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Audit reports: Corporate welfare and results of cases referred to prosecutors

Audit rates corporate welfare programs a plus.

Proposal filed to end involuntary servitude

Proposed amendment would finish the job started by 13th amendment.

Lou Holtz rates the presidents

He has the order reversed.

State requests use of VA hospital beds to cope with COVID surge

With the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations reaching a record high this week, Governor Hutchinson has requested that the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System open up 10 beds at its Little Rock hospital to nonveteran COVID patients. 

The news roundup -- COVID situation grows worse -- and the open line

Talk is cheap, but that's mostly what the governor has to offer on deepending COVID-19 crisis.

Coronavirus today: The governor has a special briefing on a record-breaking day UPDATED

Governor Hutchinson added a briefing to his once-a-week schedule. News: a one-day record for new cases.

A tool to estimate your place in the vaccine line

So where do you stand in line for the COVID-19 vaccine. A ways back even for people like me.

UAMS officer shoots man driving stolen truck

He was returned to the hospital for treatment of the wound.

On the COVID front: A call for action by politicians and death in a Conway church hit hard by the virus

A retired health official suggests more sacrifices are necesary to battle COVID and a Conway church suffers a coronavirus outbreak.

Supreme Court reverses assessor on tax charge for Little Rock airport facilities

Little Rock Airport wins a challenge of property tax assessment. About $400,000 at issue.
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Warren Criswell wins Governor's Award for his artistry

Arkansas got really lucky when Criswell's bus broke down here and he decided to take up the pen and paintbrush.

Visit 21c Museum's "Refuge," virtually or in-person

Banished from evocative gallery showings in a winter that calls for hunkering down hardcore, art enthusiasts and politically minded thinkers should put 21c Museum’s new exhibit “Refuge” on their radar.

Low Key Arts' Arkansas Shorts goes up, drive-in style, Jan. 2

The festival will showcase films created by participants in LKA's Inception to Projection filmmaking program

Arkansas Craft Guild Showcase goes up this weekend at the state fairgrounds

Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Prayer, Praise, Problem: A Q&A and excerpts from poet Geffrey Davis

We talked with poet Geffrey Davis over email about his latest, “Night Angler,” a 96-page wonder that manages to make a poem about evasive trout feel as if it belongs next to an elegiac verse for Tamir Rice or, as in “Pillow Kombat with the Ultimate Sleep Fighter,” alongside a meditation on Davis’ life as a new parent. 

Holiday Hangout turns ten with a virtual bash on Dec. 11-12

Under a slightly revised title — “Holiday Hang In There” — Hill has put together a lineup of beloved Holiday Hangout musicians in virtual form, to be screened on the Arkansas Times YouTube channel Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12.

UAMS' Dr. Cam Patterson plays guitar, and his band's new album is fully of the moment

It doesn’t seem possible cultural products produced in 2020 are going to be able to pass by without reference to the pandemic.

"The Glow with Big Piph" is your antidote to the quarantine doldrums

Season one focuses on a fashion designer, an entrepreneur, a poet, a multi-multifaceted artist, art activists and a vegan chef, PBS' press release states, "pulling back the curtain on their creative processes and seeing what makes them glow."

Prajnaparadha: A Q&A with Sumokem's Jacob Sawries

We talked with Sumokem rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Jacob Sawries about the band's latest, "Prajnaparadha."

Daniel Coston: 'Memory in 20/20' at Cantrell Gallery

He paints places and things that fill in his memories of a rural childhood.
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The Preacher's Son announces farewell dinner for chef Matthew Cooper

Instead of a normal dinner service, it will be a ticketed, five-course prix-fixe menu featuring some of Cooper’s favorite Preacher’s Son dishes.

Vegan bakery Cinnaholic opening on Chenal Parkway Dec. 11

Local owner Troy Hayes first experienced Cinnaholic while visiting a friend in Las Vegas. Over a game of Connect Four, he mentioned how much he enjoyed the vegan pastry, and his friend told him that there were four locations in Las Vegas but none in Arkansas. Three months later, he was turning in his franchise application.

Lake Hamilton School District students provided take-home meals

Lake Hamilton School District in Garland County provided 6,622 take-home meals for students for the week of Thanksgiving break.

Arkansas chefs offer favorite recipes

The holiday season looks different this year. Because of the pandemic, many people won’t be celebrating with as many friends and family as they have in the past. But the smaller table might bring an opportunity to spend more creative time in the kitchen.

Bentonville's The Preacher's Son announces new chef

The Preacher’s Son, the downtown Bentonville restaurant located in a restored historic church, has announced that it will welcome Arkansas native Neal Gray as its new executive chef. Current executive chef, Matthew Cooper, is leaving the restaurant in pursuit of a new project with his last service on Sat., Dec. 12.

MeMe’s Twisted Potato serves up affordable vegan food with a twist

“My philosophy is eating healthy shouldn’t break your pockets, it shouldn’t be limited to one class of person. Healthy food should be available for everyone,” Coleman said.

Trio's accepts White House Task Force recommendation to limit dine in capacity

The White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended on Tuesday that restaurants in 52 Arkansas counties limit indoor dining capacity to less than 25 percent. Governor Hutchinson declined to enforce the recommendation. However, Trio's Restaurant announced last night on its Facebook page that it will heed the call in an effort to ensure the safety of its customers and staff.

Your Friday the 13th weekend round up

New brews and live music this weekend. Be safe out there.

Thanksgiving to go from House of Mental, Arthur's, Boulevard and more

This might be the perfect year to order Thanksgiving takeout, and several restaurants around town are ready for it.

McClard’s Bar-B-Q goes mobile

The food truck will mark the first official expansion to the restaurant’s service footprint since opening its doors in 1928. 
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