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State auditors refer lecterngate findings to prosecutor’s office

The report details multiple apparent violations of state law related to the governor's spending.

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Secretary of state requests $3.6 million to double State Capitol Police officers

Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston has requested the legislature to double the amount of State Capitol Police officers providing security near the Capitol.
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Morgue manager's wife pleads guilty in body-part stealing scheme

An update on the black market in body parts that included a Little Rock morgue.
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Lecterngate audit report to be released today

The report will almost certainly be released to the public once Legislative Joint Audit has reviewed the report at tomorrow's meeting.

King may try again to impose usage fee on bitcoin mines

The question now, Sen. Bryan King says, is whether lawmakers are "going to protect environmental-destroying billion dollar companies from regulation and responsibility."

One dead, several injured after block party shooting in Wynne

A block party at a car wash in Wynne turned deadly Saturday evening as shots were fired and vehicles drove into crowds of people.

'Here come the witches': How congregants in the Southern Delta Church of Wicca found acceptance

Thirty years after a satanic panic almost led to clashes between Christians and Wiccans in the streets of Jonesboro, priest Terry Riley and his pagan flock have gained acceptance for their good works.

Private management of subsidized housing creates problems for low-income older Arkansans

Management companies sometimes deflect responsibility for the needs of older tenants with health problems, housing experts say.
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From Rock Candy

Trevor Bates, Joe and The Feels and DOT at White Water on Thursday

This diverse bill spans experimental prog, power pop and bubbly punk.

Arkansas Times Film Series screens 'Bergman Island' (2021) Tuesday night

French director Mia Hansen-Løve's meta-drama about a filmmaking couple working on their respective screenplays shows at Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema on April 16.

What are the odds? Eclipse reflections from Hot Springs

People gasped; then they laughed at their own sense of wonder; then they laughed at the sound of other people laughing. Cannabis smoke wafted. People murmured; people kissed. Someone howled like a wolf, and a few other folks howled like wolves in response, yet somehow the actual dogs on the field kept their composure.

The Dip at The Hall on Sunday

The Dip — an absurdly tight, R&B-adjacent band from Seattle — is seemingly incapable of writing a song that isn’t at least a little bit stank face-inducing.

Travelers struggle out of the gate, drop three in a row to Springfield

Thankfully, it's a long season, as the Travs have a chance to bounce back from a rough start.
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ABC and CNN stop by mass eclipse wedding in Russellville

ABC News and CNN were among the outlets with film crews in Russellville on Monday capturing the magic of Elope at the Eclipse, a mass wedding ceremony with over 100 couples that took place right before yesterday's total solar eclipse.

Slaughter Beach, Dog at George's Majestic Lounge on Thursday

Slaughter Beach, Dog bandleader Jake Ewald — formerly of Modern Baseball — will be playing solo, allowing his somber melodies and intimate character studies to be laid bare as the lonely literary masterpieces that they are.

Photo gallery: Pups on parade at Barkus on Main

If you like dogs in li'l outfits, here ya go!

Baseball is back! Here's everything you need to know about your 2024 Arkansas Travelers

Good news, baseball lovers: The 2024 Texas League season is here, and your Arkansas Travelers take the field at Dickey-Stephens Park tonight for the first time since September. If you like things that are fun, get in on this.

John Mellencamp at Robinson Center on Wednesday

2023's “Orpheus Descending” — his 25th studio album — was hailed as a “masterpiece, of songwriting, performances, and searing, poetic, and blunt messages” by Spin.
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Park Plaza's weekend food truck festival to benefit Arkansas Food Bank

Trucks, Taps & Tunes will bring several food trucks, local craft beer and live music to Park Plaza from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 

Korean fried chicken franchise bb.q Chicken now open in West Little Rock

Korean fried chicken franchise bb.q Chicken opened its first Arkansas location on Tuesday in the former David’s Burgers space at 101 S. Bowman Road. The restaurant also features two private karaoke rooms guests can rent by the hour.

Eclipse menus inspired by the cosmos: Park Grill at AMFA

The chefs and bartenders at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts’ restaurant, Park Grill, understood the assignment. The restaurant’s new eclipse-themed menu features artfully designed food and drink specials inspired by the cosmos.

BCW continues to impress with new spring menu

BCW (Bread Cheese Wine), chef Nathan Miller’s restaurant in downtown’s SoMa neighborhood, is making a few tweaks to its menu about six months after opening as one of the buzziest restaurants in Central Arkansas.

Korean fried chicken franchise bb.q Chicken opening in West Little Rock in April

Korean fried chicken franchise bb.q Chicken will be opening its first Arkansas location in April in the former David’s Burgers space at 101 S. Bowman Road.
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Give blood, eat lunch at the Pulaski County admin building today

Several food trucks and the Bloodmobile donation center will be on site today at the Pulaski County Government’s first Food Truck Thursday of 2024.

The wait is over: Moody Brews now open in Pettaway

After a long and well-documented odyssey, Moody Brews, the new brewery helmed by longtime Little Rock brewer Josiah Moody, is opening tonight in downtown's Pettaway neighborhood.

Little Rock Starbucks workers vote to unionize

Starbucks employees at the Rodney Parham and Market Street store (11121 N. Rodney Parham Road) voted 12-2 to join the Starbucks Workers United, a union of more than 10,000 employees "coming together to create a better workplace for all." 

Conway’s PattiCakes Bakery to close permanently following January fire

PattiCakes Bakery made an announcement on Facebook today that the bakery will not reopen following the fire in January that destroyed the company’s downtown Conway patisserie/production facility at 1137 Front St.

Viva Ube: A new Filipino pastry shop in Park Hill is plum delicious

The Sweet Spot features wonderful ensaymada pastries, slices of cassava cake and several cookie varieties. Maybe most vibrant, though, is the use of ube, a purple yam native to the Philippines.
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