to continue. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Hospitalized virus patients in state at 901

Covid-19 hospitalizations in the state passed the 900 mark for the first time Wednesday, less than two weeks after topping 700 for the first time, and eight days after topping 800, according to data from the Arkansas Department of Health. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Hudson certified as winner over Sorvillo in state House race

The Pulaski County Election Commission certified Democrat Ashley Hudson as the winner by a razor-thin margin in a state House election against the incumbent, state Rep. Jim Sorvillo, R-Little Rock, on Wednesday night, even as Republicans pledged to continue challenging the result. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Arkansas schools to restart on-campus student testing in spring

Arkansas public schools will resume giving the ACT Aspire tests to third-through-10th grade students next spring. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Little Rock delays move on scooter rules

The Little Rock City Board of Directors on Tuesday voted to defer for two weeks a decision on a proposed ordinance adjusting the rules of the road for the dockless electric scooters that have proliferated downtown. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Prediction on virus rattles Hutchinson

The number of coronavirus patients in Arkansas hospitals and on ventilators set records Tuesday, and state officials pointed to a White House task force’s predictions to again plead with Arkansans to take measures to avoid the disease. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Little Rock legislator files suit, cites election errors

State Rep. Jim Sorvillo, R-Little Rock, filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to invalidate the results of his bid for reelection, saying that “irreparable” counting errors were made en route to a 24-vote lead for his Democratic opponent, Ashley Hudson. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Virus deaths hit 1-day high in Arkansas

Covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations in the state set daily records Monday as total deaths from the virus rose by 42, to 2,225, and those currently hospitalized rose by 31, to 861, according to Arkansas Health Department data. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Wipes-maker adding 300 jobs with Jonesboro plant expansion

A global manufacturer of disinfecting wipes announced Monday that it will invest $50 million and create 300 new jobs by expanding its Jonesboro facility through 2021. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Faulkner County officer cleared after dog’s killing

The Faulker County sheriff’s investigator who shot and killed a dog in Greenbrier on Nov. 9 while trying to locate a sex offender’s residence did not violate any laws or policies, according to a statement issued by Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals on Monday evening. Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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