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Arkansas Blog

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Welcome.

The tax cuts are coming: The Week in Review for June 16, 2024

This week: A terrible shooting in a library parking lot, a new lawsuit against Arkansas LEARNS and more.
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Reefer Madness in the rearview?

How a federal reclassification of cannabis could affect Arkansas.

Saturday open line

Howdy.
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Marshals, mi xao and Miss Laura's: Is Fort Smith cool?

Arkansas's frontier city has plenty to do and lots to see.

Northwest Arkansas 101: Heralded and undersung corners of the state’s most booming region

What was once a well-kept secret is now on everyone’s list of places to live. Corporate money and a steady stream of new residents has led to a rapid increase of new amenities and services, most of which were unimaginable just a decade ago. And increasingly, people are packing up their cars and paying Northwest Arkansas a visit to see what all the hype is about.   
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Attorney and FOIA advocate arrested at Bar Association convention, accused of soliciting petition signatures

An attorney and leader in a campaign to protect access to public information was handcuffed and escorted out of the Arkansas Bar Association's annual convention in Hot Springs Friday in a bizarre spectacle that unfolded in a room full of lawyers and judges.

Group supporting marijuana amendment reports raising $191,000 last month

The owners of Good Day Farm Little Rock provided the largest donation of the month at $26,415.
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Friday open line

Party time.

UPDATE: ATF shooting of Bryan Malinowski was justified, prosecutor says after review

The ATF agent who shot Malinowski in his West Little Rock home "had a reasonable belief that deadly force was necessary to defend himself" and another agent, the prosecutor said.
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Attorney arrested at Arkansas Bar Association meeting in Hot Springs for carrying FOIA petitions

Jen Standerfer, an attorney and leader in the campaign to protect Arkansas's Freedom of Information Act, was arrested and handcuffed in front of a room full of judges and attorneys today.

Tyson suspends John R. Tyson as finance chief over DWI arrest

Tyson got off with an apology in 2022 after police found him passed out in a stranger's bed. This time around, he wasn't so lucky.

Game and Fish Commission leads Lake Conway clean-ups as budget questions linger

The Lake Conway rehab project is an example of one of the services that could be interrupted if the Game and Fish Commission’s budget is not approved by lawmakers during next week’s special session.

Green Springs owner files lawsuit, dispensary sale on hold

A hearing is set for Wednesday in Garland County Circuit Court.
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Son of Northwest Arkansas congressman sentenced to prison in drug case

Steve Womack's son James Phillip Womack has been sentenced to prison on a federal drug charge and still faces state charges.

We can blame one of the clumsiest politicians in Arkansas history for next week's special session

Chalk up the messy and expensive flap over an appropriation for Game and Fish to the naïveté and perhaps outright ignorance of one the great buffoons of Arkansas history, Gov. J. Marion Futrell.

Thursday open line

Almost there.

Arkansas Racing Commission launches Pope County casino license review

A state board advanced the application of Cherokee Nation Entertainment, which will present its proposal on June 27.

Supreme Court upholds abortion pill access, but reproductive rights leaders say threats continue

The Federal Drug Administration's authority to allow use of the abortion pill nationwide stands, and there's nothing a pack of anti-abortion groups can do about it. At least, not today.

State board revokes Green Springs dispensary license

The state Medical Marijuana Commission will consider a proposed sale of the dispensary Thursday, but ABC officials say the license is no longer transferrable.
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