A Q&A with the new executive director of Local First Arkansas.
The Purple PeopleApril 1, 2019
Vol 45 • No 20
Listed by their hometowns.
They escaped from the Nahziryah Monastic Community in Marion County.
Meet the best and brightest high school seniors in the state.
They made the final round.
KARK/Fox 16 has identified Mark Jelks, principal of White Hall High School, as having shared on his Facebook account a post from another Facebook page with an anti-Muslim message — "Kick Islam out of America: You can't walk with God holding hands with the devil."
Your tax dollars at work burnishing the brand of the woman who oversees health coverage for poor people.
At a late-night committee session Thursday, Rep. Robin Lundstrum pulled another sneak attack, pushing out an amended version of one of her bills to roll back the minimum wage increase approved by voters in November.
A similar plan targeted at Pulaski County stalled in committee.
The Libertarian Party of Arkansas filed a federal lawsuit about a new state law that more than doubled the signature requirement for a political party to qualify for the ballot.
Hutchinson asked Trump administration officials to appeal a federal judge's order blocking the work rule
A House committee today endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment to shorten existing term limits, except for those currently serving, and to allow a return to office after four years out of the legislature.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson today named Jake Bleed to succeed Duncan Baird as state budget director.
A judge's invalidation of the work rule for the Arkansas Medicaid expansion program figured strongly in a House defeat Friday of the first attempt to pass the Department of Human Services Medicaid budget.
Ernest Dumas, who's been covering the Arkansas legislature for half a century assesses this year's group in the new monthly print issue of Arkansas Times. Verdict: Awful.
We already know the laxity of charter school accountability in Arkansas. We are not alone. Check the Washington Post.
Attorney General William Barr says he intends to release a redacted version of Robert Mueller's report around mid-April and that Donald Trump has waived his ability to review and claim privilege over what Barr decides to release.
With little debate, the Senate Education Committee today endorsed HB 1684 by Rep. Dan Douglas (R-Bentonville) to allow in-state college tuition for several types of students who are not U.S. citizens.
Most of the news is bad from the legislature in today's video roundup. Here's the open line.
Max and Lindsey talk about a federal judge striking down Arkansas’s first-in-the-nation Medicaid work reporting requirement, the latest from the legislature, the hiring of a new Little Rock police chief, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott’s state of the city address, the firing of Mike Anderson and more.
Two days after a federal judge halted Arkansas's first-in-the-nation work requirement for certain Medicaid beneficiaries, the state House of Representatives rejected the entire Medicaid budget by a large margin on Friday.
Washington Post columnist David Ignatius continues to plumb mysteries in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul and his new extensive report includes a mention of an Arkansas firm.
Rep. Fredrick Love (D-Little Rock) has introduced legislation to drug test legislators. If a legislator tested positive and refused treatment or failed a repeat test, he or she would lose pay for six months.
A late-arriving piece of legislation proposes to do something about train blockage of rail crossings.
Here's another bright legislative idea, featured in a good video from the Arkansas Citizens First Congress: The bill, SB 618, by Sen. James Sturch (R-Batesville) provides a tax credit for early childhood educators who obtain higher credentials.
The readers take over.
This is interesting in the Washington Post. A successful ACLU lawsuit against a North Carolina charter school that required female students to wear skirts to preserve "chivalry." Pants won.
Headlines this morning show Arkansas leading the way, not necessarily in exemplary fashion. The Medicaid work rule is one; a new law to speed up state capture of unclaimed retirement accounts is another.
An interview with the author in advance of his Arkansas Literary Festival appearance.
Play at home, while guarding your stuff from sticky-fingered DHS employees!
With his Walk Against Fear 50 years ago.
Surveying the line at downtown Little Rock's popular new donut shop.
An artist, her shadow, create a memoir.
See arkansasliteraryfestival.org or a full schedule of author talks, workshops, special events and children's activities.
A tour of its facility in Woodruff County.
I believe there is no better smell in all the world than old books, a lifelong addiction that keeps The Observer rifling through pages at pretty much every moment when we're not rifling through old bookstores and haunting book sales, even though our shelves back home in the parlor and study and specially constructed Reading Toilet of The Observatory are already groaning with enough tomes that I'll never get 'em all read unless I live to a well-seasoned 306.
