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Message from a medical resident with COVID-19: Listen to the experts

Arkansas Children's Hospital resident quarantined at home wants people to take COVID-19 seriously.

Inslee and Hutchinson on Meet the Press

Asa joins a Democratic govenror on Meet the Press.

The masked news roundup and open line

The lone is open, following the news from a masked man,.

Today's Arkansas coronavirus briefing: Distancing and more deaths

He also issued an order banning rental of hotel/motel/short-term rental space to recreational travelers from out of state.

Pastor: Church still on in Jonesboro

For now, governor's wishes or no, Sunday service is on at Awaken Church in Jonesboro
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Notice filed of mass furloughs by Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau

More than 160 full- and part-time workers go off the clock Monday.

Will in-person school resume in Arkansas? The governor will announce Monday.

Will school resume in Arkansas April 17. I doubt it. We'll find out Monday.

Massacres: Figurative and literal in the time of Trump

A Friday night political massacre by Donald Trump amid the growing death toll from a crisis he's mismanaged.

The morning coronavirus report: Two more deaths

The death count rises to 14.

UPDATE: Homicide found during DWI check in SWLR

DWI check leads to discovery of personal with fatal gunshot wound.
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From Rock Candy

SXSW to open up its film festival collection online for free

SXSW is turning the film festival selections it had slated for its now-canceled 2020 lineup into an online festival. 

From Nigeria to rural Arkansas: Oluwatobi Adewumi on culture shock, crowns and quarantine

"I kind of lean towards beauty — to me, beauty carries more weight," Adewumi said. "Women have some kind of energy. … To me, they speak volumes more."

CALS launches curbside library service at two branches

CALS launches curbside pickup at the Main and Terry Library branches.

Lights out at the White Water: A Q&A with Matt White

We talk with Matt White, co-owner of the storied White Water Tavern, about the bar's hiatus.

Watching "Ozark?" Listen for Little Rock musicians on Episode 9

Check out the (mostly) Little Rock outfit The Romany Rye on the new season of Netflix's "Ozark."
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COVID-19 pushes the pause button on the Little Rock music industry

Arkansas musicians and venue owners talk about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the music industry.

Blowout: Little Rock’s beauty and tattoo workers talk pandemic

We talked to five people in (and around) the beauty and grooming industry about COVID-19-related closures, and about what they see coming in the months ahead. 

A guide to sports on the screen in the age of COVID-19

Where to watch sports in a (mostly) sports-less world.

Wednesday Night Poetry marks its 1,626th consecutive week with a virtual open mic

The legendarily long-running poetry series in Hot Springs goes live tonight at 7 p.m. CST on the WNP Facebook page, with "video poems" from over 40 poets near and far presented as a "virtual open mic." 

Make a movie this weekend for 48 Hour Film's "Stuck at Home" series

Holed up at home? Might as well make a movie.
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Arkansas Cinema Society buys up vouchers for local restaurants, turns them into trivia prizes

Arkansas Cinema Society is buying up gift certificates from local restaurants to turn into prizes for a trivia series that celebrates ACS' third year.

Electric Ghost and Few launch 'Support Hospitality Workers' merch

Arlton Lowry of Few.io, Shannon and Brooks Tipton of Electric Ghost/Phantom Palm and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership are linking up to help out-of-work or underemployed service industry workers.

El Sur’s baleadas are without rival

My favorite thing to eat in Little Rock right now is the baleada con todo from El Sur, Luis Vasquez’s Honduran food truck often found (in normal times) in the South Main neighborhood.

Dero Sanford offers free food photography for local restaurants during the pandemic

Six days ago, Sanford put out a call on his social media platforms offering to do five free shots of plated food for Central Arkansas restaurants in need of some enticing promotional material.

Capi Peck coordinates meal train to nursing home beset by COVID-19

Capi Peck — city director for West Little Rock’s Ward 4 and the “self-taught good cook” behind Trio’s Restaurant — has launched a “meal train” to feed medical and support staff at Briarwood Nursing Center, a senior care facility on Rodney Parham Road that’s currently beset by an outbreak of COVID-19.
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The Root Cafe has a grocery market

Add The Root Cafe to a growing list of restaurants modifying their operations for increased curbside and delivery service.

Copper Grill channeling donations to feed first responders

Downtown Little Rock's Copper Grill, for one, is channeling donations from a GoFundMe campaign to help make meals for first responders during the coronavirus crisis. 

Service industry workers register for DLRP's "virtual tip jar"

Downtown Little Rock Partnership launched a "virtual tip jar" Friday, compiling the Venmo and Paypal accounts of Little Rock service industry workers to give them a boost during financially dubious times.

Eight places to buy groceries that aren't Kroger

If you're having trouble finding pantry staples and fresh produce at the big box grocery stores, might we suggest you patronize a local establishment like Heights Corner Market or Sam's Oriental?

Little Rock restaurant workers weigh in on the pandemic

I’ve been waiting tables for 13 years, and I’ve never been scared to go to work. As the virus is spreading throughout the country and Arkansas, I wanted to talk to other service industry workers here in Little Rock about how they’ve been feeling, and what changes their restaurants or bars have had to make to try to deal with this pandemic.  
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