Arkansas governor allows state’s COVID emergency to end

Fort Smith, Arkansas September 24, 2019 - The U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort smith Arkansas choose the 130th Anniversary of the U.S. Marshals to dedicate it’s brand new Hall of Honor and the museum building itself. This is the first part of the museum to be finished so far, the museum is still under construction and hopes to open to the public by the end of next year. Speakers at todays dedication included Doug Babb, Sam T. Sicard, Robert A. Young III, Ltd. Governor Tim Griffin, Governor Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Marshals Director Donald Washington. Photo by: Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ emergency declaration because of the coronavirus has expired, but the state’s governor says the state is still in a very serious situation because of COVID-19. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday said he allowed the emergency to expire and would not seek an extension. But Hutchinson said that’s only because he didn’t need additional emergency powers to respond to the pandemic. Hutchinson reinstated the emergency in July and it expired on Monday. The state reported 800 new coronavirus cases and 21 additional COVID-19 deaths.