Research shows Arkansas schools punish African-American students more frequently and more harshly than their white peers.
Implicit BiasSeptember 29, 2016
Vol 43 • No 4
Donald Trump would hate El Paisano.
Also, Boom Kinetic plays at Revolution.
Congressional Republicans and Democrats staged a rousing display of rage against the CEO whose company gouged a fortune from families whose kids and sometimes grownups need the lifesaving properties of the drug EpiPen.
Arkansas needed to beat Texas A&M. That's it. Sometimes perfunctory is poetry.
Ahead of a "pop-up" show scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, at Capitol View Studio
Also, TEDx Markham Street, 'Black Lives Matter in the Media' with Shaun King at Philander Smith, 'Hamilton's America' at Pulaski Tech, Elisso Bolkvadze at the Clinton Presidential Center.
The Broadway Bridge was closed to traffic on Wednesday to allow its demolition and replacement by a new bridge. The so-called "basket-handle arches" being assembled in the Arkansas River are part of the new span, which is projected to be complete by March 2017.
NWA center looks to the future with census, outreach and more.
Also, an arrest and an apology, squeezing mental health care, hate winning in Bentonville and more.
Nate Looney vs. Rep. Brandt Smith for District 58.
Today's subject: lack of accountability at state universities.
The Observer is a known and incorrigible haunter of thrift stores. Some weekends, with Spouse in tow, we'll make the rounds of every Goodwill store in three counties, driving them on a carefully pre-planned circuit so we can stop midway and get coffee at our favorite little place.
Antoine Fuqua's remake formulaic, but still a crowd-pleaser.
In my experience John Walker has always been the perfect gentleman that you do not want to mess with. He's a bulldog, and will not let a real or perceived wrong go unpunished.
The Hutchinson administration push to cut Medicaid reimbursement for mental health treatment, thought to have been settled last week, is back on the Legislative Council agenda Friday.
This is big news: The Obama administration has moved to bar nursing homes that get Medicare and Medicaid money from requiring that residents resolve disputes in arbitration rather than court.
KAIT-TV reports that Democratic Sen. David Burnett has amended campaign finance reports to refund some $2,700 in contributions that came from seven corporate contributors, now prohibited by a constitutional amendment.
Little Rock police found a dead man in the street near 26th and Elm about 11:20 p.m. last night. He'd been shot in the right side of his face.
The contractor wasted no time after yesterday's closure to start the demolition of the Broadway Bridge.
The location of a U.S. Senate debate at noon Friday in Little Rock has changed from Philander Smith College to Arkansas Baptist College in its Old Main auditorium.
Tom Cotton, who knows everything, is now pronouncing on the superiority of Norwegian immigration policy over that in Sweden. Some Swedes aren't impressed by Arkansas's junior senator.
Circuit Judge Dennis Sutterfield today denied a challenge to the method being used to fill a vacancy in nomination for a state House seat.
Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley's office today filed notice in district court that it would not prosecute misdemeanor obstruction charges against state Rep. John Walker, 79, and a legal colleague, Omavi Kushukuru, 29, filed after Walker angered officers by filming a traffic stop.
The Thursday open line, plus a video news roundup.
The arrest of state Rep. John Walker, some potentially bad news for nursing home operators in Arkansas, Leslie Rutledge’s very bad week and hard line Tom Cotton — all covered on this week's podcast.
A federal judge has broadened her order prohibiting the state from stopping federal Medicaid funding for health services provided by Planned Parenthood. The governor ordered a halt to the funding, despite contrary federal law, because he doesn't like that Planned Parenthood provides abortions.
John Walker, the 79-year-old civil rights lawyer, and his associate, Omavi Shukur, 29, a young lawyer devoted to criminal justice reform, talked to press this afternoon about their arrests Monday by Little Rock police for supposedly obstructing governmental operations in observing and attempting to film a routine police traffic stop. It was a tutorial on sharp views of race, class and governance in Little Rock.
Marci Manley did some fine reporting for KARK last night on how the nursing home industry in Arkansas employed staff to round up signatures from patient/residents for the amendment to limits lawsuits against nursing homes.
Tom Courtway, president of the University of Central Arkansas, has invited all on campus to a so-called forum on medical marijuana. Missing from the discussion: Advocates of ballot propositions on the issue.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge doesn't have time to look into some important consumer issues in Arkansas, but she is busy intervening in lawsuits around the country on pet Republican issues such as discrimination against gay people.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is at it again this morning, attempting on CNN and MSNBC to defend Donald Trump against the indefensible.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson called in press this morning to announce an interagency committee to share information about the Buffalo River.
Civil rights lawyer John Walker indicated Thursday that he's not ready to let go of a lawsuit over the state takeover of the Little Rock School District, despite an adverse ruling this week.
