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From the Arkansas Blog

The latest coronavirus numbers and open line

It's a Monday line.

Arkansas legislators sign bizarre letter that makes phony claims about the 2020 election

Five Arkansas legislators just can't let it go.

Little Rock mayor proposes dramatic changes to ward boundaries

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has shared with members of the city board of directors two proposals for redrawing the city's seven wards as required by redistricting. The one recommended by the mayor dramatically reshapes wards downtown, midtown and in the central part of the city.

UA frat raffles off AR-15, stupidity ensues

Come on, dads. This would never happen on moms' weekend.

Heiress's donation further ties Leslie Rutledge's attorney group to Jan. 6 insurrection

The Republican Attorneys General Association, to which Arkansas's Leslie Rutledge belongs, was a major funder of the Jan. 6 rally-turned-riot at the U.S. Capitol.
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Horrendous domestic violence call in Fort Smith leaves three dead, officer hospitalized

The officer is expected to survive after a brutal knife attack.

Hutchinson tries to thread the needle on vaccine mandates on 'Meet the Press'

Governor Hutchinson returned to "Meet the Press" Sunday to talk about vaccine mandates. He repeated what's been his public position: government mandates bad, employer mandates OK.

Lawsuit update on Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas Capitol

An update on that monument to Christian supremacists.

The Saturday line

Here's an open line.

For Arkansas, it's time to stop doing the common thing

The common thing is the easy thing, the thing everyone else is doing, the status quo. It’s the uncommon person who rises above that. Both approaches were on display at the Arkansas Capitol recently.
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From Rock Candy

The Un-To-Do List: Morgan Wallen is coming to town and unfortunately, Arkansans are pretty excited

Plus, 10 alternatives to seeing Morgan Wallen in concert.

This weekend: Nia Renee, Bonnie Montgomery and Greg Spradlin, Emily Wolfe, Ballet Arkansas

The clouds are clearing and there's a lot going on in Little Rock this weekend.

The ghost light on Woodson Lateral Road

Woodson Lateral is one of Central Arkansas's spookiest roads. Over the years, many tales have been told about a mysterious ghost light that no one can explain. I've seen it myself.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Fest shorts venture from Seoul to the Andes

Ranging from seven to 21 brisk minutes, Tuesday’s short films took audiences from the Andes to Seoul, making stops at a Quapaw buffalo range and a Guatemalan teen’s cartoon reality in Los Angeles. 

Harry Styles at Simmons Bank Arena in November

Thanksgiving eve concert from Harry Styles.
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Author Miguel De La Torre talks 'Decolonizing Christianity' at Pyramid Art tonight

Tonight at Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing: a talk from Cuba-born theologist Miguel de la Torre.

Arkansas State Fair kicks off Friday

Whether you’re in it for the close encounters with livestock, the blue ribbon quilts or the dizzying centrifugal force of the Gravitron, you’re in luck, because the state fair is back after being canceled in 2020.

Here's your one chance, Fancy: Reba is coming to Little Rock

Reba McEntire is coming to Simmons Bank Arena in February.

Big Ol' Book Party: A preview of the Six Bridges Book Festival

A Six Bridges Book festival preview.

A Q&A with Jennifer Ogle and Theo Witsell, co-authors of "Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Arkansas"

Theo Witsell is an ecologist and chief of research for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and Jennifer Ogle is a botany consultant and the collections manager at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s herbarium. Witsell and Ogle are co-authors of “Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Arkansas.” Catch Witsell and Ogle at Central Arkansas Library System's Six Bridges Book Festival 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. 
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Wondersticks, stuffed turkey legs and myriad fried marvels at the state fair this weekend

Fair food favorites to try, not a vegetable in sight.

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner lands on New York Times 2021 Restaurant List

In the same year that a fire almost completely destroyed the iconic barbecue institution in Marianna, Jones Bar-B-Q Diner has made the The New York Times Restaurant List comprised of 50 U.S. restaurants that the newspaper's critics, editors and reporters are most excited about right now.

Please check in with your counselor at Camp Taco

Camp Taco at Lost Forty, the new restaurant and small batch brewery from the Yellow Rocket Concepts restaurant group, opened for business yesterday afternoon. We popped in for a look.

A Q&A with Abby Turner, author of "The Living Table"

Abby Turner is a Ouachita Baptist University graduate, food blogger, speaker and author of “The Living Table: Recipes and Devotions for Everyday Get-Togethers.” Catch Turner at the Six Bridges Book Festival at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 and at 10 a.m. that day for a workshop. 

A Q&A with "Easy One-Bowl Baking" author Kelli Marks

Kelli Marks is a self-taught cake decorator-turned-pastry chef, and author of “Easy One-Bowl Baking: No-Fuss Recipes for Sweet and Savory Baked Goods." Catch Marks at Central Arkansas Library System's Six Bridges Book Festival 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 and again at 4 p.m. that day for a baking workshop. 
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ESPN's 'TrueSouth' heads to Lake Village Sunday night with music by Spradlin and Faucett

John T. Edge's TrueSouth drops down in Lake Village, Ark. for this Sunday night's episode.

Drink four beers while running a mile in Argenta this Sunday

If your weekend plans involve running a mile and drinking beer, you can combine the two at the inaugural Dogtown Beer Down this Sunday on Main Street in Argenta from 1-3 p.m. Participants will drink four beers over the course of a mile — "a single, 12 o.z. 5% ABV beer before each quarter-mile leg."

Main Street Arkansas launches Main Street District coffee trail

Main Street Arkansas, a program of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, has launched an Arkansas Coffee Trail with more than 40 coffee shops located in Main Street districts throughout the state.

Nominations are open for the 2022 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

The nomination period runs through the end of the month and includes the following categories: Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, Proprietor of the Year, Food-Themed Event, People's Choice and Gone But Not Forgotten.

A look inside the 2021 Main Street Food Truck Festival

A torrential downpour early in the day did not stop large crowds from flooding into downtown on Saturday for the Main Street Food Truck Festival.
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