More than a year and a half later, the murder of a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher still has residents puzzled.
Vol 39 • No 41
Who’s ready to debate the “private option” all over again? Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today approved the popular name and ballot title for a proposed referendum on the healthcare legislation passed by a super-majority in the House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Mike Beebe last April.
Let the grandstanding begin. We mentioned a while back that the navigators and guides that will be hired in Arkansas as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would likely be a political lightning rod for Republicans.
Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges plays Friday night as part of Eureka Springs Blues Weekend.
Jeff Deck will speak at CALS Main Library Thursday evening.
At Lakeport Plantation.
Jonathan Chait notes that Republicans aren't using the filibuster to block the immigration reform bill in the Senate and speculates that the lack of procedural resistance bodes well for eventual passage.
Damien Echols writes in an article published in Salon today that his meditation practice kept him sane in prison and was, though he didn't know it, preparing him for his life after Death Row ("sometimes I thought I was just getting ready to die," he writes).
Donna Grady-Creer, 57, executive director of the Magnet Review Committee office in North Little Rock and a member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame for her work in gospel music radio programming, and her husband, Donald, 50, died in a suspicious fire at their Leawood home early this morning.
A man who barricaded himself in a van in the parking lot of a Springdale Walmart has surrendered to police, KFSM, Ch. 5, reports
A gunman stole a cash register containing $7,000 and other cash from the Shell/Maxmart station at 19500 Cantrell Road just after midnight, Little Rock police report.
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre's "Oliver!" runs Thursday and Saturday at UCA.
My talking head chats with Roby Brock about the "private option" and carrier competition on the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM).
Super Pac puts out forgettable ad. Pryor campaign says we don't need no stinking outsiders.
Cookies are ubiquitous across Arkansas; everyone has their favorite variety and many restaurants and shops carry their specialty item. But a few do it better than anyone else, adding a unique twist on an old classic or simply coming darn near perfection with a timeless recipe. Grab a glass of cold milk, here’s the 3 best cookies around central Arkansas.
WREG 3 News in Memphis has the shocking story of a brawl between two teenage girls in Earle in which, police say, the mother of the aggressor accompanied her daughter to the fight and then egged her on as the girl held her rival down and punched her in the head.
An item in this morning's paper led me to the blog of Glenn Gallas, the Tea Party activist leading the charge to get a referendum on the healthcare expansion on the ballot in 2014.
Critics of the recent Mayors Against Illegal Guns ad buy taking on Sen. Mark Pryor and other Democratic senators for votes against background checks for gun buyers clearly haven't gotten through to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the primary financier of the ads.
A belated open line.
The board of the Little Rock Technology Park, which two years ago thought that by now it would be demolishing 30 acres of neighborhood between the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, talked today about getting something small up and running quickly to take advantage of what board chair Mary Good called start-up "momentum in Central Arkansas."
Not much to dystopian fantasy.
Provincialism — that sense that Arkansans have limited use for the world beyond Arkansas's borders — has been a defining characteristic of the state's politics and society for its entire existence.
hat Democracy is rule by the people was once considered self-evident in this country, but that changed with the Supreme Court's disastrous ruling in the Citizens United case.
Also, Jeff Deck at the Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library, Undying Luv: The Bushy Memorial Party at Revolution, Meet and Greet with Brooks Robinson at Lamar Porter Field, Tinkerfest at the Museum of Discovery and John McAteer and the Gentlemen Firesnakes.
Arkansas Xtra's Eli Nelson sheds a tackle Saturday during the semi-professional Elite League championship game at J.A. Fair. Austin topped Arkansas 42-26.
Play at home.
'This is the End' deserves place in stoner-movie pantheon.
Read your article about Oxford House in Little Rock with considerable interest. My wife and I opened the first Oxford House in Arkansas back in March of 2008 — very similar reaction from most of the community up here at that time.
Spy work holds deep allure for many people. My own career as a secret agent began as an outgrowth of training beagle hunting dogs. See, I needed new antennas for the little radio transmitters in the animals' collars — which combined with a directional antenna and multi-channel receiver helped me bring the little rascals home alive at day's end.
Somebody wants to talk about football coaches and "thugs," do they? Well, let's talk. What would you call a head football coach at a major state university who physically attacks a player on the other team during a nationally televised game?
Also, Cory Branan at White Water.
Lynn's Italian beef a sandwich work seeking out.
Music, theater highlight weekend festivities.
Reports in Pulaski County are first in 30 years.
Arts Center shows the sumptuous and masterful from Kenwood House.
Elaine Scott spotted what she tactfully calls "an unfortunate juxtaposition" in the May 23 Arkansas Times. Sitting right next to the "Words" column was an ad that said, "Thank you to all of our sponsors, audiences and volunteers for an amazing 7th Annual LRFF! We couldn't of done it without you!"
