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Tom Cotton on abortion: Forget science, it's about his morals.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton continues to land network airtime to espouse views even more extreme than those of Donald Trumop, today on abortion.

Who pays for the UAMS cancer institute? Don't believe it's all from cigarettes

Another reminder of the tobacco lobby trickery that went into legislation to support a cancer research institute at UAMS.

Open line: Arrest in child’s death; DWI charge against governor's son

With the open line, news of arrest in the shooting death of a child and a DWI arrest of the governor's son.

And speaking of direct democracy: The Atlantic features David Couch and Arkansas populism

The Atlantic examines the populist roots of the ballot initiative in Arkansas and features a Little Rock lawyer who's made such initiatives his "hobby," David Couch.

Russellville refuses permit for medical marijuana dispensary

The Russellville City Council defeated Thursday, in a 4-4 tie, approval of a medical marijuana dispensary, with Mayor Richard Harris refusing to cast a tie-breaking vote,

Goodbye to print? The Democrat-Gazette publisher sends more signals

Did the publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette signal the death knell of a daily print newspaper in a letter to readers today?

The City In Decline Edition

Max and Lindsey discuss the ongoing city of Little Rock budget fight, the Arkansas Arts Center's fundraising announcement and Pulaski County Courthouse power plays.

Friday's headlines and the open line

Here's the daily video news roundup. Also the open line.

Child fatally shot in Little Rock apartment

A child was fatally shot today at a west Little Rock apartment.

House votes to expand Civil Rights Act with Arkansas Republicans in opposition

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House today passed legislation to expand the federal civil rights act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Arkansas Republicans said no.
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Arkansas Times Recommends: Yotam Ottolenghi's Instagram, Captain Disillusion, "The Dream" podcast, the return of David Berman and more

Also, food art,, Brenda's chicharrons, "Fleabag" season 2 and more.

'Cabaret of Daggers': A Q&A with Tav Falco

the legacy of my mother was what she left spiritually. That’s how I am driven today to continue my bizarre little career on its 40th anniversary howl. It’s time to say things loud and clear. The artist can no longer remain silent under these conditions. It is no longer good enough to be an entertainer; you have to say something and you have to take a stance. That goes for everybody.

"Black Broadway" mural in Hot Springs nears completion

Pepe Gaka and young Hot Springs artists are putting the finishing touches on the mural "Black Broadway" on the wall of the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Greg Thompson closing Argenta gallery

Greg Thompson, owner of Greg Thompson Fine Art at 429 Main St., announced today he will close the gallery but will continue to sell art as Greg Thompson Fine Art Inc. and Fine Art Investments LLC. 

"Madama Butterfly" at The Rep: A Q&A with Kate Sain and Joshua Price of Opera in the Rock

With help from The John and Robyn Horn Foundation, Opera in the Rock stages a fully orchestrated "Madama Butterfly" at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre this weekend.

Muralist Jason Jones wins DLRP commission

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Arkansas Times Recommends: The greatest kids book, a horror podcast, Lizzo, new 607 and more

Arkansas Times staffers recommend the best kids atlas, a scary podcast, new music from 607, HBO's "Chernobyl" and the new Wu-Tang docu-series.

Meet illustrator Higgins Bond at Hearne Fine Art

Illustrator Higgins Bond, who came to her hometown for the Arkansas Literary Festival, returns to Hearne Fine Art, 1001 Wright Ave., for a reception 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

New video for Deadbird's "Alexandria" is turbulent

The "tree of your nightmares" theme that graced the cover of Deadbird's much-anticipated 2018 record "III: The Forest Within the Tree" is back.
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UA Tech to open exhibits on Anne Frank

The Center for Humanities and Arts on the UA Pulaski Tech campus will host an opening reception starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, for two exhibits on Anne Frank in the Windgate Gallery and the CHARTS lobby.   
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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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Arkansas Brewers Guild grows alongside state’s beer industry

The state beer brewers alliance has helped Arkansas craft beer grow faster than other states.
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Come out to the Arkansas Times Margarita Festival tonight!

Come savor the season with salsa moves and swill at the third annual Arkansas Times Margarita Festival, presented by Milagro Tequila, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 2, on the field of War Memorial Stadium.
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Plant-based pub grub at Ester's in SoMa

Thanks to handful of pop-ups, food trucks and brick and mortars, it's getting a little easier to eat vegan in Little Rock without trekking westward for a Whole Foods trip.
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Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival at the Clinton Presidential Center this weekend

Central Arkansas has a surprising pocket of authentic Italian culture stretching all the way back to the early 20th century, and it's on display for three spring days — Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 — in downtown Little Rock.

Buffalo sighting in the Heights

A sign on the door of 5662 R St. in the Heights neighborhood says that a small brewery taproom has applied for ABC OK to open. The Buffalo Brewing Co. will open its second and Heights' first craft beer pub. 

Sneak eats on May Day: The Greek Food Festival preview

The International Greek Food Festival has something new this year: A preview of the Greek delights that will bring out the masses to the festival. The preview will be from 5:30-7 p.m. May 1 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church; the festival will be Friday-Sunday, May 17-19.
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