It's been a rocky two years at the Arkansas Lottery office.
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I'll check in on school elections tonight. There will be no numbers until 7:30 p.m., when the early voting is released.
Of course it's on video, the gunman's rampage in the Crawford County Courthouse in Van Buren.
Eureka Springs and Fountain Lake have won a preliminary round decision in their lawsuit to avoid turning over to the state excess money generated by the required 25-mill property tax.
This from The Atlantic is funny. Who does Mike Huckabee hate more — Mitt Romney or Rick Perry?
Aims for year-round programming.
Plus, the end is nigh for several UALR art exhibits.
Plus, Culture Shock: The '80s, Charlie Daniels Band, Three Dog Night and more.
Plus, Kevin Gordon, Arkansas Bo, women's tackle football tryouts and more.
Tax Collector Debra Buckner faces off with delinquents.
A city inspection of the Union Rescue Mission at 3000 Confederate Blvd., which the city has purchased for future use as a day resource center for the homeless, has turned up a number of code violations that needed immediate attention, officials confirmed.
Michael Nellums, the retired Mills High principal and Little Rock School Board member, is back at work. Nellums retired in June after 26 years in the teaching profession just a few steps ahead of completion of a Pulaski County School District investigation into his involvement in a plot to discredit a County School Board member.
Former University of Central Arkansas president Lu Hardin is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Sept. 26 after pleading guilty to wire fraud and money laundering in March.
At Taco Mama in Hot Springs.
Plus, competitive eater Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas and a new Honduran restaurant.
"City Hall has $22 million worth of leverage plus its zoning powers that can and should be used to influence CATPA to locate the research park at Ray Winder Field rather than disturb a stable neighborhood and further alienate persons of color and the less affluent."
One of the two major American political parties has been taken over by its most vicious and reckless element.
Unadmirable in the best of times, the Sebastian County legislative delegation has been showing out in particularly repellent fashion.
Lu Hardin didn't lack for salesmanship. He made friends in politics, press and the community. When his management deficiencies began to surface, his friends did not want to think the worst.
Dancers participate in a ceremony celebrating Mexico's 201st Independence Day this past Friday at the Clinton Center Park in Little Rock.
When the Republicans accuse President Obama of engaging in "class warfare" by seeking to tax millionaires and corporations that dodge taxes, they frame the coming election in exactly the terms that the president and the Democrats ought to demand.
Dialogue is good. It would be even better if someone would venture off script every once in a while.
Challis Muniz was vexed to see a made-up word like ginormous used by a member of the state Board of Education in a discussion of academic standards for the public schools.
It was a good week for the City of Little Rock, fall and cinephiles. It was a bad week for: Ernie Passailaigue, Denny Altes and the state's unemployed.
Plus, The Observer checks out Jeff Nichols' latest film "Take Shelter."
Songs on the money, but wanting for Cash.
Petrino goes into Bryant-Denny with an 0-3 record.
And we're paying for it.
The L.A. noir would be a stunner if not for all the gore.
Consider this a sort of application and resume.
A friend whose made one of his civic pursuits protection of the zoning plan that was supposed to protect the scenic Highway 10 corridor and prevent development of another Rodney Parham Road sends news of neighborhood activity on pending planning matters: * Neighborhood opposition has developed to a proposed development with offices and a Battery Outfitters retail store at 15104 Cantrell.
Chief Judge Larry Vaught of the Arkansas Court of Appeals says he has no plans to file a complaint with the state Ethics Commission over state Rep. Denny Altes' threatening remarks about holding up budgets on account of his unhappiness over unemployment benefits awarded to a former employee of his son's business.
David Barden and Ernestine Middleton, brought by Ernie Passailaigue from South Carolina for $225,000 jobs with the Arkansas lottery (hefty bumpers from the $133K and $144K they made previously) tell Stephens Media they like it here and hope to stay on despite the departure of their godfather this week.
Taxpayers have just given Little Rock City Hall a half-a-billion dollars (less tens of millions outsourced to the Chamber of Commerce and allies).
The Jonesboro Sun reports today that the Jonesboro Library bank account was hacked and $37,000 stolen.
First of a two-part report from New Jersey on the often poor performance of charter schools in New Jersey, though they're still being aggressively pushed by the Republican governor.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts an album release party for "True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax."
The latest installment of the Talk Business/Hendrix polling tested 2,100 voters for generic party preferences in state legislative races.
Expectant mothers, get to pushing. Your zero-year-old child could be the next Baby Miss or Mister Arkansas State Fair.
The commission that accredits zoos last week tabled accreditation of the Little Rock Zoo for a year because of financial concerns.
Thursday To-Do: 'Afrofuturism and the Politics of Possibility: Radical Social Love and the Career of Michael Jackson'
'AFROFUTURISM AND THE POLITICS OF POSSIBILITY: RADICAL SOCIAL LOVE AND THE CAREER OF MICHAEL JACKSON'2:40 p.m.