It was also a good week for wine lovers, a protest, campaign announcements and a delay. It was a bad week for the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.
Junior, who is shaping up to be quite a geek at the ripe old age of 13, recently informed Ma and Pa of his summertime ambition: to build his own gaming computer, with the terabytes and the rams and the overclocks and the gibbety-flibblety bits that will apparently make it into a cross between the WOPR supercomputer in "WarGames" and the supercharged desktop Anthony Michael Hall used to bring Kelly LeBrock to life in "Weird Science."
*AKINISM: I thought GOPs had been trained up not to talk about rape but apparently Trent Franks, the Republican Congressman out of Arizona, didn't get the memo.
The 2013 Lucero Family Picnic will be Aug. 10 at First Security Amphitheatre.
Undying Luv: The Bushy Memorial Party is Friday at Revolution.
Arkansas Attorney Gen. Dustin McDaniel has scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. today at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, with ADEQ Director Theresa Marks and U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer in attendance.
New gallery on Clinton Avenue.
Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford anticipates that Planned Parenthood will eventually be approved to provide outreach workers to help people newly eligible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act navigate the system and get enrolled.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer have filed a joint complaint against ExxonMobil seeking civil penalties.
Cory Branan plays at White Water Tavern Friday.
Here are some photos from Thunder on the Mountain, which is about as different from Wakarusa as one could imagine.
We wondered yesterday whether Americans for Prosperity would get involved with the effort to bring a referendum on the "private option" for Medicaid expansion to the ballot in 2014.
Less than an hour after this morning's post on the contract for Planned Parenthood to hire outreach guides for the healthcare exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act — in which Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford expressed confidence that approval would come if the contract was "perfected" to define a "clear scope of work" — Rep. David Meeks tweeted in response: "unacceptable."
"Avenue Q" runs through June 30 at Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
Gallery 221, in the Pyramid Place at Second and Center streets, has opened a new gallery on the second floor, the Gino Hollander Gallery.
A sampler stitched in 1828 by a young Cherokee girl at Dwight Mission is one of the objects going on exhibit.
A survey by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, N.C, found support among a majority of Arkansans for the immigration bill now being debated in the U.S. Senate.
The line is open. Closing out...
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has reworked its proposal for an affiliation with St. Vincent Infirmary that would create a new entity for shared services but drop the single management structure.
Arkansas actor Wes Bentley has been cast in the starring role in the HBO pilot "Open" that Ryan Murphy ("Glee," "American Horror Story") is executive producing.
The Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) joint subcommittee met earlier today, with a good chunk of attention devoted to the outreach workers that will be hired as part of the Affordable Care Act, known as “guides.” One thing is clear: Republican lawmakers opposed to the ACA are going to raise a fuss about the guides every chance they get.
Sen. Mark Pryor is still being relatively cagey, natch, but he told the Wall Street Journal that his "inclination is to vote for the [immigration reform] legislation."
Twista performs at Discovery Nightclub Saturday.
The National Rifle Association will run 60-second radio ads over the next two weeks defending Sen. Mark Pryor against the ads from New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg criticizing Pryor for being weak on gun control.
Feedback with us and tell us where you're eating this week.
John McAteer and The Gentlemen Firesnakes play Saturday at Vino's.
Lamar Porter Field hosts MLB Hall-of-Famer Brooks Robinson Saturday.
Arkansas Cooks sits down with Liz Sanders of the Bernice Garden to talk farmers markets, local growers, and community.
Tinkerfest is Saturday at the Museum of Discovery.
Project Pat performs at Juanita's Saturday night.
Larry Henry, the managing editor at KFSM 5News in Ft. Smith, tweeted this morning that Sue Evers, the woman police accuse of impersonating the bluegrass singer Alison Krauss as part of a scheme to bilk a lonely 75-year-old Northwest Arkansas man out of money and property, pled not guilty this morning in Washington County Circuit Court.
TobyMac performs at Magic Springs Saturday.
"Get a Simple Landscape" includes drawings about landscape as metaphor.
A Garland County sheriff's deputy was arrested last night on a federal warrant for enticing an individual to engage in prostitution, the U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge and the FBI just announced.
Their silverpoint drawings help Hearne Fine Art celebrate its silver anniversary.
The Arkansas United Community Coalition will hold a vigil at First United Methodist downtown on Friday evening, 7 p.m.
All the stops on tonight's gallery walk/trolley tour.