She navigates mental illness in 'The Collected Schizophrenias.'
Interviews and a guide to festival highlights.
Anti-women. Anti-poor. Anti-black. Anti-people. Anti-old-style Republicans.
Two Little Rock district courts — the criminal and environmental divisions, but not the traffic court — are offering leniency opportunities in the month of April.
Some light reading for this, the first day of April
Cajun's Wharf will close June 1, its owner Mary Beth Ringgold has announced in a press release.
The Buzz has retired its "Babe Bracket," a competition pitting women broadcasters that inspired some pushback last year.
The State Police have been called to investigate an Osceola police shooting that left a man critically wounded after a traffic stop.
Two more judicial candidates have announced for one of six judgeships on the ballot for the Sixth Judicial District next year.
Price McKeon of KARK/Fox 16 reports, quoting the local sheriff, that a Prescott 8th grader was shot in school this morning.
The state Finance and Administration Department filed a tax lien March 21 against former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, facing a federal indictment over tax charges related to his use of campaign money for personal expenses.
Democratic legislators filed a bill today to reinstate all those who lost Medicaid coverage because of failure to comply with the work rule and to require the Department of Human Services to notify those people of restored coverage.
Any epitaph on someone’s coaching tenure is customary rife with negativity. This coach disgraced the program by falling off a motorcycle, lying about the circumstances, and hiring a young blond with no conceivable credentials as his “aide.”
An April Fools Day open line, plus a strictly factual daily news roundup.
The House of Representatives today defeated Rep. Robin Lundstrum's bill to roll back the voter-approved minimum wage increase as it pertains to people aged 16 through 18. The vote was 34-42, with 10 voting present. It needed 67 votes to pass as a change to a voter-approved initiated act.
The House of Representatives defeated a second bill by Rep. Robin Lundstrum to rollback the voter-approved minimum wage increase as it pertains to businesses with fewer than 25 employees, nonprofits with less than $1 million operating budgets, and nonprofits that serve the disabled. The vote was 29-45, with nine voting present.
In this week’s episode, Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on the cancellation of Riverfest 2019 and the Arkansas Legislature’s new attempt to pass legislation to implement a voucher program.
This late in the session, the chances of passage of new bills are problematic, but here's one worth a note all the same: Rep. Charles Blake proposes to further sharply reduce penalties for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
By the slimmest of margins, the House today approved a bill that the religious conservative Family Council decried as a "public drinking bill." The vote was 51-19, with a hefty 30 voting present or not voting at all.
By the bare minimum, the House voted today to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2020 that would change limits in a way that would actually open the door to many more years of service by current legislators. The vote was 51-26 with nine voting present on SJR 15, already approved in the Senate.
It's never too late in a legislative session to rough up the Little Rock School District.
Poll: Sure Trump's a liar, but voters are more interested in health care and his tax cut than Russia probe
Health care and a disastrous tax cut are more important to voters than the Mueller Report, but the outcome of that probe hasn't helped Donald Trump either, according to new polling.
The monthly report on state tax revenue shows a big jump in corporate tax collections in March that pushed revenue totals for the year farther ahead of expected income.
Two bills sponsored by Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R-Elm Springs) to undo substantial portions of the minimum wage hikes approved by voters in November were voted down easily Monday in the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Trump's amazing health care plan will remain a secret until after the 2020 election.
After a debate mostly concerned with a portion of the bill attempting to equalize tax burdens on car washes, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee today endorsed SB 576, a major tax bill aimed at raising sales tax revenue on Internet commerce and providing millions in corporate tax cuts.
LaTonya Laird Austin announced today for one of the six Pulaski County circuit judgeships to be on the ballot next March.
With women legislators in opposition, the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee today defeated HB 1806 by Rep. Tippi McCullough (D-Little Rock) to require state agencies to pay men and women equally.
The Arkansas Houde Tuesday afternoon on its second try approved SB 99 the $8 billion Medicaid budget bill that includes the continuation of the Medicaid expansion known as Arkansas Works, but with a court order preventing enforcement of a work rule for qualification adopted two years ago.