TIME Magazine columnist Joe Klein stops by the Clinton School of Public Service tonight.
The Cleverlys plays Stickyz Thursday night.
CULTURE SHOCK: THE '80S7 p.m. Arkansas Arts Center.
Program that will bring as many as 14,000 school children to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
ZOO BREW7 p.m. Little Rock Zoo.
Lakers forward Ron Artest, who recently changed his name to Metta World Peace (and got eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars"), has donated $50,000 to Little Rock nonprofit Centers for Youth and Families' UNITY Gang Prevention Program.
Flying aluminum birds and more to be unveiled.
Talking Points Memo: Ron Paul told TPM on Wednesday that even if there’s a “case or two” that makes Americans uncomfortable, the government should stay out of the health care business.
The State Hospital has received a consultant's reports on deficiencies at the hospital and recommendations for curing them.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays opening night at the Arkansas State Fair.
Remember the stories about the missing moonrock? It's been found in the collection of Bill Clinton gubernatorial papers and memorabilia.
Several people have quoted Elizabeth Warren already on her rejoinder to the class warfare clowns, but here's a video.
An article in today's Democrat-Gazette (pay wall) discussed the Little Rock Wasterwater Utility's indisputable need for a rate increase — and soon — to continue corrective work to stop pollution caused by sewer line overflows.
John Brummett explains how a fight over the Lake Maumelle watershed might play a role in deciding who's the next director of the Arkansas Lottery.
Legends Balloon Rally is this weekend at Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport.
State Rep. Jonathan Barnett of Siloam Springs is about to have a portion of U.S. Highway 412 named for him by the state Highway Commission.
Channel 7 reports that the White County Medical Center in Searcy has announced a new policy not to hire smokers.
Good dip and some great fries no one even knows about can be found at the recently moved restaurant best known not for its food but for its concerts.
Try real life, as lived by former reality TV characters.
Want a burger that tastes like it came off a backyard grill? You need to head to Arkadelphia.
The state medical examiner has officially found the manner of death of Dexter Williams of Maumelle "undetermined."
Arkadelphia Arts Center opens Oct. 11, Caddo River Art Guild has a home.
Ken Aden of Russellville, who's announced as a Democratic candidate to oppose Third District Republican Congressman Steve Womack, faces the steepest of hills and longest of odds.
Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland of Conway has asked the State Police to investigate the contract between the University of Central Arkansas and food service supplier Aramark.
Party starts at 5:30 p.m.
There's a boat race on the Arkansas River this evening.
Market crashes. President Obama throws in with the Waltons and other billionaires on education.
This is funny. But it's also symptomatic of how blindly and bloodily binary political warfare has become.
John Oates plays the UARK Bowl in Fayetteville Nov. 3.
Nobody cheered for the death of a terminally ill uninsured person during the televised Republican presidential debate last night.
The Little Rock sales tax increase included $22 million for a research park, established under legislation guided by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and to be run by the newly appointed Central Arkansas Technology Park Authority.
The 67 year old Springdale establishment is best known for its pan-fried chicken. But the pies they turn out are absolutely diner-ific.
Stephens Media reports that the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division has approved 50 of 64 applications by Dollar General to sell beer at its retail stores.
2ND ANNUAL WORLD CHEESE DIP CHAMPIONSHIP1 p.m. War Memorial Stadium.
Bigfoot is among the topics that will be discussed at the 2011 Paranormal Expo.
Overdrive, the digital lending system the Central Arkansas Library System and Laman Library both use, now supports Kindle Books.
The rise and fall of Ernie Passailaigue and the two-year anniversary of the Arkansas Lottery, the continuing fallout surrounding the Aramark contract at UCA and presidential politics are this week's topics.
The Walton Family Foundation announced today that it had given an additional $403 million this year to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville for acquisitions, construction costs and other expenses.
Ugh, they're making a porn version of "True Grit."
I got an inquiry from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals several weeks ago, but missed that they'd finally issued a news release critical of the syndicated TV show scheduled to begin Monday featuring former Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn of Fayetteville.
Interesting article in USA Today on the ways in which state legislators around the country have found ways to inflate their pensions, often without notice by the taxpaying public.
Runaway Planet celebrates its 10th anniversary tonight at White Water Tavern.
Here it is again: The Walton Family Foundation reveals that it donated more than $1.2 billion to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2010.
The Big Dam Bridge 100 bicycle race is Saturday.
New gallery has formal grand opening tonight 6-9 p.m.
The line is open. I'm closing shop.
Chalk art event at the Clinton Presidential Park.
Pervez Musharraf will be coming to Little Rock next month. The retired four-star general and former president of Pakistan will be at the Clinton School of Public Service Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.
Looking for something to do before 2:30 p.m. besides heating up the cheese dip? You might want to consider "The Art of the Brick," a new exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center featuring Nathan Sawaya's Lego sculptures.
Time magazine's Joe Klein passed through Arkansas recently and his stops included a visit in Conway, with produced a post on the Swampland blog.
