Arkansas has first 2 virus deaths; session to start Thursday



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is reporting its first coronavirus deaths. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that two people have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Faulkner County’s deputy coroner says a 91-year-old man died at a hospital in Conway. State Health Secretary Dr. Nathaniel Smith says the other death was a central Arkansas patient in their 50s. The number of coronavirus cases in the Natural State rose Tuesday from 201 to at least 232. Hutchinson says he is planning to call a special session beginning Thursday to address a $353 million shortfall the state faces because of the effects of the virus pandemic.

Kenny Rogers