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The winners and finalists of the 2024 Arkansas Times Cannabis Awards

Our readers cast their votes on the best of the best in the Arkansas cannabis world — tinctures, topicals, terpenes and everything in between. 
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State surpasses 100K medical marijuana patients as amendment battle heats up

Arkansans can sign the petition to put medical marijuana expansion on the ballot at dispensaries and at some upcoming events.
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Hot stuff: Little Rock study to inform city heat action plan

Arkansas summers are hot and humid, and in Little Rock, all the pavement sends temperatures to the top of the thermometer.

The Benji's birthday open line

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State Supreme Court says Damien Echols can seek further DNA testing in West Memphis Three case

The high court said a person did not need to be incarcerated in order to seek DNA testing to prove their actual innocence.

Announcing Still I Rise: A Conversation, following the Angelou film Screening Friday, April 19

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State Supreme Court says lawyers can carry guns in courthouses

The opinion stops short of saying lawyers can carry guns into courtrooms, but hints that will probably change once someone files another lawsuit.

Federal judge schedules hearing in Arkansas LEARNS lawsuit

Judge Rudofsky denied a portion of the plaintiffs’ request for an expedited briefing schedule because they could have filed their complaint and preliminary injunction months ago, he wrote. 
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House approves two proposals for crypto mining regulation, rejects six others

The House today approved two proposals regarding crypto mines but rejected six others. The rabid right-winger David Ray led the charge against the most aggressive resolutions; strangely, most Democrats voted Present, helping Ray block consideration.

City officials OK financial plan for Little Rock solar array

The solar array would only be used to power city government buildings such as City Hall; nothing would be sold to power commercial businesses or residences.
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Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and volunteers working to complete Trinity Community Garden on Friday

The second development phase of the new Trinity Community Garden on Broadway will take place on Friday and more than 100 volunteers have signed up through the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

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Another day, another open line.

House advances proposal to increase state employee pay

The proposal from Wooten appears to mirror a plan outlined by Gov. Sarah Sanders in a letter she sent to state employees in March.

Lawmakers seeking more info on airport exec Malinowski’s death plan Thursday press conference

A group of Arkansas legislators have called a press conference at the Capitol as part of their a quest for more information on how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives served a search warrant at Malinowski’s house.

Northeast Arkansas meth investigation leads to 16 arrests this week

The federal investigation resulted in charges related to drugs, firearms and money laundering.

Police arrest four suspects tied to Wynne block party shooting

All four suspects were charged with first-degree murder, nine counts of first-degree battery and nine counts of engaging in violent criminal group activity, among others.

Second former officer prepares to change plea in Mulberry arrest

Ex-deputy Levi White plans to change his plea, days after his former colleague Zackary King did the same.

North Little Rock breaks ground on new animal shelter

The current facility at 1 Championship Drive was built in 1961 and, as Hartwick said, "has not had anything added since the '80s."

Activists call on Little Rock officials to support ceasefire in the Middle East

A multi-faith coalition turned up Tuesday to ask Little Rock leaders to get on the right side of history.

Eight resolutions on crypto mines advance out of House committee

Colorful testimony served as a preview of the potential for political fireworks if lawmakers fail to take action to give local communities protection from crypto mines — or cave to lobbyists with a phony fig leaf.
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