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Little Rock mayor, police chief talk violent crime

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. pledged in a press conference Wednesday to seek an additional salary "step" for Little Rock Police Department officers to help with retention in Little Rock's 2022 budget, which would require city board approval. He also said he would propose doubling the sign-on bonus for new officers from $5,000 to $10,000. 

Arkansas Department of Health preps for children's COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Children ages 5 to 11 could become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines within weeks, and Arkansas is getting ready.
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Lawsuit alleges that city has failed to maintain Terry House and historic mansion should revert to heirs

A white column mansion in downtown Little Rock that was gifted to the city for the Arkansas Arts Center to use is falling into disrepair. Now the family says they want it back.

Arrest made in shooting death of man found by the highway in Bradley County

A 44-year-old Warren man is charged in the killing.
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Some Arkansas victims of Boy Scouts sex abuse frown on what they see as an insufficient settlement offer

A settlement offer to survivors of Boy Scout sex abuse is simply not enough, an Arkansas attorney who represents some of the victims said.

Blackshire settlement awards detailed in court filing

A court filing in Pulaski County Circuit Court details the settlement awards in the Bradley Blackshire case.
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Fayetteville tenants angered after property manager pushed them to let tailgaters use bathroom in their homes

Great story from KNWA on a Fayetteville woman who was asked by her property manager to allow tailgaters to use her bathroom. 

Rapert continues to press for Texas-style abortion law

"All the Governor has to do is call a special session of the legislature with the Heartbeat Bill on the agenda and we will pass it," Rapert said. "We don’t need to wait on the U.S. Supreme Court for guidance."
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Little Rock board approves ordinance that returns redistricting authority to city manager

The Little Rock Board of Directors, in a vote of 8-2, approved Vice-Mayor Lance Hines' ordinance that removes the director of planning and development from part of the redistricting process. The vote is the latest in an ongoing struggle for primacy between the mayor and the City Board.

Little Rock board delves deep into controversial Blackshire settlement

The controversy surrounding a proposed settlement of a lawsuit against the city of Little Rock over the shooting death of Bradley Blackshire spilled into public view at Tuesday's Little Rock Board of Directors meeting.
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Tax cut fever in Arkansas

How low can they go? The governor wants tax cuts; some Republicans want to cut all the way to zero. Some perspective...

West Memphis police ordered to respond to records request on evidence in West Memphis 3 case

The West Memphis Police Department has been ordered to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request sent by Patrick Benca, an attorney representing Damien Echols. 
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Governor outlines plan for tax cuts but delays special session

Governor Hutchinson outlined his tax-cut agenda, but announced that the special session will be delayed. Plus the daily COVID-19 update and some modifications to COVID quarantine policies in K-12 schools.

Henderson State homecoming court ditches the gender binary — and dazzles

Don't tell the Arkansas legislature, but Henderson State University students aren't hung up on gender identity.

Workers complain of foul chemical at Mountaire Farms poultry plant

The Counter has a good report on troubling working conditions at a Mountaire Farms poultry plant in Robeson County, North Carolina. Mountaire Farms, the fourth largest poultry producer in the nation, is owned by Ronald Cameron of Little Rock, a reclusive mega-donor to Republican politicians, including millions to organizations that backed Donald Trump.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which includes KATV, hit with ransomware attack

It happened over the weekend and continued to disturb broadcast at least through yesterday.

Arkansas woman dies of COVID-19 weeks after giving birth

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A birthday weekend of Hot Springs takeout

A rooftop birthday in the spa city.
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