You'd think there'd be ample running room for Democratic congressional candidates in 2012. Republicans would deny disaster victims aids if other worthy programs, including jobs-friendly programs, don't suffer first.
The right-wing punditocracy has declared Rick Perry's last debate performance a disaster (a declaration that may or may not resonate with the average Tea Party Republican voter).
The Dallas Cowboys (aka Jerry Jones and Co.) has a new merchandising arm to sell clothing with college logos — USC and Ohio State seem to be early examples.
Early start. There are other pressing matters.
Surprise! One of Argenta's newest restaurants will represent Arkansas at the New Orleans Roadfood Festival come March, while a Mexican wrestling-themed team takes home top amateur honors.
An age-old Arkansas political debate is about to play out: Should the next director of the Arkansas Lottery come from in-state or out-of state.
Who knew? Arizona has been firing teachers because of heavy Latino accents.
Meet Marvin Windows and Doors, a privately held company that is refusing to lay off workers in the face of a nasty economic downturn that has hit the building industry particularly hard.
The Pulaski County Planning Board will hold a public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court has blurred lines so much already that controls on campaign finance have become next to meaningless.
Got anything? Not me, except: * SHERWOOD HOMICIDE: Sherwood police report the discovery of a dead 46-year-old woman in the Links Apartments on Kiehl today.
Here's a suggestion for Sheffield Nelson, the former gas company executive who's been born again as a tax-and-spend crusader.
The New York Times reports on Pennsylvania flood victims unhappy that FEMA disaster aid is running low and replenishment is threatened by Congress.
The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is talking about easing the term limits provision of the Arkansas Constitution.
Federal Judge James Moody this morning sentenced Lu Hardin, the former president of the University of Central Arkansas, to five years probation for his guilty plea to wire fraud and money laundering. He declined to impose a 9- to 12-month sentence recommended by federal court sentencing guidelines.
Kaiser Health News has begun a series of articles that will be of interest here.
Huffington Post has an item on a Roger Ailes interview with Newsweek in which he claims Fox News, which he leads, is on a "course correction."
Remember Andrew Rhew, the state trooper who was reinstated after being fired for failure to run emergency lights and sirens before a high-speed crash killed an Arkansas motorist?
It's Monday, but don't let it get you down.
Fox 16 reports Michael Wyatt of Vilonia has been arrested on two misdemeanor counts for allegedly asking to suck two women's toes.
New York magazine critic David Edelstein is way high on Jeff Nichols' new one, tentatively slated to open in Arkansas on Oct. 28.
The Arkansas Public Law Center, a fairly new nonprofit group, filed suit today in Circuit Court challenging the Arkansas legislative reimbursement scheme.
The state courts are suddenly facing a financial crisis and the state judges will meet Friday to try to figure out ways to deal with it.
The line is open. You're up.
Whoa. Little Rock director Jeff Nichols has added some serious weight to the cast of "MUD," which, as we've said, started shooting on Monday.
The New York Times today reports gloomy news for the nation's cities, battered by declining property values (source of property taxes) and also sales tax revenues hit by the Internet and the recession.
The sorry state of the Republican presidential field is cable shoutfest buzz of the day.
An audit committee appointed by the University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees to review negotiations between UCA and Aramark on a new food service contract voted today to halt its review in light of the local prosecutor's referral of the issue to the State Police.
Ernest Dumas explains again this week how the health care reform law is already producing benefits and how Republicans have nothing to say in rebuttal, except lies.
Glenn Sugamelli, who follows federal judicial nominations for Judging the Environment, sends word that some of the U.S. Senate logjam on judicial confirmations has been broken and that this should be good news for Circuit Judge Susan Hickey of El Dorado, who's been recommended for confirmation to a judgeship in the western district of Arkansas.
Here's one blogger's solution to the uninspiring presidential candidates — Draft The Huckster. It's being passed around a bit by other Huckabee fans.
The U.S. Labor Department has granted $14.7 million to Arkansas's two-year colleges to speed up degree and certificate completion and better tailor training to job needs.
Roby Brock passes along an early report on monthly housing sale figures that sales were up in August over August 2010 in the important Central Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas regions, but prices were down.
Photography show at Arkansas Tech University, Russellville.
Is it the Reuben? The Garden? A cornbread sandwich or what? Weigh in on what you think.
Gov. Mike Beebe today named his deputy chief of staff Grant Tennille as interim director of the Arkanas Economic Development Commission, succeeding the late Maria Haley.
Conservative Republicans are stirring up an old battle about replacing the paper dollar bill with a dollar coin, pretty much a flop to date.
Elliot Yamin plays Juanita's tonight.
There are several items being auctioned today and tomorrow in New York that would look good at Crystal Bridges.
Vince Insalaco is the winner of the Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award and John Gaudin the winner of the Governor's Arts Community Development Award.
Richard Buckner plays Stickyz Wednesday night.