Critics say farm was carelessly approved and threatens watershed and community. Farmers say they followed law and permit protects environment.
Vol 39 • No 50
Kirsten Dunst will play the female lead in "Midnight Special," the next project for Little Rock native Jeff Nichols, whose last film Mud was a sleeper hit.
Republican Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville apparently has firmly announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor.
A word of warning to motorists: The State Police has purchased 24 "low profile" patrol cars for use in highway patrol around the state — two for each of the 12 troops.
Republican Rep. Tom Cotton has made it clear that he'd rather see government shut down than vote for a budget that included the Affordable Care Act.
More than 100 restaurants are offering specials during August, Little Rock Restaurant Month
A man wearing dreadlocks (something of a trend in recent robberies) robbed the Metropolitan National Bank branch on Camp Robinson Road in Levy this morning.
Dine at a discount in downtown NLR.
The Washington Post and NPR call it a classic.
With Tanarah Haynie of Tanarah Luxe Floral.
The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Security Agencies decided today to follow the legal advice of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
As the faithful count days to football season, it might not be the perfect time to recall the tough times that some encounter after gridiron glory.
Benji Hardy at the Arkansas Legislative Digest focuses on something you might have overlooked: Attorney General Eric Holder singled out Arkansas for praise in speech about changing federal drug sentencing guidelines to reduce prison population.
U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge has announced a guilty plea by a member of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries for transporting his 13-year-old stepdaughter from Oklahoma to Fort Smith to have sex with her in a van in a mechanic's shop.
Tomorrow is the deadline for submitting petitions to call a statewide referendum on the 2013 Arkansas legislature's approval of the Obamacare-provided Medicaid expansion under a hybrid "private option" scheme.
The line is open. Final words: * NEWT GINGRICH GETS IT RIGHT: How about this?
The board of the Little Rock Technology Park Authority is meeting today. One item is a deadline for site selection for the train wreck of a $22 million city taxpayer-funded venture that doesn't yet know what it will be, where it will be or where any of the rest of the necessary money will come from.
Rep. Tim Griffin continued his unlikely run as a champion of public pipeline scrutiny by releasing key documents about ExxonMobil’s faulty Pegasus pipeline. The Republican’s website today posted three reports.
Bobby Osborne performs Saturday at The Auditorium in Eureka Springs.
Whale Fire plays at The Joint Thursday.
Also, the Eureka Springs Blues Festival, Foul Play Cabaret and The Frontier Circus, Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition, Joseph Israel at Stickyz and Young Joc at Discovery.
Plus, Mulehead does White Water Tavern.
The annual female impersonation event returns to the Argenta Community Theater.
Did quick response on the day of the Mayflower spill keep oil from reaching the main body of Lake Conway?
ADEQ says yes. A lakeside resident is skeptical.
"News just broke that Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan snuck off to the Koch brothers' infamous secret gathering of right-wing millionaires."
The latest Walton fortune-funded attack on the Little Rock School District would create a neighborhood charter middle school in majority-white upscale West Little Rock.
Sen. Mark Pryor did something last week that no prominent Democrat in this state today dares to do. He defended the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the hated "Obamacare," and said he was quite proud to have voted for it.
So what's it going to be for GOP hotheads in Congress this fall? A soul-satisfying episode of adolescent nihilism culminating in a government shutdown and yet another debt/default scare? Or an abject capitulation to political (and fiscal) reality and an acceptance of the Republican Party's role as the loyal opposition?
It's appropriate that the Supreme Court's decisions in the marriage equality cases — the cases evaluating the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 — came just days before the nation commemorated the 150th anniversaries of the irreversible Battles of Vicksburg and Gettysburg. In the war to obtain full marriage equality in the United States, it is the summer of 1863.
The Observer called UCA on a tip the other day and learned that Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three will be coming there on Nov. 11-12 to speak and to teach a mini-class with their crop of eager young creative writing students, quick as a whip with a metaphor.
'Elysium' lays it on thick.
