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Physicist and Pine Bluff native Chris Jones makes his bid for governor official

Jones, 44, said he wants to rebuild infrastructure, invest in health care and education and create more and better jobs. 

ACLU asks federal court to enjoin ban on transgender health care

ACLU asks court to stop law.

Today's news: A 'smoldering' virus and violence are among the topics

The news includes a daily dose of racism from Arkansas senators who denied such a thing exists in these United States.

Governor touts change to expanded Medicaid coverage program; forms cyber security group; notes another rise in COVID cases.

Governor Hutchinson's weekly briefing covered rising COVID cases, a new Medicaid program and cyber security.

UA scraps $17 million land sale in East Arkansas

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Pine Bluff native Chris Jones launches governor bid with a pretty sweet video

Renaissance man Chris Jones aims to add "governor" to his already outlandishly accomplished resume. Jones, 44, will officially announce his candidacy in his native Pine Bluff this afternoon. Check out his video.

It's time for a road trip! How will you do Hot Springs?

It t’s time to plan your trip to Hot Springs. Picking the things to see and do in the Spa City is so easy; the only hard part is fitting it all in.
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River Mountain mountain bike trails opening June 16

Little Rock's first pro-built urban mountain bike park opens to the public Thursday. The new trails are in River Mountain Park, just west of I-430, above the Little Maumelle River Boat Launch and the Little Rock side of the Two Rivers Park Bridge.

A violent night in Little Rock

Another violent night in the capital.

UAMS issues latest forecast on COVID-19 in Arkansas. Situation: 'Smoldering.'

The virus isn't over and there are causes for concern, medical authorities say.
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From Rock Candy

Duane Jackson steps down as director of The Weekend Theater

After three years as The Weekend Theater's artistic director Duane Jackson is resigning from the position at the volunteer-run, social justice-minded theater company at the corner of 7th and Chester streets in downtown Little Rock.

Punk rock baseball and 'The Sandlot' tonight at Interstate Park

Punk rock baseball at Interstate Park tonight.

Judy Tenenbaum dead at 71

Argenta Community Theater co-founder and philanthropist Judy Tenenbaum died unexpectedly last Thursday.

Arkansauce, Erin Enderlin, The Salty Dogs among winners at 2021 Arkansas Country Music Awards

The Arkansas Country Music Awards, held Monday, June 7 at Reynolds Performance Hall on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas, paid tribute to The Natural State's legacy of country music with performances from Amy Helm, Bonnie Montgomery, Shawn Camp, Mark Currey and others.

Check out this illustrated history of Louisiana's first Black lieutenant governor, penned by UA Little Rock prof Brian Mitchell

Mitchell worked with editor Nick Weldon and illustrator Barrington Edwards on the book, which follows Dunn as he was born into slavery, emancipated at age 10, elected lieutenant governor of Louisiana in 1868 and died mysteriously in 1873, just as he was poised to become Louisiana's first Black governor.
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Weekend To-Do List: Erin Enderlin, 'Baggo, Brats & Blues,' Rev. Horton Heat with Dale Watson and more

Erin Enderlin at the Old State House Museum, the Big Red Ball Homebrew Contest, Charlotte Taylor at The Rail Yard for Habitat for Humanity and more.

Free outdoor concerts every Sunday in June at Red & Blue: Levelle Davison, Isaac Alexander, Salty Dogs, John Paul Keith and more

Note "Rhythm in the Rock," a music and food fest going up every Sunday afternoon in June at Red & Blue Event Venue (1415 W. 7th St).

'Put some beef on it': Five Questions with Joe Yoder of Joe and The Feels

"Beef" and the rest of the tracks on "Unsupervised," like Yoder's music with Little Rock outfit The See, are the sort of melody-driven pop rock anthems made for howling along to in a sweaty circle of friends at a concert — were they not concocted in a concertless era.

Bobby Bones crushes a school bus and dangles above the Grand Canyon for new Nat Geo show

Garland County native and radio/TV mogul Bobby Bones has a new show on the National Geographic channel called "Breaking Bobby Bones."

Weekend To-Do List: Rodney Block at Wildwood, Pride Gay-llery Walk in Hot Springs, Tails and Tunes at the zoo

Rodney Block at Wildwood, a Pride-themed art walk through downtown Hot Springs and an after-hours shindig at the zoo this weekend.
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The Root Cafe celebrates 10th birthday

The Root will reopen its indoor dining room on Friday, July 9.

Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill reopening July 7

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership announced yesterday on Facebook that Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill will be reopening on July 7, more than four months after a water main rupture flooded the restaurant's basement during the snowstorm that hit Arkansas in February.

Historic Arkansas Museum celebrates the tomato in second History is Served dinner

Tickets are sold out for the second dinner in the 2021 “History is Served: Arkansas Foodways Dinner Series," which features a tomato-centric menu by Scott Rains of Table 28. But more meals are planned.

Count Porkula BBQ announces additional location, partnership with JTJ Restaurants

Count Porkula BBQ, a food truck turned brick and mortar restaurant housed within The Rail Yard at 1212 E. Sixth St., announced a partnership with Jim Keet’s JTJ Restaurants to open its first stand-alone location in early 2022.

Lonoke County's Finest: The Grumpy Rabbit is field trip-worthy

The Grumpy Rabbit is destination dining.
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"I want the tacos for dipping" — Quesabirria via La Casa De Mi Abuelita Maw Maw's House

Quesabirria is their bestseller. Geovanny Villagran prefers to make birria with brisket or chuck meat cooked slowly (eight to nine hours) with a mix of dry peppers and Mexican spices.

Food Truck Friday and vaccinations Saturday at Simmons Bank Arena

Today's the last chance to catch Food Truck Friday at Simmons Bank Arena.

Get Certified 

Certified Pies opened up the first week of October, becoming the first ghost kitchen pizza concept in Arkitchen and the only Black-owned pizza business in Little Rock.

'What'chu Eatin' Wednesdays' brings food trucks to Library Square and CALS Williams Library

The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square has recently launched "What'chu Eatin Wednesdays," where every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. a different food truck will be in the square parked on Rock Street between the parking deck entrance and Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art. Today, Lili's gets high marks from us.

Petit & Keet reviving menu from Jacques and Suzanne for two nights

Petit & Keet is celebrating its fourth anniversary on May 18 by bringing back the dishes that made Jacques and Suzanne one of the premier spots for fine dining in Little Rock in the '70s and '80s.
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