The news roundup is nearly all about the legislature. Here's the open line.
Arkansas is now the second state in the country that allows people on bicycles to treat stop signs as yield signs and red lights like stop signs.
The legislature is intent on raising the speed limit on rural freeways from 70 to 75 (70 for trucks). But can they?
As predicted here yesterday, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce express train to deter future minimum wage and other populist petition campaigns left the station in the Senate this afternoon.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who likes to describe herself as a gun-toting Christian, declined to toss some gun-toting red meat to a senator in an official opinion request disclosed today.
The Arkansas House of Representatives narrowly approved a bill to fund the state's Medicaid program on Tuesday, completing legislative action on the appropriation and handing a victory to Governor Hutchinson.
At Tuesday evening’s board of directors meeting, city directors voted to approve a resolution authorizing the mayor to negotiate an agreement with the Arkansas Department of Transportation on the construction of the 30 Crossing Project.
The state Correction Department last night announced investigations in two more deaths in state prison units.
Lots to watch at the legislature today. And maybe elsewhere.
Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak to the 2019 graduating class of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts at 2 p.m May 25 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
If you didn’t know Joe Biden was of Irish descent, you might think he was French, or Italian. The man exudes personal warmth. He touches people, leans in close, pats their shoulders, whispers in their ears, and plants unsolicited kisses. Upon women, that is.
A House committee late yesterday defeated SB 304 to permit school districts to offer comprehensive health courses including suicide prevention, substance abuse, tobacco and, the sticking point, pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention.
Senate committee defeats bill to allow four more years of state control of Little Rock School District
After a sharp debate, the Senate Education Committee this morning failed on a split vote to approve SB 668 that would allow the state Board of Education to retain control of the Little Rock School District for up to four more years on top of five years of receivership that ends in January.
The legislature slouches toward the finish line in today's video news roundup. Here's the open line.
On a second try, the Senate today approved SB 515 to prohibit removal or relocating of a historic monument from public property.
The Senate today approved HB 1684 to allow in-state tuition for a variety of foreign students, including those brought to this country as children by parents without legal status.
The plant-based burger utilizes a controversial ingredient called heme to trick helpless, hapless meat-eater synapses into firing off an announcement to the body that beef is in the building.
At Wednesday afternoon’s meeting of the state Medical Marijuana Commission, commissioners approved changes in location for three dispensaries and a change in ownership for Osage Creek Cultivation LLC.
"They want to be good citizens, because this is their home as much as it’s my grandchildren’s home, because this is where they’ve grown up," Douglas said of DACA recipients. "But our system doesn’t provide a pathway for them to be able to obtain citizenship."
Sen. Joyce Elliott Wednesday filed SB 681, too late for passage this session, to require full public access to records of private entities that receive public money to operate schools.
Rep. Andrew Collins (D-Little Rock) will present his HB 1862 in the House Education Committee at 10 a.m. today, a bill to provide a pathway to return of democratic control of the Little Rock School District.
Muslim students fight Islamaphobia in White Hall with forgiveness and understanding.
Funny business related to SB 660, by Sen. Trent Garner (R-NRA) to expand the public places in which concealed weapons may be carried.
What if Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski was a woman? Or maybe even intersex? The possibility has been raised in new research. Calling Sens. Jason Rapert and Mark Johnson.
Tjuana Byrd of Little Rock has announced as a candidate for one of the Sixth Judicial District juvenile judgeships.
The House Education Committee is taking up a statewide school voucher bill today that would send $3 million a year to pay to send students to private schools. If facts mattered, this bill would be dead. Don't believe me. Read the work of some advocates.
All four members of the House from Arkansas — Republicans Steve Womack, Rick Crawford, French Hill and Bruce Westerman, voted against the reauthorization of the violence against women act of 1994.
The House Education Committee this morning defeated SB 539 to create a statewide school voucher program to spend $3 million a year to send perhaps 500 students a year to private schools.
Hey, some good news on today's video headline roundup. Here's the open line.
Jonathan Q. Warren announced his candidacy for Circuit Judge, Division 10, in the 6th Judicial District, which encompasses Pulaski and Perry counties.
