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Sunday open line and another delayed COVID report

Another delay today in state report on COVID numbers.

Asa the hypocrite on national TV : He claims discomfort with no-exception abortion ban, but won't do anything about it

Asa tries to have it both ways. The record doesn't help him much

More vote suppresion to come? Poll is ominous.

Are more plans in the works to make it harder to vote in Arkansas? A telephone poll raises the question.

UPDATE: North Little Rock police kill barricaded suspect who shot officer

Suspect killed by police and officer suffers minor wound in Sunday morning standoff.

COVID yesterday: Active cases top 10,000

Another big rise in new cases.

The Saturday open line

Place uplifting news here.

What cruelty comes next for Arkansas women thanks to the Supreme Court's egregious reversal of Roe

What additional restrictions are in store for Arkansas women? Criminal penalties?

The abortion apocalypse threatens the First Amendment, too

Free speech will be the next right to be abridged, if last night is any indication.

Arkansans leading from the front in the fight for Roe

"When rights are taken away from one of us, they are taken from all of us."

Do not rehire: A vote for Leslie Rutledge is a vote for ...

Leslie Rutledge said what?
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From Rock Candy

A Rowdy Faith at Hibernia Friday night

This show at Hibernia Irish Tavern marks a reemergence to the stage for the duo, and the music’s tendency to gravitate to themes of lightness/heaviness couldn’t feel more timely in 2022. If you can manage to make it to the end of their set without becoming a die-hard fan, you may want to have your pulse checked by a licensed physician.

Yola portrays rock 'n' roll pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Baz Luhrmann's 'Elvis'

Hopefully Yola's turn as Arkansas native Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Baz Luhrmann's new "Elvis" biopic will inspire more people to learn about the legacy of Tharpe and the influence she had on rock 'n' roll giants such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Johnny Cash, to name a few.

Two Arkansas stops for Sky Creature this week

Sky Creature in Bentonville and Hot Springs this week.

North Mississippi Allstars give free show at Argenta Plaza Friday night

Luther and Cody et al. in Argenta Friday.

Author and Parkview graduate Susie Dumond on baking, writing novels and embracing queer communities in the South

At its core, this rom-com is a book about visibility. Little Rock native Susie Dumond writes about the experience of queer people making their way in red state culture.

Little Rock's Juneteenth continues this weekend with a Leela James concert, fun run and street party

This year, Little Rock’s celebration adds a 5K walk/run to the street party festivities (trucks and vendors, a kids zone, music and entertainment), which routes runners past historical sites like Arkansas Baptist College, Little Rock Central High School, Philander Smith College and the home of Mifflin Gibbs, the first elected Black municipal judge in the United States.

Thursday night at White Water Tavern: Annie Ford, O'Keefe, Whoa Dakota

Annie Ford, O'Keefe and Whoa Dakota up at White Water Tavern Thursday night.

$1.5 million from Windgate for Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's new community music center

A major boost for the symphony's plans to build a community music center on the grounds of Heifer International in downtown Little Rock.

Bill Mize at Argenta Acoustic Music Series Thursday night

The world of acoustic fingerstyle playing is a tightly knit one, and this series in Argenta is one of the best-kept secrets in town, bringing masters like Mize into a room with pristine recital-level acoustics that make North Little Rock’s Main Street on the other side of the theater’s curtains feel a million miles away.

25th anniversary block party at Sue Cowan Williams Library tonight

A silver anniversary for Sue Cowan Williams Library tonight.
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Tales from the trail: a Barbecue Trail update with “The Burger Chef,” Michael Dampier

"Some of those places that have no bling, no advertising, no nothing, they’ll sneak up on you and surprise you."

Historic Arkansas Museum hosting first ever 'Hop-Off' historic home brew competition

Fashioned after the museum’s popular December eggnog competition (the Nog-Off), the Hop-Off will invite guests to sample the brews and be the judge for the title of People’s Choice Award.

'CWS Jello Shot Challenge' restaurant to donate a big part of the proceeds to campus food pantries

Owners of Rocco's Pizza in Omaha, sight of the "CWS Jello Shot Challenge," are donating $2 per shot purchase to food pantries at UA and Ole Miss.

Summer specials now available at Raduno highlight local ingredients

The new summer specials now available at Raduno incorporate a wide range of local ingredients.

Hubcap Burger Co. on Cantrell closed permanently

Hubcap Burger Company will not reopen after a truck crashed into the building in March.

Hog fans break Jello shot record at Rocco's Pizza in Omaha

One huge win, 3,416 Jello shots taken.

Razorback baseball fans pounded nearly 1,000 Jello shots in 3 hours at Rocco's Pizza in Omaha today

Three hours, 21 hits, 17 runs later ...

Loblolly Creamery debuting new tiny batch series with Smoked Old Fashioned ice cream

Loblolly is churning up the first of its new tiny batch series with a smoked old fashioned flavor made with its Rock Town Distillery bourbon ice cream base, bourbon-soaked cherries, orange zest and bitters.

The Grind Coffee Bistro in West Little Rock reopening Saturday after March fires at both locations on the same night

Heaven McKinney is reopening her West Little Rock location in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center at 11525 Cantrell Road on Saturday.

Wright's Barbecue pings Little Rock in cryptic tweet and we're now very hungry

Hey, Little Rock! Why is Wright's Barbecue in our mentions ... ?
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