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It's an emergency, the governor says, but only if the legislature agrees.

Coronavirus today: Governor declares emergency and will convene special session to ask for repeal of mask mandate ban for K-12 schools, but no other specific measures to cope with surge

Legislature will ask a reluctant legislature to meet next week to lift a ban on mask mandates for K-12 schools.

Judge reinstates federal unemployment benefits

Judge orders state to restart truncated federal pandemic unemployment benefits.

U.S. attorney in Gilbert Baker bribery case out sick, being tested for COVID

An ill prosecutor throws a wrinkle in trial schedule.

Breaking: Sarah Sanders spotted in Arkansas -- at a Phish concert

Sarah Sanders sets foot in Arkansas.
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COVID: Horror tales from the hospital trenches

First-person accounts of hospital experiences with COVID might make holdouts rethink vaccine resistance. Maybe.

COVID: A report of hospital action on vaccinations today, but none followed

Report says hospitals to move to required vaccination for staff.

COVID: Action, or lack of same

It's time for action. Will the governor do so?

COVID: The legal challenge

Legal sword rattling continues from Tom Mars.

Today's news: lots of it in the video roundup.

The news is COVID and the question is whether the growing crisis will bring state action.
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From Rock Candy

Heat and pandemic be damned, Phish offered a 'temporary reprieve from gravity' at the Walmart AMP last night

It was the band’s first ever date in Arkansas, which felt like a kind of personal validation somehow. And it was the band’s first public show since closing out a short run in Mexico in February of 2020. Expectations were running, ah, high among those I met in the queue at the gates and inside on the lawn.

Wanna get into the White Water Tavern when it reopens? Better bring your vax card

Reopening its doors amidst a devastating surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the highly infectious and more fatal delta variant, Capitol View/Stifft Station's beloved dive bar will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result upon entry.

All the Pallbearer news that's fit to print: new project from Joseph Rowland, electric bassoonist covers "The Legend"

New music from Joseph Rowland, plus the electric bassoon cover of "The Legend" we never knew we needed.
picture of author Trenton Lee Stewart

Trenton Lee Stewart’s ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ is an enterprise in emotional memory

The Little Rock author, whose beloved middle-grade novels spawned a new "Disney Plus" adaptation, specializes in riddles, puzzles, mazes and daydreams.

Hot Springs eyes plans for entertainment venue on former Majestic Hotel site

Proposed plans from R.A. Wilson Enterprises detail a $2.1 million entertainment venue on the five acres that formerly housed the Majestic Hotel.
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Check out "Humankind" photography exhibit at Argenta Branch Library

Styled after a 1955 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, the exhibit ushers in the reopening of the Argenta Branch Library after a pandemic hiatus.

Change of the guard: White Water Tavern reopens in August under new ownership

Through its 45-year history, it's stayed just the way we like it: crusty, unpretentious, sweetly familiar. And here’s the good news: After a year and change of being shuttered, the place looks largely the same ahead of its reopening.

Catch Firebrand Theatre Co.'s interpretation of "The Tempest" in Conway this weekend

Through Sunday, July 11, a new theater company called Firebrand will be re-interpreting William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" on the campus of Hendrix College.

Arkansas River Wild: Samuel Ellis of Rock Town River Outfitters navigated a flood, a pandemic and a 'Lime scooter epidemic'

In addition to guided sunset tours through downtown, locals and tourists can rent kayaks and float the Little Maumelle River, rent road or hybrid bikes from the River Market or explore the bike trails at River Mountain Park on mountain bikes from Rock Town’s new location in Two Rivers Park.

To-Do List: The Rep's 'Marie and Rosetta,' Mary Gauthier, Argenta Plaza Summer Series, 'Raya and the Last Dragon' on the riverfront

Coming up: The Rep takes "Marie and Rosetta" to War Memorial Park, Mary Gauthier at Fayetteville Roots HQ, 'Raya and the Last Dragon' at Movies in the Park and more.
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Make your next pickle your best pickle with Mr. Davis Pickles

Blytheville master gardener Dedric Davis, aka Mr. Davis Pickles, claims cucumber crown among Best of Arkansas winners.

Citing rise in delta variant, Columbus House Brewery in Fayetteville asks customers to get vaccinated or mask up

Citing the rise in the delta variant in the community, Columbus House Brewery in Fayetteville sent out a message on Facebook yesterday asking for its customers who are not yet vaccinated to either get the shot or wear a mask at all times while at the brewery.

Cold summer treat guide: Beat the heat with icy sweets in Central Arkansas

Melt away your summer doldrums.

J. Paul's Express and the Gospel of Mark

While J. Paul's exists not to offer up a “foodie” experience of exotic dishes or a farm-to-table ethos, but rather to feed hungry folks on their lunch break, it simply cannot avoid the touch of transcendence.

Stone's Throw Brewing's Block on Rock features Big Dam Horns, Brian Nahlen and lots of beer

Stone's Throw Brewing celebrates eight years of brewing beer with its annual Block on Rock festival, a brewery birthday bash benefiting Preserve Arkansas. 
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The Paranoid Android coffee shop coming to Technology Park

The Paranoid Android, the third coffee shop from Little Rock entrepreneur Creighton Ralls' company Cleopatra, is expected to open in the space formerly occupied by Blue Sail Coffee sometime this week in ground floor level of Technology Park located at 417 Main St.

The Root suspends indoor dining amid surge of delta variant

The Root Cafe announced on Facebook and Instagram yesterday that it will be closing its dining room in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases brought on by the more contagious delta variant.

Historic Arkansas Museum to celebrate corn in third History is Served dinner

Corn will the be the centerpiece of the third dinner of the Historic Arkansas Museum's 2021 “History is Served: Arkansas Foodways Dinner Series,” taking place August 19.

Two more weeks of Arkansas Times' Burger Month

It's not too late to indulge in Arkansas Times' annual Central Arkansas burger celebration.

Jones Bar-B-Q hosts a "Fire Up That Grill" reopening event

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, one of the oldest Black-owned businesses in the country, held a grand "Fire Up That Grill" reopening event Wednesday after a fire in February nearly destroyed the restaurant, which has been in business for over a century.
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