The House today easily approved a third constitutional amendment for the 2020 ballot, this one aimed at making it more difficult for petition drives to qualify initiatives and amendments.
By a vote of 68-20, the House today passed the last major financial bill of the session. It provides tens of millions in corporate income tax cuts over time but raises some $40 million a year in new revenue by requiring Internet merchants to collect the state sales tax.
The Senate today approved HB 1018 to allow the Little Rock School District to have a nine-member school board, if it ever has a school board again. The district's primary senators opposed the bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Sorvillo, a Republican from western Little Rock.
Another candidate has announced to succeed retiring Circuit Judge Chris Piazza in elections next March.
Arkansas political priorities — guns, landlords and battered women, in that oder.
I'm hearing that they will make another run this morning at getting SB 668 out of the Senate Education Committee this morning. This is the bill to keep the Little Rock School Distrrict in perpetual state control.
A Senate committee this morning endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment, HJR 1008, that's aimed at making it harder to put initiated acts and amendments on the ballot.
A Senate committee this morning killed HB 1893 by Rep. Jana Della Rosa to require more timely reporting by independent expenditure committees that advocate for or against election of candidates.
Senate committee votes to allow up to four more years of state control of Little Rock School District
Despite an outpouring of opposition from Little Rock people, a Senate committee today endorsed SB 553 that would allow the state to extend state control over the Little Rock School District for four more years.
Rodney Block and Matt Joyce weigh in on Elvis and his legacy ahead of a tribute at the Rev Room April 20.
The House today easily defeated HB 1955 to put insurance companies ahead of injured workers in payments for injuries involving third parties.
Arkansas’ four-year graduation rates for all students and multiple student subgroups increased in 2018, continuing a three-year trend of positive improvement.
Sen. Missy Irvin outdid Rep. Robin Lundstrum yesterday in disdain for the people of Arkansas when it comes to the minimum wage.
Sen. Mark Johnson (R-Ferndale) has won Senate passage of yet another bill affecting the city of Little Rock over the objections of the city's senators.
The Senate voted 24-5 today to pass Sen. Gary Stubblefield SB 411 to prohibit "municipal sanctuary policies." It's a can of worms.
Republican officeholders, in Arkansas and everywhere, have found themselves in an impossible catch-22 — caught between mutually conflicting political demands by their voters. I’m talking about the political dilemma of choosing between the widely hated Obamacare and the highly popular provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
This year, state legislators in Little Rock have been staging an all-out, unrelenting attack on abortion access in Arkansas.
The Game and Fish Commission says a $6,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the killing of a bald eagle in Drew County.
Financial times continue to be tough for UA Little Rock. Yesterday, Chancellor Andrew Rogerson announced a freeze on hiring and purchasing for the balance of the fiscal year ending June 30.
Today's news video roundup: The legislature can't quit soon enough. Here's the open line.
A day after City Director Kathy Webb and other Children, Youth and Families Commission members raised concerns about the city cutting funding for 15 summer youth enrichment and recreation programs, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said his administration has made no cuts to the 2019 budget.
Attorneys for Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen have filed a motion seeking to dismiss judicial ethics charges he faces and, in the process, has provided information they've gathered about Supreme Court justices actions in his case.
Helena-West Helena Mayor Kevin Smith apparently has fired the staff of the local district court preparatory to "reorganizing" the office. Blowback from the City Council has begun.
Max and Lindsey talk about the latest from the legislature, including good news. But also bad news.
For Saturday reading: USA Today and the Center for Public Integrity on the rise in cookie-cutter legislation — "model bills" developed by special interest groups dropped around the country to push agendas in the states.
Speaking of copycat legislation: The worst NRA desire of this legislative session — adding Arkansas to the list of states with dangerous "stand your ground" laws — isn't dead yet. Another run to pass it, potentially with acquiescence of a former foe, is on the agenda for the legislature's final week.
If the 1500 horsepower tomfoolery taking place on the track isn’t your cup of Natural Light, then come for the people watching, where there will be no shortage of babies in comically large over-the-ear headphones.
