Arkansas Blog

Hints of the future of the LRSD at first State Board meeting inspire frustration, confusion

It looks like the LRSD will be reconstituted, which will mean whatever the State Board of Education decides it means.

City directors deny ordinance de-emphasizing marijuana enforcement; Richardson says he 'won't give up'

In a meeting Tuesday evening, the Little Rock Board of Directors denied an ordinance proposed last week by Ward 2 Director Ken Richardson that would have asked the Little Rock Police Department to create a formal, written policy de-emphasizing personal use marijuana arrests. 

Former VA pathologist indicted on 31 charges, including manslaughter

DAK Kees, U.S. attorney for the western district of Arkansas, announced this afternoon that Robert Morris Levy, the former chief pathologist for the VA in Northwest Arkansas, had been indicted on 31 charges including wire fraud, mail fraud, making false statements and three counts of involuntary manslaughter.

A blazing hot news roundup and open line

Has the heat driven newsmakers to cover? Check the video and see. This is also the open line.

Law school starts veterans clinic

The UA Little Rock Bowen Law School announced today establishment of a veterans legal services clinic to open by the fall of 2020.

3.7-carat diamond found in Crater of Diamonds

Here's the rundown from the Parks and Tourism Department on the recent find of a 3.72-carat yellow diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Latest episode of Rock the Culture: 'WWJD?'

In this episode, Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on Jay-Z's dealings with the NFL. This is by far the most in-depth cultural analysis of Jay-Z and NFL situation. There is also a brief discussion regarding the State Board of Education's forums on the future of the LRSD. We also interview Preston Clegg, Pastor of Second Baptist Church, regarding the relationship between the pulpit and politics.

Cache presents its Shrimp Burger

Try one of today's Cache lunch special dishes: tomato basil soup, pickled beet salad or Cache's shrimp burger with bibb lettuce, tomato, onion, avacado relish, and citrus ginger mayo all on a brioche bun.

A Republican challenge for South Arkansas Senate seat

Ben Gilmore, deputy chief of staff to Republican Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, has announced he'll challenge Democratic Sen. Eddie Cheatham of Crossett for his Senate seat.

The corrupt Capitol: An open secret

Who did NOT know about Jeremy Hutchinson's corruption?

North Little Rock reports ninth homicide of year

North Little Rock recorded its ninth homicide of the year yesterday, police reported.

Planned Parenthood withdraws from federal family planning program

Rather than submit to an abortion gag rule, Planned Parenthood announced today it would withdraw from the federally financed Title X family planning program.

Orthodontist indicted for bribing Jeremy Hutchinson

Benjamin Burris, an orthodontist who once practiced in Fort Smith and Fayetteville, was named in an indictment today for bribing then-Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson to help his business.

Another week, another open line and daily news roundup

Today's video news roundup and the open line.
Elaine Massacre Memorial diagram

Responses to the Elaine memorial, with an update

The fact that the Elaine Massacre Memorial is being built in Helena-West Helena rather than Elaine has been a point of contention with some residents of Elaine.

Cache presents its Cache Country Plate

Try one of Cache's lunch specials today: broccoli cheese soup, chicken greek salad or Cache's Country Plate with a fried pork chop, fried chicken wings, purple hull peas, mac & cheese, fried okra and cornbread.

Racing Commission reopens applications for Pope County casino

In keeping with its decision last week, the Arkansas Racing Commission today officially reopened applications to operate a casino in Pope County.

State Board of Education adds fourth meeting on Little Rock School District

A fourth public meeting has been scheduled on the future of the Little Rock School District.

The 1619 Project: Some people don't want to talk about slavery

The 400th anniversary of slavery in the U.S. Worth talking about? The New York Times thinks so. Some voices on the right take exception.

The open line

Here is the Sunday open line.