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Marijuana commission approves use of patient, dispensary data in statewide health care database

In a meeting Wednesday afternoon, the state Medical Marijuana Commission approved name changes for three dispensaries, a change of ownership request and an officer change. Dr. Joe Thompson, former Arkansas Surgeon General, spoke to the commission about how the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, of which Thompson is president and CEO, will use data from ARSTEMS, the state’s medical marijuana tracking system, to analyze “long term results and benefits” of the medical marijuana program. Commissioners also received an update from Doralee Chandler, director of Alcoholic Beverage Control, on the progress of the 22 remaining dispensaries and two cultivation facilities yet to open in the state. 

Road cave-in at School for the Deaf may reveal burial

The cave-in has been covered and secured, archeologist Dr. Steven Beaupré of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, who has investigated the feature, said.

49 charged in fentanyl distribution rings

U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland announced today that 49 people had been charged in indictments of three drug rings for distribution of fentanyl, including charges that the illegal drug sales led to two overdose deaths.

Joe Kennedy stands up for Arkansas

Joe Kennedy steps up for victims of the Medicaid work rule.

Trump, private prisons and cops in today's video roundup

Republicans in Congress don't need no stinking laws or security. Today's video roundup starts there.

West Memphis hires felon for community/business relations post

West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon announced on the city website the hiring of Steven Jones as director of business and community relations for the city, but a recitation of Jones' background omitted one point — Jones' state employment and a resulting felony conviction.

Jacksonville police chief forced to resign

Jacksonville Police Chief John Franklin was forced to resign Tuesday.

Wednesday Plate Lunch at Loca Luna adds a Cajun Twist

Loca Luna’s award-winning plate lunches offer all the classics, plus unique weekly specials, like Wednesday’s Louisiana Pork Tamales.

Private prison project encounters questions in Drew and Bradley counties

The smell from South Arkansas is secretive dealing to use two counties as cutouts to operate a state prison run by a for-profit corporation.

Police release video of arrest of City Director Ken Richardson

Little Rock police yesterday released dash cam footage of the arrest of City Director Kenneth Richardson for obstructing governmental operations by refusing to leave the scene of an officer questioning a young black man at a shopping center.

Teachers and supporters demonstrate at Governor’s Mansion

Supporters of Little Rock teachers demonstrated at the Governor's Mansion tonight, but the record to date suggests state ears are deaf to teachers and the reality in the district.

More unflattering national press for the Hutchinson administration's Little Rock crisis

State control of the Little Rock School District with its resegregation and union-busting pushed by the Hutchinson administration continue to draw national attention, the latest in The Atlantic.

Rob Nelson, Owner/Chef at Tusk and Trotter in Bentonville

Rob Nelson talks about his journey from Northwest Arkansas to Colorado to France and back to Northwest Arkansas.

Lynching and Impeachment: Some history for Donald Trump

Donald Trump today compared the impeachment inquiry to a lynching and immediately drew swift condemnation for employing that racially charged word. Some history is in order.

Today's news: New jobs and same old terrible Trump

The video news roundup. Climax: impeachment heats up as Trump compares himself to a lynching victim.

Rogers doctor charged with overprescribing opiates

Western District U.S. Attorney Dak Kees has announced another indictment of an Arkansas doctor for overprescribing opiates.

Economics, women subject of major November conferences at Clinton Center

Big doings are scheduled at the Clinton Presidential Center in November -- conferences on economic development and women's issues

Arkansas joins Facebook probe by 47 states

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined 46 other states in an investigation of potential antitrust violations by Facebook. The investigation is being led by the attorney general of New York.

Springdale's Lookadoo is 2020 teacher of the year

 Joel Lookadoo, a ninth-grade algebra teacher at Lakeside Junior High in Springdale has been chosen as the 2020 Arkansas teacher of the year.

'The Conversation' with Sarah Catherine Gutierrez

In this week’s edition of our podcast, “The Conversation,” host Matt Price interviews Aptus Financial, Sarah Catherine Gutierrez. They discuss her motivations and insight that led her to start Aptus Financial. Gutierrez's tells Price why the lion's share of their work with clients is around figuring out how to handle massive student loans. They also touch on how to make good financial decisions and making less decisions is probably the best approach.