ExxonMobil claims that it shut down its Pegasus pipeline 16 minutes after it ruptured in Mayflower on March 29. That timeline is still under investigation, but even if ExxonMobil's contention is verified, it would still fall short of what a federally approved Emergency Response Plan required. The difference between how ExxonMobil responded and what was required could've meant as many as 10,000 more barrels (some 420,000 gallons) spilled
Motion would have given victims of sexual abuse an optional route to justice.
The latest in the Mayflower oil spill story; Mark Pryor, guns and immigration; a new petition to overturn the private option in Arkansas, and Arkansas Republican’s love affair with hating on Planned Parenthood — all covered on this week's edition.
Have at it.
A reader asks when the city Parks Department will fix the River Trail washout behind The Cliffs condominiums.
Democratic candidate for governor Mike Ross and Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor John Burkhalter will make a joint announcement at 4 p.m. "about the future of Arkansas."
Just heard some great singing from Butterfly & Irie Soul at Mosaic Templars' celebration of Juneteenth.
*PROJECT LOON: Internet-beaming, giant helium balloons: Google's plan to get the entire planet online. *DARR FOR THE COURSE: Our current lieutenant governor joins candidate Dianne Curry (that's two n's) in condemning John Burkhalter for not attending the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival.
Arkansas Democrats gathered Saturday night for their annual Jefferson-Jackson Day event. They raised $600,000 and heard former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm expand on the jobs theme candidates Mike Ross and John Burkhalter pushed earlier in the day.
Bob Dorough plays at The Afterthought Monday.
i'm slowly turning toward home and, now that I'm in London and no longer restricted by cruise ship Interet limitations, able to catch up on mail and newspapers.
Little Rock continues to surprise with its wonderful hidden gems, and the fudge shop inside the Crown Shop is no exception. It’s a small shop that’s probably not on most people’s radar for delightful sweet treats, but I’d definitely check them out next time you’ve got a hankering for fudge.
Gov. Mike Beebe summoned Department of Community Corrections Director David Eberhard to his office this morning after an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette story outlined the outrageous failure, with tragic results, to jail felon and parole absconder Darrell Dennis, who is being held in the May 10 kidnapping and murder of an 18-year-old Fayetteville man.
Hiring "navigators" and Planned Parenthood to help spend more of our Grandkid's money. #Obamacare #selfish— Jim Hendren (@JimHendren1) June 16, 2013 There is plenty of political profit for Republicans in slamming Planned Parenthood, so expect more of the above.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland — which serves patients in Arkansas as well as Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Iowa — sent the following responses to our questions on the Affordable Care Act's guides program.
Employees and former employees of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs have filed suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court alleging wage and hour violations at the now-closed Little Rock Veterans Home and the incident-plagued Fayetteville Veterans Home.
The ACLU of Arkansas has issued its 2013 legislative session summary, and it's not all bad, though bad bills were so bad that the good didn't really rise to the surface to buoy spirits.
Rep. Andrea Lea (R-Russellville) says she'll run for state auditor. Benton's Ken Yang is also running for the Republican nomination.
The June 19 episode of "Ghost Hunters" will include a house in Little Rock.
A new Cajun/Creole restaurant in WLR serves up delightful stews and gumbos. It's a spicy, saucy success.
Princeton student Cara McCollum, a Forrest City native, won the Miss New Jersey pageant over the weekend. She'll compete for the Miss America crown in September. McCollum's platform, youth literacy, isn't one that she arrived at overnight.
A man with a gun robbed one of three students sitting in front of the Kappa Sigma fraternity house at UALR last night, campus police report.
Josh Duggar — the eldest child of Michelle and Jim Bob — announced last night on Twitter that he's taken a job as the Executive Director of FRC Action, the Family Research Council's lobbying arm.
KUAR reports on Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr's visit to Mayflower, where he toured cleanup efforts with Mayor Randy Holland.
Don Bacigalupi has written a come-hither piece about the minimalist acquisition.
We noted yesterday that, as Republicans lob attacks on Planned Parenthood, Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford met with an official from the group on Friday to discuss their application to participate in the Affordable Care Act's "guides" program.
Little Rock School Board member Dianne Curry, who is running for lieutenant governor, said that current Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr was "using the misery of the people, the residents of Mayflower, Arkansas, to garner feel good press."
The jury has been seated in the trial of Josh Hastings, the former Little Rock Police Department officer charged with manslaughter for the August 2012 shooting death of a 15-year-old boy during a burglary call at a West Little Rock apartment complex.
Companion plays at Juanita's Thursday.
The MacArthur Museum of Military History hosts "The New 22" Thursday.
The Body plays at White Water Tavern Thursday.
Bluesboy Jag & The Jukejoint Zombies play at The Tavern Friday.
Canopy Climbers play at Revolution Saturday night.
Old Crow Medicine Show plays at Arkansas Music Pavilion Sunday