Research and therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences suggest that children who've suffered at the hands of abusers need not lead lives defined by their pain. Therapy can help them change the way they think, creating not just behavioral changes but changes in the way their brains are wired. Brains, it appears, are altered by trauma, but can possibly be healed.
I love crazy like Oprah loves bread. And for weeks, there's only been one thing on my mind: meeting the living embodiment of insanity that is Gary Busey at the First Ever 13th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs.
The campaign for medical marijuana in Arkansas was a squeaker in 2012, with the outcome — and the availability of a medicine that supporters claim is vital for chronically ill patients — failing by less than 2 percent of the vote.
For those of us who grew up on Browning's Mexican food in the 1960s, marveled when Juanita's introduced us to fajitas and Blue Mesa to white cheese dip in the 1980s and somehow still think Casa Manana and Senor Tequila are "authentic Mexican," it's nice to get tips about restaurants where the patrons are working-class folks for whom Spanish is the primary or only language, where the signs are in Spanish and the TV blares Mexican soap operas or music videos.
Some days I wonder if I'm qualified to express opinions about American politics anymore. See, I'm not particularly angry, and I also doubt that voters in general are any more worked up than usual. Voter outrage is mainly a media trope. Even at Donald Trump rallies, there's a whole lot of sheer entertainment and play-acting.
In late 2014, postings and word-of-mouth offerings for journalism jobs to cover the Ebola crisis in West Africa began popping up. Tellingly, one of the stipulations was that if you were to assist on-site with producing a documentary, you'd have to be available for a 45-day quarantine upon your return to the States.
The Observer has been in a funk lately for a number of reasons: revulsions and slights, both foreign and domestic. We get that way most years as the winter drags on, once the tinsel and colored lights of Christmas drop into the rearview, soon after we come off the New Year's Day hangover.
The state Ethics Commission has decided to investigate ethics complaints over campaign finance activites by the Conservative Arkansas PAC and reporting related to Senate campaigns by Sen. Jon Woods and former Rep. John Burris.
The New York Times reports today that it has found serious flaws in research done by the National Football League on concussions. A committee formed in 1994 issued reports playing down the danger of head injuries.
The Arkansas unemployment rate continued its drop in February, to 4.2 percent, against 4.4 percent the month before. This is against a national rate of 4.9 percent. The number of people at work grew by more than 8,000.
In his press conference this morning, Gov. Asa Hutchinson made his case for his plan to implement managed care for certain high-cost populations in the traditional Medicaid program. What he didn't do, however, was establish much of an argument for why lawmakers should back his plan as opposed to an alternative known as "DiamondCare" that would pursue the same reforms but continue to have the state pay providers directly on a fee for service basis. The governor's own rhetoric on Medicaid reform from last year could make it difficult to make that pitch.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it would participate in the Plains and Eastern Clean Line Project to move electricity produced by wind in Oklahoma and Texas over a 705-mile transmission line through Arkansas to Tennessee.
Compassion Works for All, the prison outreach nonprofit led by Morgan Holladay, one of our Arkansas Times Visionaries last year, has partnered with Loblolly Creamery to raise money and awareness about nonviolence.
The Hutchinson administration’s move to begin drug testing welfare recipients, the governor’s pitch to change health care in Arkansas, the sentencing of former judge Mike Maggio and Arkansas connections to Donald Trump — all covered on this week's podcast.
A federal judge in Alabama is the latest to strike down a state law requiring abortion providers to have a doctor on hand with hospital admission privileges. It's a gimmick to prevent women from having access to abortion.
A city ordinance prohibits alterations to existing billboards on designated scenic corridors. The City Board is poised to allow such alterations in return for removal of billboards elsewhere in the city.
An updated campaign finance report for failed chief justice candidate Courtney Goodson shows she loaned her campaign $641,000 and received $35,000 in contributions the last few days of the campaign from Pennsylvania lawyers who have become high-profile because of Arkansas political activities.
Aspecial Pulaski Tech Board meeting was held today at which University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt talked about adding Pulaski Tech, the two-year school based in North Little Rock, to the UA System. No decisions yet.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson will laud scientific research at a news conference this morning: the half-billion dollars raised from government and foundation sources for research supported by the Arkansas Biosciences Institute. There's a bigger state budget picture to consider in noting this good work.
A big victory today for public employee unions. The U.S. Supreme Court divided 4-4 and thus left in place a lower court ruling that allows public employee unions to recover collective bargaining costs from non-union workers covered by the collective agreements.
The Health Reform Legislative Task Force will convene for the final time today to review draft legislation designed to implement the task force's two big recommendations: 1) continue the private option with a few alterations that Gov. Asa Hutchinson negotiated with the Obama administration and 2) institute reforms incentivizing more cost-effective care in the traditional Medicaid program.
