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Board of directors updated on 3/8 cent sales tax, promised specifics on Lift Little Rock penny sales tax

The Little Rock Board of Directors received an update from City Finance Director Sara Lenehan on the “promises kept” by the 3/8 Cent Capital Sales Tax. Mayor Frank Scott Jr. also told directors that on March 10, he will present “specific numbers” to the board on how the proposed “Lift Little Rock” sales tax would impact city departments and projects. 

Transformation: Steve Goode, top agency boss, departing state government

State tobacco, alcohol and gambling regulator Steve Goode is resigning for a move to the private sector.

Judge halts marijuana dispensary replacement license

A lawsuit challenging a state decision on a replacement marijuana dispensary license led today to an order by Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen halting issuance of replacement licenses until the issue is resolved.

Judicial politics and more on today's news roundup

The daily video news roundup and open line.

Immanuel Baptist opens community center on Shackleford Road

Immanuel Baptist Church announces opening of the City Center, a facility in a former Kroger next to the church grounds on Shackleford Road that will provide a variety of community services.

New suit filed over deficiencies in state home care

A new federal lawsuit was filed yesterday over the state's reduction in Medicaid-provided home care services.

Herbology Dispensary to open Wednesday in former Joubert's Tavern

Herbology Dispensary will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the former Joubert's Tavern space at 7303 Kanis Road in Little Rock. Herbology will be the third dispensary to open in Central Arkansas's Zone 5. 

Company responds to delay in Little Rock gun factory

A spokesman for CZ-USA, a Czech gunmaker that was supposed to begin operating at the Little Rock Port next month, sent a response today to my questions Monday about the delay in the project.

Trump in India. Whew

Indian crowd apparenty not impressed by Trump rhetoric.

Bloomberg paying another visit to Arkansas

Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is going make another stop in Arkansas, this time for a rally at 7 p.m. Thursday in Bentonville.
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Five more properties on the National Register

Three homes, a cemetery and a 1915 former grocery store in Elaine are added.

Courtney Barnett plays solo set at the Momentary, invites Bentonville to Melbourne

Aussie rocker Courtney Barnett inaugurated the Momentary's RØDE House, named after the microphone company that served as a founding funder for the new arts space.

Argenta Community Theater's "Ragtime" stares down America, hard

With a small live orchestra, a shapeshifting set and a robust cast of over 30 actors, ACT took on E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 story “Ragtime."

Hemmed-In Hollow wins Round Four of the 2020 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase; Trashcan Bandits secure wild card spot

With mountain folk sensibilities, dulcet violin and endearing harmony, Hemmed-In Hollow took top honors last night at the 2020 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase.

Momentary opens this weekend with hybrid of art and performance

“It’s a completely flexible space and we’re really excited about it because a space like this doesn’t exist in this region and there are very few like it in the country,” she explains. “Our team is thinking about how performance can happen anywhere.”

Ante Yana wins Round Three of 2020 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase

With staccato spoken word, mean-as-hell bass riffs and punctuating saxophone, Ante Yana took top honors last night at the 2020 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. Look for them, as well as Won Run and Tiny Towns, at the Rev Room for the showcase finals on Saturday, March 14. 

Slideshow: Breaking Benjamin at Simmons Bank Arena

Arkansas Times staff photographer Brian Chilson was on the floor to catch some of Breaking Benjamin's set Wednesday night.

Five Arkansas properties, district added to historic register: Correction

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Unmistakeably Russian: Nataliia Lamanova's artistamps

Satirical images of the Soviet-era cult of physique.

Six Bridges festival announces lineup, including Tim O'Brien

Also "Furious Hours" author Casey Sep, mystery writer Deborah Crombie, and dozens more.
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Will's Cinnamon Shop | Will's Famous Cinnamon Rolls - FeastMode! Hot Springs

Will Byrd started making cinnamon rolls because Will Byrd loves cinnamon rolls.

Seeking sourdough

You’ll find it — and a one-of-a-kind oven that’s nearly three decades old — in Leslie.
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Hot tamales and Clinton mania: an oral history of Little Rock's Doe's Eat Place

This is the story of how the Little Rock landmark came to be and how it persists as told by staff, friends and customers.

Tusk & Trotter's "High South" cuisine is peak pork

If you’re the kind of person that prefers their protein to resemble the animal from which it came as little as possible, you’ll still find plenty to eat, but you might also risk missing the point. Tusk & Trotter serves meat with an origin story, and what’s on the plate is meant to highlight, rather than mask, the qualities of the animal you’re being offered.

Don Dugan and Tasha Stratton to take over South on Main

Don Dugan and Tasha Stratton -- who currently operate Dugan's Pub, Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro and Stratton's Market -- are taking over as owners at South on Main.

Wunderful European soul food at WunderHaus

The idea for serving good food produced locally came to Jacqueline Smith when she was pregnant.

Ed Walker's, Bruno's, Star of India among Arkansas Food Hall of Fame finalists

The Department of Arkansas Heritage has named its fourth class of finalists for the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, a program launched in 2016 to "to recognize Arkansas’s legendary restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events across the state."

Matt Bell plans to sell South on Main restaurant; new ownership expected to continue partnership with Oxford American

The Nashville Scene reports that Little Rock Chef Matt Bell is selling South on Main to new ownership and will be taking over as executive chef at Gray & Dudley in Nashville. Bell is set to begin at the restaurant, part of the city's 21c Hotel, in February.

Maxine's Live | Famous Loaded Bloody Mary - Live Music Venue & Late Night Eatery, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Feast Mode! To kick-off our new 'Foodie' Series, we're at Maxine's Live Music Venue and Late Night Eatery located in the heart of Historic Downtown Hot Springs.

FeastMode! Rocky's Corner, Hot Springs

There is no shortage of pizza options in Hot Springs, just ask our friend Gina over at Rocky's Corner!
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