Articles by Andrew DeMillo

Arkansas Sees Near-Record Increase in COVID-19 Deaths

Arkansas on Wednesday reported its second-highest one-day increase in COVID-19 deaths so far and 649 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes the illness. The Department of Health said the 21 new deaths bring the state’s death toll to …

Arkansas Governor Rejects Panel’s Call to Close Bars to Prevent Virus Spread

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has rejected a White House task force’s recommendation that Arkansas close bars and implement other restrictions, despite the state posting the 9th highest rate of positive coronavirus tests in the country. The White House Coronavirus Task Force …

Arkansas Music Festival Cited for Violations of Virus Safety Rules

An Arkansas music festival that attracted thousands of people last weekend was cited by the state for violating coronavirus safety rules after attendees were seen not wearing masks or following social distancing requirements. Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control cited organizers of …

Arkansas Bar Linked to Virus Cases Forced to Close

Arkansas health officials have shut down a Little Rock bar after tracing it to a cluster of coronavirus cases and finding the business wasn’t complying with virus safety measures. The Department of Health on Saturday ordered Brewski’s Pub and Grub …

Arkansas Cities OK’d to Mandate Masks to Stem Virus Spread

Arkansas’ governor on July 3 signed an order allowing cities to enact measures requiring masks in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, relenting after opposing such mandates at the state or local level. Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an …

Arkansas Governor Signs Orders Giving Businesses Virus Lawsuit Protections

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson had granted businesses protections from coronavirus lawsuits, while the state’s epidemiologist said she’s concerned loosened restrictions may have caused some to lower their guard against the virus. Hutchinson signed executive orders that grants similar immunity to …

Governor Vows ‘Consequences’ if Arkansas Theater Proceeds with Concert

An Arkansas theater will face consequences that could be enforced by the police if it proceeds with its plan to defy the state’s coronavirus restrictions by holding what could be the country’s first major concert this far into the pandemic, …

Arkansas Panel: State’s Levees Need More Oversight

An Arkansas panel formed after historic flooding last year has released a report recommending increased oversight of the state’s levees, consolidation of some levee districts and state grants to fund improvements. Gov. Asa Hutchinson created the Arkansas Levee Task Force …

Judge Puts Hold on Enforcement of Arkansas’ Meat-Labeling Law

A federal judge has restricted Arkansas from enforcing a law that bans using terms such as “burger” or “sausage” to sell vegetarian and vegan products. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a preliminary injunction preventing the state from enforcing the …

Arkansas Senate Leader Proposes New Regulations, Tax on Vaping

Arkansas’ Senate president has proposed a new tax and regulations on vaping products, and said he hopes the governor will call lawmakers back to the Capitol to take up the issue. Republican Sen. Jim Hendren proposed the legislation in response …