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Teacher pay? The Arkansas Republican legislature says drop dead

Ho hum. says the legislature. My constituents are corporate titans, not school teachers.

Another burden on Arkansas in its cruel post-Roe world: Recruiting doctors willing to work here

What doctor who's expert in difficult pregnancies would want to practice in Arkansas?

Sunday open line and COVID report

A typical Sunday.

Cheaper insulin for Americans? Tom Cotton and John Boozman say no

Tom Cotton and John Boozman vote to help diabetics lower the cost of insulin? No way.

Little Rock City Hall squeaky wheel's FOI request for mayor gets some grease -- records on pay and expense account spending

A threat of prosecution is followed by belated production of records about Mayor Frank Scott's pay and expense acccount spending.

The coming legislative sesson: The Billionaires Bonanza signals the end of the progressive income tax in Arkansas

The coming legislative session is a Billionaire Bonanza and the end of progressive taxation in Arkansas.

Man with razor shot in Heber Springs confrontation with two officers

Officers shot man they say cut them with razors. None believed seriously wounded.

The open line and COVID report

The line is open.

SWLR shot clinic a paragon of efficiency

The high demand makes sense, considering the ongoing summer spike in infection rates and the first day of school for most students in the city coming around in a couple of weeks. Anyone unswayed by the health threat might have been enticed by the $50 gift cards that came with each shot, paid for by federal pandemic relief funds.

UPDATE: Contested race develops for Little Rock City Board seat

Race develops for another Board incumbent.
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Buried Treasure: There's a new record shop in the basement of the Arlington

The shop will do a soft opening this month and a grand opening on Friday, Sept. 2, in conjunction with Hot Springs' monthly First Friday Gallery Walk.

Free classical concert Friday from the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock

On the program: Bela Bartók's String Quartet No. 2 and Johannes Brahms' String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111.

Kevin Hart at Simmons Bank Arena Saturday, with cashless and cell-phone-free arena policies

If Kevin Hart is any indication, being an international celebrity in 2022 is wild, y’all. Also: No cash and no cell phones. Simmons Bank has gone cashless for its concessions, and the Hart show is prohibiting cell phones in the performance area.

Hank Williams Jr. at Simmons Bank Arena Friday

He’ll be joined by Old Crow Medicine Show, whose song “Wagon Wheel” has become an anthem that all of Simmons Bank Arena is sure to sing along to. 

Pinegrove plays Saturday at Rev Room

The indie rock band Pinegrove is coming to Little Rock with special guest Poise. It will be a night of powerful drums and folk influences.

Emily Moll Wood exhibit opens at THEA Friday

“Working from the many flower studies, combined with sketches from old photos of myself, my mother, my grandmothers, and great grandmothers, I create large paintings on inherited old tablecloths to draw attention to undervalued domestic work,” Wood wrote in an artist statement. She’ll be celebrated Aug. 5 with an opening reception.

Behold these truth bombs from the Arkansas Library Association's new public awareness campaign

Go, libraries!

Beast of a Time: A Q&A with Ayana Gray

Little Rock’s Ayana Gray weaves a love of history and power struggles into pan-African young adult fiction. We talk with Gray about man-eating lions, book sales during a pandemic, her dog Dolly, and the exotic land that is Arkansas, perpetually mystifying America at large.

Update: No Jimmy Doyle Country Club II — not right now, anyway

Turns out: A business called Pit Stop on Macarthur, which serves barbecue and Mexican food, wants to expand to serve beer, and is taking over the Jimmy Doyle license. 

Crystal Bridges, other museums share grant aimed at benefitting older adults

The grants are part of a push to offer more programming geared toward people age 55 and older.
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The best things we ate and drank this week

The best flavors of the week from Raduno, Mar y Tierra and a local bartender.

John Lee rediscovers life’s proper path at New Province

The former head brewer of Rebel Kettle is one of the new co-owners of New Province Brewing Co. in Rogers. Growing the business through distribution — both inside Arkansas and across state lines — is the plan. Lee will serve as operations manager and brew along longtime head brewer Kort Castleberry. His first beer at New Province is called West Hudson (named for the road the brewery calls home). It’s a hazy IPA brewed with Citra and T-90 hops.

Three Fold moves west: The new West Little Rock location blends Chinese culture cues with the American breakfast tradition

The restaurant’s move to West Little Rock took a winding path, transpiring after owner Lisa Zhang’s dreams of opening Haybird —  a 9,000-square-foot facility on Rebsamen Park Road that would incorporate three concepts: Chinese fried chicken, a sake brewery and an Eastern pantry — were dashed by the coronavirus pandemic.

We never sausage a travesty! Cracker Barrel offers vegan breakfast patties, carnivores revolt

Some tradition-bound Cracker Barrel customers exercise their power of the purse with this message: Get woke, go broke.

7 Brew drive-thru coffee stand coming to former Shorty Small's space

This fall 7 Brew Coffee is bringing drive-thru coffee to the space on Rodney Parham where Shorty Small's was recently leveled at 11100 N. Rodney Parham Road. 7 Brew started in Rogers in 2017 and is planning to bring double digit stands to the Little Rock area, with several sites expected to open before the end of the year.

TOPDOG Hot Dog Co. closed Main Street location

TOPDOG Hot Dog Company, located downtown at 308 Main St., announced last week that it permanently closed the doors on its Main Street location.

Toast the Town by nominating your favorite bars, breweries, bartenders, distilleries, cocktails, mocktails and more

Don't miss your chance to nominate your favorite providers of libations in Arkansas Times' annual Toast of the Town poll.

Nexus Coffee now sold in Walmart stores

Nexus' line of roasted coffee beans are now being sold in Walmart stores in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Bryant, Sherwood and Jacksonville.

The Root Cafe to open a second location in Breckenridge Village, owners sell Mockingbird Bar & Tacos

We received a press release today confirming rumors that The Root Cafe is one of the restaurants planning to open in the new multi-million dollar Breckenridge Village redevelopment. Owners Jack Sundell and Corri Bristow-Sundell have sold Mockingbird Bar & Tacos to JLC Entertainment Holdings, owned by Johnny Campbell and ­­­Harry and Joe Einhorn. Little Rock Mayor hopeful Greg Henderson, commercial real estate agent and owner of Rock City Eats, brokered the sale of the restaurant, which closed today.

Cache Restaurant temporarily closed for maintenance issue, will soon reopen along with new venue, The Bayou at Cache

Owner Rush Harding assured us that Cache really is closed for maintenance, and the rumors of a permanent closure are untrue. When Cache reopens so will The Bayou at Cache, a new high-end upscale bar and private dining area that can only be entered through the restaurant.
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