The readers take over
Recapping a scandal: Good work in D-G.
Crime in broad daylight. At the Zoo.
The open line includes the announcement that Eric Musselman, who had been coach at Nevada (Reno), is the next head basketball coach at the University of Arkansas.
Another contested race has developed among the six open circuit judgeships to be on the ballot in 2020.
City Director Lance Hines joins fight for anti-sanctuary legislation, among the bad bills pending in final session hours
Among the gruesome dying gasps of this legislative session will be the fight by Sen. Gary Stubblefield to pass an anti-sanctuary city bill that even Gov. Asa Hutchinson has expressed reluctance about. But not City Director Lance HInes, who you can see with failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Jan Morgan discussing his support of the legislation.
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton has scheduled a town hall April 25 in Rogers and you can tell from the official announcement that there will be a low tolerance for dissent. Comments at the Facebook page about efforts of others to get tickets suggest additional pre-screening is going on.
Andrew Rogerson, chancellor of UA Little Rock, said the hiring and purchasing freezes imposed last week were "prudent" steps to assure the school finishes the year in the black, with a key underlying cause a decline in full-time students.
As City Director of Ward 5, Lance Hines wants to represent the business community’s interests on the city board. Now in his third term as a city director, Hines said he wants to make both residential and retail development easier in Little Rock and increase the city’s revenue by recruiting “one of a kind” retailers to make it a source for “destination shopping.”
Another fatal shooting by police, this one in Blytheville.
The Joint Budget Committee today defeated a proposal by Sen. Will Bond (D-Little Rock) to earmark $2.5 million in the rainy day fund for senior centers.
Higdon Square Cafe does meat and three right.
In this week’s episode, Antwan Phillips and Rep. Charles Blake provide perspective and conversation on the Central Arkansas Water’s efforts to secure additional fresh water sources, the Legislature’s attempt to extend the time that the State Board of Education can control the LRSD, and the location of LRPD’s license plate readers and security cameras.
Final day legislative fireworks could include legislation with serious impact on Little Rock, though neither of two bills is sponsored by a resident of the city.
Monday's news roundup mostly awaits further action from the legislature. Here's the open line.
The Senate today completed action on a constitutional amendment aimed at severely limiting the ability to put popular initiatives on the election ballot.
The Senate today a bill to place draconian requirements on companies paid to gather signatures on ballot initiatives.
As is common when a “coaching search” gets underway at the University of Arkansas—at this rate, it’s been about an average of every two or three years during my lifetime that either the basketball or football head coaching position has changed—the rumor mill churns at a feverish pace and almost always ends up being discredited for one reason or another.
Take a minute to think about the major categories of pharmaceuticals in the marketplace today and you quickly come to a simple conclusion: Pain management is big business.
In something of a surprise, the Senate narrowly defeated SB 668 by Sen. Kim Hammer to allow the state to control school districts in academic distress for up to nine years.
With gun safety advocates out in force, Sen. Bob Ballinger sent his "stand your ground" bill to interim committee for study and vowed it would be back in two years.
The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals today denied Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's request for a stay of a lower court order that said the state couldn't force four South Arkansas school districts to allow interdistrict transfers.
A House committee failed to endorse SB 411 to prohibit local governments from having "sanctuary" policies toward undocumented immigrants.
After hearing, but not seeing, an amendment to legislation allowing Little Rock voters to consider a change in government to mayor-council, the bill received the endorsement late today by the House City, County and Local Affairs Committee.
The Senate yesterday passed Rep. Mary Bentley's HB 1775 to add additional work requirements on recipients of food stamps, but not before a heated exchange between Sen. Scott Flippo, carrying the bill, and Sen. Joyce Elliott, unable to get answers from Flippo to her questions.
UCA Schedler Honors College professor Adam Frank talks shadow puppets and artistic rebellion ahead of Ozark Living Newspaper Theatre's late-night production of Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty."
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported this morning on a lawsuit challenging the state law that prohibits fund-raising for a political campaign more than two years before an election. So, how about some more details on who's behind it?
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Meredith Switzer of Hot Springs to replace the late Judge David M. "Mac" Glover on the Arkansas Court of Appeals.
