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From the Arkansas Blog

ACLU, Planned Parenthood, abortion clinic sue over new state anti-abortion laws

As expected, federal legal challenges have been filed by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood against the latest attempts by the Arkansas legislature to restrict abortion so much that it is practically unobtainable.

State gives $2.9 million to Fayetteville's TheatreSquared. So let's talk about that rainy day fund

The state is sending $2.9 million from the so-called rainy fund to contribute to building the TheatreSquared in Fayetteville. Not to spoil their moment, but it's a reminder of the need for a discussion about rainy day funds.

Suit challenges Arkansas law to prevent undercover farm investigations

An animal rights group and other organizations have sued to invalidate a 2017 Arkansas law that prohibits undercover investigations of factory farms and other businesses.

Governor appoints first woman, Anne Marie Hastings Doramus, to full term on Game and Fish Commission

Stop the presses. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed a woman to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, long the almost exclusive province of great white male hunters.

The midweek open line and daily video news roundup

The Wednesday open line plus the video roundup of news and comment, beginning with the latest on the Linda Collins murder investigation.
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Fourth dispensary approved to sell medical marijuana

The state has announced a fourth dispensary has been cleared to sell medical marijuana.

Injunction sought against War Memorial golf course closure

John McCarty of Little Rock, on behalf of the War Memorial Golf Association, asked circuit court today for an injunction to prevent the city from closing the War Memorial Park golf course.

Uninsured children on the rise in Arkansas

An annual report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families reports that the number of children without health insurance is on the rise in Arkansas, with the biggest drop in coverage in 10 years.

Fiance of Linda Collins murder suspect defends her in ABC interview UPDATE

The fiance of the woman charged with capital murder in the death of former Sen. Linda Collins defended her in an interview aired today on Good Morning America.

Report: Despite de-emphasis, Fayetteville cops have increased marijuana enforcement, with heavier impact on minorities

Fayetteville supposedly de-emphasized marijuana busts 10 years ago. Since then, pot arrests have almost tripled.
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From Rock Candy

Beach Reads: Three collections worth getting lost in this summer

As much as we all envision ourselves on vacation in a deep literary trance for hours on end, summer days don't work that way, especially for those of us with young ones to keep alive. Here are three books that may be flying under your radar — all of which have an Arkansas connection, and all of which are collections, and therefore a bit more forgiving of the inevitable toddler-adjacent interruption.

Check out 607's promising new web series

607, Arkansas's the world's most prolific rapper, just unveiled a new web interview series called "Drive Time (RAW)" that you need to check out.

'Get up there and do it': Kimbie Akins talks Full Figure Fashion Weekend

Kurvy Kuties, a full figure modeling and entertainment company, will be launching the 10th anniversary of Little Rock’s Full Figure Fashion Weekend, to take place 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center Sunday, June 23.
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UA grad Tony Tost's new historical horror show, set in a Japanese internment camp, stars George Takei, who was confined in Arkansas camp

Tony Tost, a University of Arkansas graduate and up-and-coming TV screenwriter and producer, has a new project: He's co-executive producer and writer on season two of AMC's "The Terror: Infamy."

$1 million gift for TheatreSquared

Lynn Carver, the chairman of the board of TheatreSquared, and her husband, Dr. Joel Carver, will give $1 million to the Our Next Stage capital campaign.
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Beth Ditto joins cast of bizarre Showtime series "On Becoming a God in Central Florida:" UPDATE

Multi-hyphenate talent Beth Ditto makes a bold, strange move for her acting career in the new Showtime series, "On Becoming a God in Central Florida." Set in 1992 near Orlando, Fla., Kirsten Dunst stars as Krystal Stubbs, an ambitious water park employee who gets embroiled in an insidious pyramid scheme. Ditto plays Bets, the wife of Stubbs' employer and a cautious voice of reason against Founders American Franchise, the multi-level marketing outfit seeking wealth and power at all costs.

New record store, Control, opens Saturday in Hillcrest

"When Wes told me the idea of the name 'Control,' I thought it was a perfect fit for a record store. I’ve always thought of music was a way to take control of your world. Whether it's personal or political, music is a way to find your way through everything."

2nd Friday Art Night roundup: Art, music, living history

Coming Friday, June 14: A busy 2nd Friday Art Night features new exhibits, new venues, and gamblers and tavern owners over at the Old State House Museum.

Jimmy Buffett took his "lucky band of goofballs" to Verizon Arena

“We’re a lucky band of goofballs who get to do this for a living."

Leave Her Alone: Kari Faux talks fear, power and having a "Kanye moment"

“I’m so many things,” Faux said. “I’m goofy. I’m creative. I’m smart, when I want to be. I’m sexy. I’m loud. I’m fearless. Sometimes I’m scared, sometimes I’m a crybaby, sometimes I’m dismissive. Sometimes I’m detached. I’m all of these things.
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Ramen and the American Dream

Hard to pick a favorite at That Ramen Place.

Little Rock mocktail guide

Shirley Temple’s got some company.

A little bit about that bourbon at Pig & Swig

Calling all bourbon lovers! The Arkansas Times' 3rd annual Pig & Swig event on Friday, June 14, at the River Market Pavilions will feature five Knob Creek whiskeys.

Pizza D is back, of course

Perhaps to nobody's surprise, the doors to the beloved Stifft Station dive, Pizza D'Action, will open up once again this afternoon at 4 p.m., this time under the direction of Rev Room manager Mike Brown.

Summer is coming and so is Pig and Swig

It’s the time of year for seersucker suits, sipping whiskey and watching the river flow by. You can be that laid-back and party, too, at the third annual Arkansas Times Pig and Swig, coming to the River Market on Friday, June 14.
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The Capital's Seafood House off to a good start

Prince Williams hopes his bar and seafood shack will earn a reputation for solid food and keep people coming back. The duck gumbo will make us return.

The deep-fried cauliflower at Blue Sage Vegan is your new favorite sandwich

If you are not currently wedging some deep-fried cauliflower into your work week, you might not be doing it right. 

Feast on grasshoppers with the Southern Foodways Alliance

The 2019 Summer Field Trip of the Southern Foodways Alliance is hopping over to Bentonville in June.
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700,000-piece mosaic icon (and new eats) to debut at Greek Food Fest

Two-dimensional Byzantine iconography surrounds the Anunciation visitor on all sides — intentionally presented in a flat matte style, "not meant to be Renaissance art," Father Nicholas said — but now, the eye is drawn to the radiant glass at the altar, Christ in a gold robe and halo, holding a chalice in one hand and the Eucharist symbol on the other. Over 200 shades of glass and eight months of work went into the icon, Father Nicholas said. 

A stone's throw from Hillcrest: Stone's Throw opens second location

Stone's Throw Brewing opens its Stifft Station Taproom on May 7.
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