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From the Arkansas Blog

The news roundup and open line

The governor left town and still managed to screw up. Today's news roundup.

Jonesboro superintendent speaks out against governor's push for school and football

Reopening is an economic decision by the state, she says. the governor is pushing football.

The mayor responds to no-bid response to golf venue in War Memorial Park. The question lingers: How to pay for park improvements.

Frank Scott responds on the War Memorial golf venue flop.

Asa: NRA welcome in Arkansas

Speak for yourself, guv.

Coronavirus today: 735 new cases; get a flu shot

Tests results received: 4,514.
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The mask chronicles: Rockin' Pig edition

A Eureka saloon doesn't think much of the mask mandate.

New Arkansas Lottery director: J. Eric Hagler

Will return from California to take job.

Finally, there is a (Big) Dam path forward

We just announced TWO options for participating in this year’s Big Dam Bridge 100 tour. 

O'Donnell pleads guilty in Linda Collins murder; faces 50 years in prison

In a negotiated plea deal, Rebecca O'Donnell has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse for the 2019 slaying of former state Sen. Linda Collins, whose decomposed body was found outside her Pocahontas home.

Business lobby puts up big money to impose a permanent state sales tax for roads

$1.6 million contributed so far by some of the wealthiest interests in the state to impose a new sales tax in 2023 on all purchases to pay only for highways.
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From Rock Candy

2020 Arkansas Country Music Awards: Erin Enderlin's night

And multitalented powerhouse Bonnie Montgomery (Americana winner in 2018 and 2019 and Female Vocalist in 2018) won Entertainer of the Year.

Follow your local garden Instagram influencer

Hurma Akmyradova’s Instagram account bio reads as follows: “Germinated in Turkmenistan. Transplanted to the US. Fruits in Little Rock, AR. Zone 8b,” and the reasons she has 16,000 followers make themselves pretty immediately apparent.

Cue up/download Kami Renee's 'Couldn't Help It'

“Couldn’t Help It,” swaddled in a mirage of flute riffs and accented by Kami Renee’s call-and-response vocal hooks (which are actually all, in fact, Kami), is your summer anthem, as suitable for isolation and headphones as it would have been for all the dance parties we are definitely not having anytime soon; thanks, 2020.

Tune in to Rah Howard's podcast, "The Process"

Tune in on your podcast platform of choice to hear Dazzmin Murry speak about “How Artists Are Navigating Through the Health and Racial Pandemics,” or men’s footwear designer Chike Walker on his creative process, or Southwest Boaz on the genius of Sam Cooke. 

Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo, Miki Gaynor, Christine DeMeo and more at Queertopia tonight

Queertopia, an annual showcase of queer talent in Central Arkansas, goes up tonight at the North Little Rock drive-in movie theater.
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Greg Spradlin talks Jim Dickinson, converting from ‘Southern Baptist to Southern Buddhist’, and his long-time-coming album 'Hi-Watter'

Despite a history packed with thwarted record contracts and wrong legal turns, the Pangburn (White County) native ended up making his dream record, mastered by Grammy winner Tchad Blake and tracked by a roster of musicians that includes the likes of David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), a good chunk of Elvis Costello’s backing band and a legendary but elusive B3 player, the late Rudy Copeland.

Catch (remote) concerts from Er-Gene Kahng and Thomas Echols at the Trillium Salon Series

Concerts from Er-Gene Kahng & Co. and from visiting guitarist Thomas Echols are next up on the Trillium Salon Series.

Listen to Jeff Nichols talk about "Creating in Non-Coastal Communities"

Filmmaker Jeff Nichols makes the case for "Creating in Non-Coastal Communities" in a July 31 webinar.

Watch "John Lewis: Good Trouble" tonight with the Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement

Tonight, the Shelter-In-Place Virtual Film Series screens Dawn Porter's "John Lewis: Good Trouble," a 2020 documentary about the life of civil rights legend and legislator John Lewis.

More meditation than memoir: A review of J. Chester Johnson's "Damaged Heritage"

If we truly wish to go beyond the project of personal reconciliation and create the structures we need for an equitable and just world, we are going to require a deeper understanding of the nature of evil than the one Johnson offers here.
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For restaurants, transparency about employee COVID exposure is "the absolute only way to go," Bart Barlogie says

Restaurateur Bart Barlogie, of The Fold and Raduno Brick Over and Barroom says that when it comes to employee COVID exposure, "honesty is the best policy."

Sami Lal takes the kitchen to the curbside

In the midst of a pandemic, Sami Lal solidifies his reputation as one of the most charismatic and charming front-of-the-house personalities in the Little Rock food scene.

Quarantine Kitchens: Little Rock's home cooks show us their eats

The Arkansas Times persuaded a few home cooks to tell us about their favorite meals during the extended stay at home, and about the ways in which their relationship to food has changed during the pandemic. 

Add Atlas Bar to COVID-19 victims

Owner Tony Poe makes the announcement.

Al fresco: Flyway Brewing and The Root Cafe turn parking lots into patios

Folks are looking for safe outdoor dining options, and with the help of city leaders, a few local restaurant owners have found a way to use parking lots to host diners in the open air. 
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Hill Station, Pantry, Petit & Keet announce temporary closures

Some restaurants that have opened are taking no chances in this time of COVID-19, as evidenced by temporary closures.

Eggshells Kitchen Co. under new ownership

Beth Porter has been shopping at the Eggshells Kitchen Co. since she and her husband moved to Little Rock in 2007, the same year it opened. Now, she’s the store’s new owner.

Brood and Barley opens in Argenta

Brood & Barley, a new restaurant from the owners of Flyway Brewery, will open in the space that once housed Core Brewery. 

To market, to market: Farmers are selling again

With an assist from the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agricultural Cooperative Extension, we’ve compiled information on some of the many markets in Arkansas.

Brave New Restaurant re-opens with a brave new routine (and a lot more plants)

Chef Peter Brave and his crew are open for business after a two-month pandemic hiatus.
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