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County judge appears ready to go to battle with judges on juvenile hiring

County Judge Barry Hyde is pressing his plan to take over responsibility for juvenile probation services in Pulaski County from circuit judges. A legal fight seems possible.

Judge Griffen presents new reason for dismissal of ethics complaint, lack of timely action

Judge Wendell Griffen says a pending ethics complaint against him should be dismissed because action hasn't been taken in time set out by the rules.

Thursday news headlines

Here's the video roundup of headlines and comment. Also it's the open line.

Loose barges hit dam on Arkansas River in Oklahoma

40/29 TV captures video of runaway bridges hitting dam on rain-swollen Arkansas River in Oklahoma.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders defends Trump tantrum with one of her own

A remarkably dishonest, contemptuous performance today by Arkansas native daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders, filling her role as apologist and defender for Donald Trump.
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UA Board approves campus budgets, including UA Little Rock

The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees this morning approved campus budgets for next year, including deficit spending proposed by UA Little Rock.

Legal marijuana backers lose another round in court

The Arkansas Supreme Court today dismissed as moot a request by Arkansas True Grass to require the attorney general to certify the form of their proposal to legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

Ask the Times: Can I laminate my medical marijuana card?

Question: On my first trip to a medical marijuana dispensary, an employee there encouraged me to laminate my medical marijuana card because the dispensary had already seen cards with the identifying numbers rubbed off, rendering them useless. But when I called a Health Department hotline, the person I spoke with told me I couldn't laminate. What gives?

Mayor Pete's Little Rock connection

Mayor Pete once spoke in Little Rock. I was there. Sorry. I didn't take notes.

John Thurston leads the pack in KATV review of state office expenses

KATV rooted through expenditures of state officeholders and John Thurston, recently upgraded from land commissioner to secretary of state, led the pack in expenses.
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From Rock Candy

‘Hipbillies’ is a homesteading mythbuster set in the Ozarks

Land in the Ozarks at that time was relatively inexpensive, but even the most well-intended homesteaders could run into snags born of inexperience. Take, for example, Cindy Davidson and a group from Little Rock, who inadvertently purchased a parcel of land with no road access whatsoever.

Kari Faux debuts dark, dazzling video for "Night Time"

Kari Faux teams up with director Dylan McGale for the release of her new music video, "Night Time." One of five tracks from Faux's latest EP "Cry 4 Help," released in March, the "Night Time" video is a lush, moody look into the end of a relationship and a loss of privacy.

Summer is coming and so is Pig and Swig

It’s the time of year for seersucker suits, sipping whiskey and watching the river flow by. You can be that laid-back and party, too, at the third annual Arkansas Times Pig and Swig, coming to the River Market on Friday, June 14.

Arkansas Times Film Series screens Gillian Armstrong's "My Brilliant Career"

Gillian Armstrong's debut feature "My Brilliant Career" (1979) is as rural and wild as the Australian outback in which it's set, and reads a little like a response to Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead." But, as Michelle Obama replied so aptly, though, "That shit doesn't work all the time."

Opera in the Rock's "Madama Butterfly" a triumph

Mondanaro brought the libretto to absolute life. Her lines were smooth and spinning and radiant, and so nimble that she was able to lend that lovely element of surprise Puccini’s phrases can have, in the right hands — the kind where you’re not sure if a line of dialogue is going to blossom suddenly and swell upward, or demure modestly in a downward flutter and disappear.
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Arkansas Times Recommends: Yotam Ottolenghi's Instagram, Captain Disillusion, "The Dream" podcast, the return of David Berman and more

Also, food art, genius.com, Brenda's chicharrons, "Fleabag" season 2 and more.

'Cabaret of Daggers': A Q&A with Tav Falco

the legacy of my mother was what she left spiritually. That’s how I am driven today to continue my bizarre little career on its 40th anniversary howl. It’s time to say things loud and clear. The artist can no longer remain silent under these conditions. It is no longer good enough to be an entertainer; you have to say something and you have to take a stance. That goes for everybody.

"Black Broadway" mural in Hot Springs nears completion

Pepe Gaka and young Hot Springs artists are putting the finishing touches on the mural "Black Broadway" on the wall of the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Greg Thompson closing Argenta gallery

Greg Thompson, owner of Greg Thompson Fine Art at 429 Main St., announced today he will close the gallery but will continue to sell art as Greg Thompson Fine Art Inc. and Fine Art Investments LLC. 

"Madama Butterfly" at The Rep: A Q&A with Kate Sain and Joshua Price of Opera in the Rock

With help from The John and Robyn Horn Foundation, Opera in the Rock stages a fully orchestrated "Madama Butterfly" at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre this weekend.
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Summer is coming and so is Pig and Swig

It’s the time of year for seersucker suits, sipping whiskey and watching the river flow by. You can be that laid-back and party, too, at the third annual Arkansas Times Pig and Swig, coming to the River Market on Friday, June 14.
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The Capital's Seafood House off to a good start

Prince Williams hopes his bar and seafood shack will earn a reputation for solid food and keep people coming back. The duck gumbo will make us return.

The deep-fried cauliflower at Blue Sage Vegan is your new favorite sandwich

If you are not currently wedging some deep-fried cauliflower into your work week, you might not be doing it right. 

Feast on grasshoppers with the Southern Foodways Alliance

The 2019 Summer Field Trip of the Southern Foodways Alliance is hopping over to Bentonville in June.
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700,000-piece mosaic icon (and new eats) to debut at Greek Food Fest

Two-dimensional Byzantine iconography surrounds the Anunciation visitor on all sides — intentionally presented in a flat matte style, "not meant to be Renaissance art," Father Nicholas said — but now, the eye is drawn to the radiant glass at the altar, Christ in a gold robe and halo, holding a chalice in one hand and the Eucharist symbol on the other. Over 200 shades of glass and eight months of work went into the icon, Father Nicholas said. 
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A stone's throw from Hillcrest: Stone's Throw opens second location

Stone's Throw Brewing opens its Stifft Station Taproom on May 7.
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Arkansas Brewers Guild grows alongside state’s beer industry

The state beer brewers alliance has helped Arkansas craft beer grow faster than other states.
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Come out to the Arkansas Times Margarita Festival tonight!

Come savor the season with salsa moves and swill at the third annual Arkansas Times Margarita Festival, presented by Milagro Tequila, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 2, on the field of War Memorial Stadium.
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Plant-based pub grub at Ester's in SoMa

Thanks to handful of pop-ups, food trucks and brick and mortars, it's getting a little easier to eat vegan in Little Rock without trekking westward for a Whole Foods trip.
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Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival at the Clinton Presidential Center this weekend

Central Arkansas has a surprising pocket of authentic Italian culture stretching all the way back to the early 20th century, and it's on display for three spring days — Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 — in downtown Little Rock.
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