WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha; retired Adm. Mike Mullen, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chair.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday named an interim secretary of health and a new director of the state Health Department.
Hutchinson named Renee Mallory as interim secretary, replacing outgoing Secretary Dr.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has accumulated a nearly $1 billion budget surplus for the fiscal year more quickly than expected, state finance officials said Tuesday.
The Department of Finance and Administration said the state's net available revenue for the fiscal year, which began July 1, totals $6.1 billion.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday he is weighing a presidential run in 2024 and his decision won't be affected by whether former President Donald Trump decides to join the race.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova; Samantha Power, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday that he was considering calling a special session of the Arkansas Legislature later this year after finance officials said they expected the state's surplus to hit $1 billion by the end of the year.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday said he was refusing most of $146 million in federal pandemic rental assistance the state was to receive, citing the state's low unemployment rate and economic climate.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero, who has led the state's response to COVID-19 for most of the coronavirus pandemic, announced Tuesday that he is resigning to take a job with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson proposed on Tuesday a $1 million expansion of a program that supervises high-risk parolees.
Hutchinson called for adding 10 officers to the intensive supervision program, which monitors high-risk offenders on parole who have a history of violence or gang affiliation.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law legislation Tuesday giving one-time payments to law enforcement officers and raising state troopers' pay as lawmakers wrapped up this year's session.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers gave initial approval Monday to a $6 billion state budget for the coming year, moving closer toward wrapping up this year's session.
The majority-Republican House and Senate approved identical versions of the proposed Revenue Stabilization law, which prioritizes state spending based on expected revenue.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers approved setting aside in $1 million in state funds Thursday for private pregnancy resource centers that discourage pregnant women from getting an abortion.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers gave initial approval Wednesday to a plan to give a one-time, $5,000 payment to law enforcement officers around the state.
The Senate voted 33-0 in favor of legislation setting aside $50 million for the payments, which Republican Gov.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told agencies to review whether the state has any business contracts with Russia as he condemned its war with Ukraine.
Hutchinson on Monday night announced he had sent a letter to his 15 Cabinet secretaries calling for a review of the state's departments to see if any contracts or agreements exist between Arkansas, Russia or other Russian entities.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday that thousands of state employees would receive a 2% cost-of-living wage and salary adjustment, citing inflationary pressures as a reason for granting the pay raise.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday dropped a ban on the public using cellular devices to record and livestream its sessions from the gallery and created a process to credential media organizations covering the chamber.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' majority-Republican Senate rejected a push Tuesday for an abortion ban modeled after Texas' restrictive law, with abortion opponents divided about emulating their neighbor's approach as they await a key ruling from the U.S.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday called for tapping into the state's surplus to give local law enforcement a one-time $5,000 payment and new equipment, as the Republican delivered his final state of the state address.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is delivering his last state of state address to lawmakers and kicking off what may be his last legislative session with the state sitting on a more than a $1 billion surplus and the latest surge in COVID-19 cases subsiding.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas prison officials on Friday said they were lifting movement restrictions imposed on their facilities and will allow in-person visitation to resume next month as a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state continued to ease.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson called Thursday for tapping into the state's surplus to pay for adding nearly 500 beds to the state prison system.
Hutchinson said $60 million to $100 million would be needed for the 498-bed expansion of the state's North Central Unit in Calico Rock, 95 miles (153 kilometers) north of Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas built up a surplus of more than $240 million so far this year as the state's revenue beat expectations last month, the state's finance office said Wednesday.
The Department of Finance and Administration said the state's net available revenue so far this fiscal year is more than $4.1 billion, which was $240.8 million above forecast and $275 million higher than a year ago.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has reported that outside groups paid for more than $32,000 of his travel expenses outside the state last year.
Hutchinson reported the trips on his annual statement of financial interest filed last week.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Susan Collins, R-Maine; Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported on Saturday its biggest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since the pandemic began in 2020.
The increase in hospitalizations comes as the state continues to feel the surge of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders raised $1.6 million in the final three months of last year in her bid for Arkansas governor, her campaign said Tuesday.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that a $3 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas could help the state lure the auto industry to the state.
Hutchinson and state Commerce Secretary Mike Preston hailed the mill that the United States Steel Corp.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday proposed a $6 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that includes increases for public schools. services for the developmentally disabled and higher starting salaries for state troopers.
EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) — Conservative Republican state Sen. Trent Garner of El Dorado will not seek re-election.
“It is time for me to serve the people of south Arkansas in a different role,” Garner said in a statement on Twitter.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken; Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D.; Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot; Rep.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge says he won't recuse himself from hearing a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' new state House maps, rejecting complaints from groups who cited his connections to the state's Republican attorney general and governor.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor on Tuesday deployed National Guard members to help with hospitals' COVID-19 testing sites as the state's coronavirus cases continued to spike.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he's authorized 50 Guard members to assist at hospitals around the state, in addition to 10 that were deployed Monday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Groups representing Arkansas' pediatricians and teachers called for more school districts to require face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus Monday, as the state's virus cases and hospitalizations continued to grow.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Eric Adams, mayor-elect of New York City; Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state recorded its highest one-day count of confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began Thursday amid an omicron-fueled surge in the virus across the country.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Wednesday struck down a state law that prevents schools and other governmental entities from requiring face masks.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox had already temporarily blocked the law in August.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in Arkansas, making federal relief funding available in five north eastern counties hit by tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest and South this month.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas was reporting 1,314 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the largest one-day increase in cases since September.
That tops the 1,365 new cases reported in the state on Sept.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that the federal government has approved the state's proposal to overhaul its Medicaid expansion.
“This will allow 300,000 low-income Arkansans to continue to receive health care under our qualified insurance plans that have been very successful in Arkansas in expanding health care,” Hutchinson said.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Friday reported its first case of the omicron COVID-19 variant as the state's coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continued to increase.
The Arkansas Department of Health did not release information about the person's location, age or gender, nor whether they had been vaccinated.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials said Wednesday that they have extended into next year the deadline for applying for rental relief after little of the state's share of the federal funds for the program had been spent.
MONETTE, Ark. (AP) — Two people were killed in northeastern Arkansas as tornadoes struck several states in the region, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Saturday in Monette.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday approved the largest tax cut in state history, adjourning a special session without taking up an abortion ban modeled after Texas' or other measures some Republican lawmakers hoped to add to the agenda.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday gave initial approval to the largest tax cut in the state's history, as legislative leaders hoped to wrap up a special session without taking up a Texas-style abortion ban or other items.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that he'll call the Legislature back into session next week to take up a tax cut plan, and that he hoped lawmakers would hold off on efforts to enact an abortion ban similar to one in neighboring Texas.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican panel on Monday approved new boundaries for Arkansas' state House and Senate seats that creates a new majority-Hispanic district but still drew complaints that it dilutes minority voters' representation in the Legislature.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Dr, Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Gov.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A longtime state legislator who left the Republican Party earlier this year following the Jan.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge is holding a trial on whether to strike down a state law he's temporarily blocked that bans mask mandates by schools and other governmental entities.
The trial begins Monday before Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox, who in August issued a preliminary injunction preventing the state from enforcing the ban.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Thursday reported 907 new COVID-19 cases, the third day of sharp increases as Gov. Asa Hutchinson urged people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The increase, which brings the state's total COVID-19 cases to 522,460 since the pandemic began, marked the third day in a row the state had reported more than 800 new cases.