Ernest Dumas reminds us in his column this week that opponents of an increase in the Arkansas minimum wage said it would be an economic body blow to business. Voters approved anyway. Results: Arkansas's unemployment rate is at a record low, far below that of the U.S.
The state Board of Education has a hearing Thursday evening on expansion of charter schools in the Little Rock School District. The chairs of the community advisory committee to the district — now under state control — have written the following letter expressing concerns about the expansion
Sen. Tom Cotton is so consumed with joining the blockade of President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court that he — or his staff — got a little foggy on another piece of judicial obstructionism.
The legislature's failure to approve continuating of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in Arkansas could mean a tripling of a deficit projected next year for UAMS to almost $100 million, the UAMS chancellor said today.
Little Rock Athletic Director Chasse Conque said the school had come up with a $400,000 annual guarantee to try to keep basketball coach Chris Beard, but that still left them far behind the offer that came from UNLV.
Little Rock School Superintendent Baker Kurrus has presented a detailed argument for why the state Education Department should do a detailed analysis — something it has never done — before approving a request to expand charter schools in the Little Rock School District. Those expansions inevitably will concentrate the hardest students to educate in what's left of the Little Rock district, will creating multiple inefficient school districts.
A health problem has kept David Pryor away from this week's University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, but it has not kept him from submitting a detailed list of 33 questions about a proposed expansion of Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, a $100 million project.
A little bit of fireworks at the tail end of today's Health Reform Legislative Task Force meeting: Lawmakers who back DiamondCare, an alternative to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to use managed care for certain high-cost populations in the Medicaid program, expressed concern that the governor may not allow a vote on their plan.
The state's consultant, the Stephen Group, conducted a survey of the 2,600 Arkansas families stuck on a wait list for a waiver program that provides Medicaid services offering home and community-based care for developmentally disabled children. The Stephen Group presented their findings in testimony before the Health Reform Legislative Task Force today, and suggested that one way to give the families some relief would be to provide certain benefits which are less costly while the state tries to come up with politically feasible ways to eliminate the wait list and provide full benefits to everyone who is eligible.
The New York Times was delivered the scoop by the Walton family on their latest addition to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (and Bentonville) — a new contemporary art space in a former Kraft cheese factory on E Street downtown.
I'm about to decide that the lawyers who fought for marriage equality in state and federal courts in Arkansas got screwed. Get a load of what a Tennessee judge just gave winners of the lawsuit there challenging a same-sex marriage ban.
Opponents of managed care are unhappy with Gov. Asa Hutchinson's announcement yesterday that he will not include their "DiamondCare" plan in the special legislative session that will convene next week on health care.
UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn is speaking further to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees about the medical center's tight finances and the damage that would be caused if the legislature doesn't approve continuation of the Obamacare-financed Medicaid expansion here (so-called private option).
The Southeastern Conference, which makes jillions off a contract to televise member schools' sports, tosses a bit to the faculty members who theoretically form the backbone of the universities whose names are used to generate income typically spent mostly on athletics.
Some men with pellet guns in search of squirrels set off a panic this morning at an elementary school in Hot Springs. Everything is back to normal and all is well, except maybe for the neighborhood squirrels.
Andina’s Cafe and Coffee Roastery, the longtime purveyor of Guatemalan coffee, pastries and sandwiches, first whet its beer whistle a couple of years ago when it began its firkin-tapping events with Diamond Bear Brewing Co., at which the craft brewery served beers aged with Andina’s coffees.
Today, the FDA announced changes in the protocol that would reduce the dosage of the drug, from 600 milligrams to 200, and increases the number of days a woman would be able to use the abortifacient from 49 days to 70 days. That would seem to moot part of the suit, filed by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland against the state.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed notice today that her office would appeal the Washington County Circuit Court ruling that Fayetteville's non-discrimination ordinance didn't violate the state law aimed at preventing local non-discrimination laws.
Addressing the Medicaid Advisory Council today at the Capitol, Gov. Asa Hutchinson pledged to reduce the waiting list for a Medicaid waiver program that provides services offering home and community-based care for developmentally disabled children. Currently, around 2,600 families are stuck on the wait list, some of them for years. Hutchinson promised to cut that list in half within three years. His plan is to use savings and revenues that the state would accrue via his plan to use managed care companies to enact cost-saving reforms for certain high-cost populations in the traditional Medicaid program.
Another elected official with moxie. And respect for the U.S. Constitution. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed state legislation that allows the use of religion as a pretext to discriminate against LGBT people.
A month after the conclusion of a vitriolic state Supreme Court election season that saw unprecedented levels of spending by out-of-state "dark money" groups, the Senate Judiciary committee this afternoon discussed two potential reforms to how Arkansas selects its judges.