The poorly written bill to punish Arkansas cities that are kind to immigrants was defeated in committee last night, but it apparently isn't dead yet. Call your representative.
A House committee this morning failed to approve the bill aimed at preventing any government from altering, moving or removing Confederate monuments.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen today reversed the Little Rock Planning Commission's approval of a proposed residential development known as Mergeron Court.
After extended debate, the House Education Committee today defeated Sen. Breanne Davis' SB 452 to prevent using public money on education lobbying associations.
It's Victory over the Confederacy Day.
The bill to extend state control of the Little Rock School District as many as four more years is officially dead.
The Senate failed again today to pass Sen. Mark Johnson's SB 463 to cripple paid petition canvassing for ballot initiatives.
The House adjourned today with plans to return at 10 a.m Wednesday and some items pending.
Sorry, though there are many legislative headlines on the video today, they're not done yet. The open line is here.
After a defeat yesterday, the House City, County and Local Affairs Committee approved SB 411 to prohibit local governments from adopting "sanctuary" policies toward immigrants.
As we went to bed last Monday, I told my wife that maybe it was time I retired as a sports fan. It was never going to get any better than this. The Virginia Cavaliers had just won the national championship in a nerve-wracking overtime game against a tenacious Texas Tech team, and I was feeling jittery and euphoric. I can’t think when a ballgame has made me happier.
A fitting coda for this special interest-dominated legislative session is — another — piece of legislation to help the tobacco lobby.
The penultimate day of legislating included a moment of virtually no legal significance, but it was nonetheless richly symbolic. It was the perpetually angry Sen. Trent Garner's rant of a resolution, SR 30, condemning affairs in Venezuela and Sen. Linda Chesterfield's observation in response.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson is lauding legislative passage of his government reorgnization legislation. Time will tell if it makes government leander and more efficient.
The House and Senate completed action today and recessed until a return April 24 for a ceremonial close.
There's good news on the daily video roundup today: The legislature's done. Here's the open line.
I never thought I'd say this, but the often poisonous U.S. Chamber of Commerce is to be applauded — for its endorsement of the Equality Act to extend workplace civil rights protection to LGBT people.
The U.S. Justice Department filed notice today that it would appeal the decision preventing Arkansas (and potentially many other states) from imposing a work rule to qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage.
Men of Steel, Women of Wonder is a new exhibition developed by Crystal Bridges Assistant Curator Alejo Benedetti that examines art-world responses to Superman and Wonder Woman ranging from their Depression-era origins to today’s contemporary artist interpretations.
With critical help from House Speaker Matthew Shepherd, the House today passed a bill to punish cities that adopt policies that the attorney general deems "sanctuary" for undocumented immigrant
The Mid-Southern Watercolorists' annual juried show, musician Charlotte Taylor and beer by Stone's Throw are all on tap Friday at the Historic Arkansas Museum (2nd and Cumberland streets) for the 2nd Friday Night downtown art fling (5-8 p.m. April 12).
"State of the Art," a film by award-winning filmmakers Craig and Brent Renaud about the 2014-15 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art exhibition of the same name, will get a free preview screening at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Ron Robinson Theater in the River Market district. The film will then be aired on AETN at 8 p.m. Friday, April 26.
buZ blurr's forthcoming exhibition “Wait of World” runs from April 12-May 2 at CALS Bookstore at Library Square, with an opening reception Friday, April 12, 5-8 p.m.
A coincidence of events on the matter of state services for the poor, who don't enjoy much official favor in Arkansas these days:
A reader hails the passage of legislation to regulate electric scooter rental companies, including a requirement that they carry liability insurance. But ....
Former state Representative Fonda Hawthorne, 62, who served one term as a Democrat from Ashdown in 2013-14, has pleaded guilty to stealing money from the Little River Chamber of Commerce, the Texarkana Gazette reports.
The Arkansas Supreme Court, in a 4-3 split, reversed a Jefferson County decision that a nursing home was not entitled to immunity from lawsuit as a charity.
A man reportedly holding a gun was shot by Helena-West Helena police early this morning and the State Police is investigating.