Last week, we suggested in this space that Arkansas would be buoyed by raw exuberance of a new regime and the fortuitous structure of the schedule to bolt out to a 4-0 start in 2013. The second third of the campaign promises to be substantially more daunting, but there are caveats.
Q. If the "brain-eating parasite" that has made the Benton child so sick is common, why don't more people have it? Should I be careful swimming in Arkansas's lakes and streams? Why did she survive when so few do?
It was also a good week for owning Obamacare, Kali Hardig and special chickens. It was a bad week for Secretary of State Mark Martin and school choice.
"Mariah White says it takes about an hour of milking between the two cows to produce their combined 10 to 11 gallons a day. That doesn't include the time they spend cleaning the cows' utters and sterilizing milk jugs."
Clay Wells submitted this photo of the Triple Falls in Buffalo National River Wilderness Area near Jasper to our Eye On Arkansas Flickr group.
Service, new menu disappoint.
Wally Hall, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports editor and lead sports columnist, criticized the Razorbacks today and the criticism was well-placed.
Republicans are attempting to cover Secretary of State Mark Martin's blatant disregard of the law on use of the attorney general's office for legal representation by pointing to similar disregard by others, namely the Highway and Transportation Department.
Trampled Under Foot performs at Stickyz Friday.
Channel 4 reports that the motorist killed by a gunshot from a passing vehicle near McCain and JFK in North Little Rock last night has been identified as Samantha Cass, 31, of North Little Rock.
Cheryl Maples, the lawyer for a group of plaintiffs challenging the state law and constitutional prohibitions on same-sex marriage, had filed a motion seeking an injuction to stop enforcement of the law.
The Walton Arts Center has added Willie Nelson & Family to its winter performance lineup.
The state Board of Education had a busy day Monday hearing a long list of appeals of denials of school district transfers under the 2013 "school choice" law.
Things are slow and this is one of the best things I've watched on the web in a while.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department sent a reminder that a new law takes effect tomorrow that requires drivers to move over for more than police, fire and medical vehicles.
As noted on John Brummett's blog yesterday, Gov. Mike Beebe plans to proceed with a request for legislative approval to spend $250,000 in rainy day funds on testing and monitoring at the C&H hog farm in Mt. Judea.
YouTube is the best.
Leading the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, "synthesizes all of my interests and passions," Warwick Sabin said today by phone. After five and a half years as publisher of the Oxford American, he said the timing was right for him to leave and that he was confident he was leaving the magazine on good footing.
The line is open. I'm checking out early so I can get to the beauty parlor before the first event of the new Arkansas Times' membership, chowder and marching society.
From the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Work from UALR's permanent collection.
Our January 1991 cover featured the New Kids on the Block, examining who might have the Right Stuff among the freshmen in the Arkansas ledge.
The Foul Play Cabaret performs Friday at Maxine's.
Jimbo Mathus performs at White Water Tavern Friday.
Another link in a proliferating list of websites devoted to life in Saline County. You know, the place where Little Rock workers flee to avoid the criminal element.
The state Ethics Commission meets this morning and business includes likely action on the investigation of campaign reporting violations by Sen. Paul Bookout, a Jonesboro Democrat.
Coco Jones performs at Magic Springs Saturday.
Vince Gill headlines the Johnny Cash Music Festival.
Joseph Israel performs Saturday at Stickyz.
Deadstring Brothers perform at Maxine's Saturday.
Yung Joc performs at Discovery Saturday night.
If a "Million Muslim March" is allowed in our nation's capital on 9/11 - we are truly beyond help.
Time for your favorite feature of the week. So tell us what you are eating this week, we’d love to hear about it.
The state Board of Education again today denied all appeals of school districts' decisions not to grant interdistrict transfers.
Gov. Mike Beebe’s decision to pursue the use of rainy day funds to establish additional testing and monitoring at C&H hog farm raises an obvious question.
