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Former state lawmaker who 'rehomed' adopted girls sues state over investigation; Supreme Court dismisses suit

The Arkansas Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit against the state brought by Justin Harris, the former Republican state representative from West Fork best known for a tragically botched adoption of two young girls that came to light in 2015. The justices said the complaint was barred by sovereign immunity.

LRPD officer arrested on domestic battery charges

A Little Rock police officer was arrested today and charged with third degree domestic battery, police said in a statement today. 

Arkansas Sierra Club: New Trump administration rules "making it easier for polluters to foul our water"

The Trump administration today rolled back Clean Water Act protections, easing restrictions on polluters and threatening the nation's waterways, wetlands, and clean drinking water. 

Today's video headlines and an open line

Little Rock Chef Matt Bell is selling South on Main to new ownership and will be taking over as executive chef at Gray & Dudley in Nashville; Chris Peterson named athletic director at UAPB; ACLU seeks release of evidence it says could exonerate Ledell Lee, executed in 2017; Pay bump approved for legislators and constitutional officers & the Trump impeachment trial rolls on.
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Supreme Court denies rehearing for challenge to eye surgery ballot intiative

In response, an optometrist-backed group announced that it is filing a new lawsuit, challenging the signatures on different grounds.

Shooter in Asher Avenue killing surrenders to police, no homicide charges yet filed

Little Rock police are still investigating a fatal shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon, after the shooter immediately surrendered himself to police.

ACLU seeks release of evidence it says could exonerate Ledell Lee, executed in 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups today filed a lawsuit on behalf of Patricia Young, the sister of Ledell Lee, seeking the release of crime scene materials that they argue could exonerate Lee. 

Matt Bell plans to sell South on Main restaurant; new ownership expected to continue partnership with Oxford American

The Nashville Scene reports that Little Rock Chef Matt Bell is selling South on Main to new ownership and will be taking over as executive chef at Gray & Dudley in Nashville. Bell is set to begin at the restaurant, part of the city's 21c Hotel, in February.
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Might as well Trump: Impeachment trial rolls on

Here's your daily impeachment thread. 

Pay bump approved for legislators and constitutional officers

The Arkansas Supreme Court yesterday affirmed a lower court ruling that disqualified Jim Wyatt from seeking a circuit judgeship because...

Chris Peterson named athletic director at UAPB

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff today announced that Chris Peterson has been selected as its new vice chancellor and director of athletics. Peterson was previously the athletic director at UA-Little Rock for fourteen years before leaving in controversy in 2014.

New York Times editorial board staffer to speak at UA's Pryor Center

Alex Kingbury, a New York Times journalist who serves on the paper's editorial board, will speak at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville on Feb. 5 as part of the Pryor Center lecture series. 
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Tom Cotton whines that national media paying insufficient attention to Hunter Biden paternity drama

Here's a shot and chaser of Tom Cotton and Cotton-friendly reporter Frank Lockwood of the D-G whining that the Hunter Biden baby-daddy drama is not getting sufficient coverage in the national media.

Midweek headlines and open line

Leslie Rutledge joins 20 other GOP attorneys general in attacking House impeachment articles; Hunter Biden ordered to appear in court to answer alleged contempt charge & demonstrators interrupt Fayetteville City Council meeting in protest over ICE detention.

Little Rock Nine member Elizabeth Eckford to speak at Statehouse Convention Center

The Arkansas Supreme Court yesterday affirmed a lower court ruling that disqualified Jim Wyatt from seeking a circuit judgeship because...

President Trump says cuts to entitlements, including Medicare, could be on the table

Liar threatens to break promise.

Toadies for Trump: Leslie Rutledge joins 20 other GOP attorneys general in attacking House impeachment articles

Rutledge, long one of Trump's most obsequious jesters in the court of cable news, joined 20 other GOP attorneys general in filing a "friend of the Senate" letter arguing that the articles of impeachment against President Trump are legally flawed. 

Cocktails and wines and beer, oh my!

With its big plate glass windows facing Markham Street and Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock’s Oyster Bar is a great place to grab a bite and a drink while watching the world go by.

Hunter Biden ordered to appear in court to answer alleged contempt charge

Independence County Circuit Judge Holly Heyer yesterday ordered Hunter Biden to appear in court on Jan. 29 to answer a motion for contempt filed against him by Lunden Alexis Roberts, who is suing Biden for child support in a paternity case.

Ukraine caper, Day 2

Oral arguments by the House managers against Trump are slated to begin today.
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