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From the Arkansas Blog

COVID climbs, including 22 more dead. And the open line.

The cases pile up and 22 added to death toll.

COVID numbers not very good again, and an open line

Circuit Judge Alice Gray to hang up her robe

A trailblazing Black woman retires from the bench.

Former Republican Commissioner Gomez leaps back in on redistricting, and Democrats call BS

During her tenure, Gomez was accused of campaigning for a Republican representative, Carlton Wing. She also admitted to shoving an election office employee, and was infamous for her ill temper and belittling of staffers. But who knows, her map might be great.

Double huckabuckraking as Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Mike Huckabee to speak at stuffy Coachella

Arkansas's most notorious father-daughter team takes it on the road.
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State investigates managed care company Empower for alleged Medicaid fraud

A full investigation is only now getting under way. But an initial review found “sufficient credible evidence” to support the suspension of Empower from the Medicaid program, the AG's office said.

Today's COVID numbers look pretty bad, and an open line

Daily case counts continue to climb.
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Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde to run for reelection

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde will seek a fourth term in 2022, he said in a news release today. No opposition has emerged thus far. 

Deer with chronic wasting disease found in South Arkansas

A deer killed by a hunter in Union County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission reports. That's significant because it's the first case in Union County and South Arkansas and hundreds of miles from the closest previously reported cases. Moral of the story: Get your meat tested, hunters.
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From Rock Candy

The first straight cisgender male drag queen to be cast on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' is from Fayetteville

Hot on the heels of Faulkner County queen Symone's triumphant win at the conclusion of the reality competition show's thirteenth season, Mama RuPaul & Co. have cast yet another Arkansas contestant: Maddy Morphosis.

From Ayana to Yamada: 21 Arkansas creators who saved 2021

A year-end roundup of 21 Arkansas-connected creators who made 2021 less of a dumpster fire.

Work by Crawford and Louise Mandumbwa up at Hearne Fine Art

Depicting subjects local to Arkansas as well as Nigeria, Botswana and Zambia, this father-daughter exhibit examines the idea of home.

Center for Cultural Community's 'Party for Placemaking' at ESSE Purse Museum

Karaoke for a cause.

Sterling K. Brown to portray Elaine 12 attorney Scipio A. Jones in Searchlight film

Sterling K. Brown as Scipio A. Jones, the lawyer known for defending 12 Black men in the appeal process following the Elaine Massacre in October 1919.
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Postmodern Jukebox at Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway this weekend

Jazz pianist Scott Bradlee’s revolving collective does its time warp in Conway Sunday night.

Holiday Hangout is on; Christmas is saved

The annual music festival hosted by Last Chance Records, Tree Of Knowledge and the White Water Tavern is back in the flesh, and the lineup is stellar as ever.

'Million Dollar Quartet Christmas' Saturday night at Robinson

A holiday spin on the Sun Records-centered jukebox musical.

Charley Crockett and Summer Dean at The Hall Friday night

Like many of his predecessors and contemporaries, Crockett’s wont to raise a lyrical middle finger to the trappings of Nashville showbiz even as he’s hailed as its darling.

A 2021 holiday gift guide, Arkansas Times-style

Unicorn hot cocoa, socks with fun cuss words, tomes on Arkansas's material culture, RBG prints and more.
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The espresso martini is having a moment, and Fox Trail Distillery shares a recipe you need to try

Fox Trail Distillery has provided us with a recipe to make a home bartender version of its popular espresso martini.

Meatflation hits Arkansas, restaurateurs grapple with higher costs

Restaurant owners weigh in on rising meat prices.

Sterling Market food hall coming to Little Rock's East Village in spring 2022

The food hall-style restaurant, which will be located in the space formerly occupied by Cathead's Diner, will host a butcher shop, a greens/sandwich station, an artisan pizza station, a bakery and a full bar.

Happy Thanksgiving from Eat Arkansas, and some musings on pickle+cranberry pie

Is there a dubious Thanksgiving dish served every year that repulses you? Or do you have a bizarre tradition that you absolutely love for its sentimental flavor? What's your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers tradition? We need to know!

Oaklawn hosting the All-In Steak Showdown this weekend

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs is hosting a Steak Cookoff Association steak (and frog leg) cook-off this weekend on Friday Nov. 19 and Saturday Nov. 20. Contestants have until Friday at noon to register for four different cook-off competitions, which include cash prizes of up to $1,000.
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I tried the Prickly Pickle and it didn’t hurt a bit

Fried food intolerance be damned, Guy Lancaster went all in on The Prickly Pickle — and then back for seconds.

Big Bad Breakfast coming to West Little Rock in early 2022

Founded in Oxford in 2008 by chef and author John Currence, a New Orleans native and James Beard award winner, Big Bad Breakfast has become a staple in Oxford and beyond, known for its high-end, decadent breakfast fare.

Arkansas brewers know, real men drink hard seltzer

Local brewers improve on the White Claw model.

I'd like an order for pick up: Thanksgiving dinner

Local restaurants offering Thanksgiving feasts to go.

Lost Forty's Festival of Darkness raises $4,100 for Recycle Bikes for Kids

Lost Forty Brewing announced today that the Festival of Darkness raised $4,100 for Recycle Bikes for Kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has provided over 19,000 bikes back into the community since its inception in 2008.
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