Somewhat overlooked in the recent setback of a plan by the Clarksville School District to put 20 staff members with concealed weapons in its schools, including a kindergarten teacher, has been the lack of widespread school interest in arming school staff, beyond existing resource offices from law agencies.
For all seeking to channel their inner Kelly Clarkson, this Saturday brings a chance to audition for the 13th (!)
North Little Rock police today released a photo taken from a surveillance camera that they believe is the vehicle from which a gunshot was fired that killed Samantha Olson, 31, as she was driving at JFK and McCain Boulevards.
KNWA TV reports on a Bethel Heights police officer's allegation that he has the police chief on tape coaching him on ways to increase the number of traffic tickets he writes.
I mentioned recently the New York Times' extensive report on finance and leadership of the Clinton Foundation, whose worldwide activities include Little Rock operations.
The exhibit of paintings by Eric Forstmann and origami by Akeen McDaniel, 18, is the offering tonight at the Thea Foundation, 401 Main St., for Argenta ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m.
Sen. Paul Bookout filed late today a batch of amended campaign finance reports today at the secretary of state's office to more accurately and legally report how he spent the $80,000 he raised for an unopposed campaign.
Arming school teachers, Mark Martin’s legal troubles, Paul Bookout’s ethical troubles, the failure of an effort to repeal the implementation of Obamacare in Arkansas, a legal development in one of the lawsuits challenging the state’s ban on same sex marriage, new Tech park proposals and Warwick Sabin's new position encouraging entrepreneurship -- all covered on this week's edition.
The line is open. Final notes: * GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Don't believe many Republicans aren't serious about shutting down federal government rather than allowing Obamacare to go forward.
Up in Fayetteville, Three Days Grace, Hinder and Otherwise perform at the Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $32-$37.
Gotta love Tom Cotton Tweeting from Israel about Obamacare while he's shaking right-wing bushes in Israel for major cash to run against U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.
Breakfast? Well, if I can work some in after going to the gym, maybe blueberries and some low-fat yogurt.
Here's a feel-good story from Stephens Media. (Unless you are Tom Cotton, Tim Griffin or any of the other Arkansas Republicans who think the only solution to immigration reform is to send 11 million people back where they came from — no "amnesty.") Nearly 2,800 young people from Arkansas have been granted deportation relief and given work permits under a program launched a year ago by President Barack Obama.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross told it straight to Political Animals yesterday about Republican Asa Hutchinson's grand talk of reducing, even eliminating, the income tax.
The line is open on another crazily mild August day. Final notes: * SECURITY IN FAULKNER COUNTY: Before Sheriff Andy Shock spends too much time arming up rural school administrators in Faulkner County with guns for security purposes, he might need to do a security audit at the Faulkner County jail.
Twitter brought me this link this morning and it's full of facts that might surprise you.
Context: Hutchinson has an infamous nephew, also an Arkansas senator, Jeremy Hutchinson, who rushed to claim a tempestuous girlfriend took advantage of him and took his campaign money for her personal use in violation of the law.
The wire artist studied under Buckminster Fuller after her release from the Arkansas camp.
Downtown eatery serves up high-end Southern and some fantastic dessert.
Here's some fresh digital scratch paper. Nothing to report here.
Vince Gill headlined the Johnny Cash Music Festival.
Gun zealots are ramping up their effort to force something definitive on their belief that the Arkansas legislature legalized open carry of weapons — anywhere, anytime — in Arkansas.
Peter Urban of the Stephens Washington Bureau has examined U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's voting record after less than a year in the House and finds it as striking as you might imagine.
The headline expresses Paul Krugman's opinion in a column today. Hard to quarrel that the basics are simple.
News release just arrived from a third Republican candidate for 4th District Congress, where Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and state Rep. Bruce Westerman have already announced candidacies to succeed Rep. Tom Cotton, seeking to move up to Senate after only seven months on the job.
MC Chris performs at Juanita's Tuesday.