Three armed, masked men robbed the Jared jewelry store at 310 South University Avenue about 8 p.m. last night, Fox 16 reports.
Former Republican state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, nephew of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, has been indicted in federal court in Missouri for taking pay from a health provider in return for legislative influence. His indictment was part of a broader action that reaches to the top of the multistate nonprofit at the center of a long-running public corruption probe.
Pretty newsy day it turns out. Check the video roundup here. And this is the open line.
Transform government? It could stand it.
In February — more than four years after the state took over the district — the Education Department announced exit criteria for the LRSD to return to local control. After all this time, the state says it largely comes down to the results of one test, the ACT Aspire, which Little Rock students began taking on Monday. During a public comment period at a meeting of the State Board of Education today, several LRSD parents voiced their concerns about testing delays and interruptions, echoing reports from social media of problems districtwide.
Street tacos were meant to be eaten this way — truckside, perched on a folding chair at a sun-drenched card table.
Buying judges: A win in Wisconsin, a loss in Arkansas. PS: The Arkansas judge is now in a contentious divorce where money again is an issue
An opaque money group apparently succeeded in Wisconsin where it failed in Arkansas — influencing election of a Supreme Court Judge. The article inspired a check on the Arkansas judge's ongoing divorce case and it turns out to have heated up considerably.
The Washington Post has dug up another piece of diabolical meanness by the Trump administration — a plan to dump detained immigrants in "sanctuary cities" such as San Francisco to punish political enemies such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Amy Garland, John Good, Nick Devlin, Barbara Raney, Rachel Fields, Mandy McBryde, Stephanie Smittle and a host of other musicians hits the stage at 7:30 pm., playing music from Burger's weird, illustrious catalogue.
Update on the earlier item mentioning developments in the high profile divorce case between Supreme Court Justice Courtney Hudson Goodson and Texarkana lawyer John Goodson, a member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. John Goodson's lawyer posed questions today about the justice's involvement in recent legislation.
The negative reviews have begun for recent work by the Arkansas legislature, here on Strong Towns for Sen. Bart Hester's new law that limits cities' ability to impose design standards.
Arthur Hash, an assistant professor in the jewelry and metalsmith department at the Rhode Island School of Design, fabricates jewelry that he describes as giving a nod to his "daily carry": Good luck charms, river stones, folding knives — he says all shape his identity.
Good report from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on another appearance by the Haas Hall charter school before the state Board of Education on its distinct lack of diversity among students. Even Education Commissioner Johnny Key has been seemingly forced to acknowledge it is not so hard to achieve high results with higher income white kids from families pointed toward academic achievement.
Here's the Friday open line. And the video news roundup is longer on comment than news.
Little Rock native Steve H. Broadnax III grew up going to shows at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre with his grandmother, and he graduated from Parkview High School. Now the head of MFA Acting in the School of Theatre at Penn State University, Broadnax, 42, will direct The Rep’s upcoming production of “Native Gardens."
Max and Lindsey talk about the big new public corruption indictment and the legislature going home.
Derby Day is the time to put on your church clothes, foray out to the race track, and test your betting mettle.
Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has set a meeting with the Little Rock City Board at 4 p.m Tuesday, in advance of the weekly board meeting, "to provide an update on the City’s financial status – past, present, and future." Should be interesting.
We mentioned here Thursday that Missouri public officials were players in the public corruption indictment naming former Arkansas Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and two top former officials of Preferred Family Healthcare, the Springfield, Mo.-based nonprofit at the center of the investigation. Here's an Associated Press report from Missouri looking more closely at the Show Me State angle.
The readers take over.
Between challah and matzah, Purim and Yom Kippur, it’s easy to get lost in the terminology of Jewish culture. The remedy: the Jewish Food and Cultural Festival, this weekend at War Memorial Stadium.
Drug-testing public officials? Let's not.
Cauliflower rice, Almond milk. Vegetable burgers. The Arkansas legislature has a stomach ache from such terms.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported this morning on Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson's idea to remove a Confederate statue that stands at the entrance to the Jefferson County courthouse in Pine Bluff. A hubbub is likely to follow, but he's right.
The open line includes an introduction to two bright young scholars from Arkansas studying for public service.