I received this morning a copy of the letter sent by federal judges to congressional leadership about the impact of the federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
The Arkansas unemployment rate rose to 7.4 percent in July, up from 7.3 the month before.
President Obama's health care legislation seems likely to be with us as the defining political topic until November 2014 at least.
Politico has a profile up on U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, the lone Democrat standing in the Arkansas congressional delegation in a state with a demonstrated antipathy toward President Obama.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel was among the panelists today on the Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio for a discussion of oil spills in Michigan and Mayflower, Ark.
It took the Internet a year to turn this into a meme, but it was worth the wait.
The Fayetteville-based art collective Art Amiss, in collaboration with KXUA 88.3 FM and the Plastic Magic radio show, is releasing a compilation of 11 tracks of early '90s Arkansas rock bands.
This may be old news to Hogoholics, but searching for some information on a rumor about a splashy new acquisition for the University of Arkansas athletic department's use, I breezed through the Razorback Foundation website and found a news release recently on the new Priority Points Program.
If you care at all about the environment, you know that we can't go on like this forever.
Jessica Dean, the TV anchor who's spent her last three years at Channel 4, is heading up east.
If labor unions can't have a little class warfare sport with the Walton family — billionaires dedicated in their loathing of labor unions — what's the point in organizing at all?
The state Ethics Commission has issued its formal letter reprimanding Sen. Paul Bookout, a Jonesboro Democrat, for four violations of campaign finance law.
The line is open. What better way to end the day than with a video by one of two Arkansans who'll be competing for Miss America this year?
More news on the Paul Bookout front: STATEMENT OF PROSECUTING ATTORNEY SCOTT ELLINGTON IN RE: ETHICS INVESTIGATION OF STATE SEN. PAUL BOOKOUT “After spending much of the day in court and also reviewing this matter, I am requesting that Bob McMahan, the Arkansas Prosecutor Coordinator, nominate a special prosecutor to be appointed by the court to further review the Ethics Commission’s findings and determine whether a criminal investigation should be conducted.
I mentioned earlier that I'd been tracking a report of a new purchase by the Razorback Foundation, which has lately begun "improving" its program to build assets through premium charges on seats at Hog athletic events.
Two news articles pop out this morning. Bros. Rapert and Bell and Co. are available to dispute them.
Here's what happens when you beggar government and don't make industry pay for the damage it causes.
Ernest Dumas this week says that, despite the Tea Party noise, there's little chance Congress will repeal Obamacare, no matter how often Tom Cotton and his Republican House colleagues vote to do so.
The Little Rock police department reports that a Faulkner County jail escapee is believed responsible for a carjacking about 7 a.m.
Here's a timely item from the Huffington Post that puts a human (and Republican) face on the benefits of Obamacare that Ernie Dumas outlined earlier today.
Blue Hog Report has a powerful piece of reporting out today on another case of questionable campaign account spending.
The Magnolia Reporter sends along an interesting link to a story about how GateHouse Media, a New York company that operates more than 300 newspapers in 21 states, is opening a "Center for News and Design" in Austin, Texas, to consolidate much of the editing and production for its newspapers in one place.
Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce today ordered the former owners of Adoption Advantage, a defunct adoptioni agency, to pay $1.2 million in restitution to defrauded potential parents and penalties and ordered them to conduct no business in Arkansas.
KARK, Channel 4 has announced new anchors, including a replacement for Jessica Dean, who's off to Philadelphia.
State and defense object to Judge Griffen's orders in Josh Hastings retrial; defense calls for him to get off case
Judge Wendell Griffen's decision to inject himself forcefully into jury selection in the manslaughter retrial of former police officer Josh Hastings and to lecture parties on "cultural competence" has drawn objections from both the defense and the Pulaski prosecuting attorney's office.
I'm leaving it all up to you, to quote a swamp pop standard of my youth.
Circuit Judge Brent Davis of Jonesboro signed an order today naming Jack McQuary as special prosecutor in the case of Sen. Paul Bookout, cited by the Ethics Commission for violation of four campaign finance laws.