John Walker Jr. and his Jerky's Chicken restaurant has defeated an effort by his landlord to evict the restaurant from 521 Center Street.
For the second time, a judicial regulatory body has ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore from the bench, this time for urging defiance of federal court rulings on same-sex marriage.
Picture of Democrat Conner Eldridge and Libertarian Frank Gilbert at Arkansas Baptist College worth at least seven words: Republican Sen. John Boozman dodged another debate.
I'm shy of details save the essential one: An effort to expunge the vote on a rule that will cut Medicaid funding for mental health centers failed at the Legislative Council today. An extraordinary vote was needed and it wasn't there.
Another week done. Here's an open line and the daily video.
A water main near Markham and Schiller, just north up a hill from West Third Street just west of the railroad viaduct near the Capitol, burst about 7:30 a.m. this morning.
UPDATE: One person, not two, died in separate shootings Friday night at 22nd and Oak and 13th and Rice. The police had originally listed one dead at each location.
Arkansas seems likely to be called out officially soon for its efforts to legalize discrimination against LGBT people.
Brian Chilson sent me yesterday another round of photos of the Broadway Bridge demolition and I realized I have a streak of Maynard G. Krebs in me.
Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to the New York Times yesterday in which he declared open season on the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton's past infidelity. Seems like a loser, but I've been wrong before.
The open line includes news of a hiking death at Mount Nebo and a new ranking that says Little Rock is the 8th most dangerous city in the country.
The Correction Department hasn't said much about it, but the State Police have issued a summary about a day-long standoff with a guard at a prison unit in Dermott on Saturday.
Under pressure, the Dover School District has finally ended the unconstitutional practice of a sanctioned prayer at football games. Bro. Jason Rapert is NOT happy.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett, in the course of panning Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's disastrous appearances last week as a TV apologist for Donald Trump's misogyny, trumped his story line with a nightmare s
Donald Trump's tax return, a new Trump charge against Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin's splendid portrayal of Trump top the presidential campaign talking points today.
The State Police reported two vehicle crashes, one deadly, a result of a police chase that began in Kennett, Mo., and ended in Paragould, a distance of more than 30 miles.
Here's the Sunday night open line. I've included some video, done by shaky hand-held iPhone, during a reunion Saturday night at the Darragh Center of former employees of the Arkansas Gazette, which closed 25 years ago this month. David Pryor gave an eloquent talk on Arkansas newspapers
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has a countdown clock running on the 180-day period in which a contractor, it is hoped, will replace and reopen the Broadway Bridge.
The Center for Public Integrity and the Washington Post have combined for a report on how the insurance industry lavishes junkets and entertainment on insurance commissioners and how often insurance commissioners transition from state jobs to fatter jobs working for insurance companies. An Arkansas example leads the reporting.
Two related Little Rock companies announced today a $6.4 million expansion that will create 43 more jobs.
Stuttgart Police Sgt. Seneca Thornton, 36, was hit by a vehicle while making a traffic stop on the southern edge of Humphrey on U.S. Highway 79. Thornton was working part-time for the city of Humphrey.
The Arkansas Landlords Association, in a news release distributed by Jon Gilmore, a former staff member for Gov. Asa Hutchinson, has announced opposition to the medical marijuana initiatives because they could force landlords to rent to people who use marijuana.
Today's the day for demolition at the IHOP at Markham and University, a late-night stop for me as early as 1973. They'll be replacing it with an updated version of the chain eatery
Donald Trump has done it again — made a gravely tone-deaf remark about veterans.
Here's the open line and the video roundup.
F3 Velo LLC, a newly incorporated Little Rock business, has partnered with Spokes Little Rock bicycle shop in two ventures that will offer a jolt for cyclists and others: A coffee bar in Spokes at 1001 Kavanaugh Blvd. (at Stifft Station) that will take up a third of the shop after a remodel, and a cafe and coffee bar at 1509 Rebsamen Park Road, in the building formerly owned by Marshall Clements.
Special Master John Jennings, appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court to review sufficiency of signatures on petitions to put a casino amendment on the ballot has found shortcomings in the signatures .
KARK was on hand Monday night when City Director Kenneth Richardson made sharp remarks in the aftermath of police arrests of civil rights lawyers John Walker and Omavy Shukur following their efforts to film a police arrest.
State Rep. Kim Hammer, a Benton Republican, announced last night that he'd be a candidate for state Senate in 2018 against incumbent Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, who lives in western Little Rock.
The monthly report on state tax take continues to reflect a lack of growth.
Ernest Dumas' column this week muses on Donald Trump's vow to make the race about Bill Clinton's history despite the fact that Trump is "the most debauched political candidate in the history of public licentiousness."
Odds of the casino amendment making the ballot look longer after yesterday's finding by a special master that petition signatures fell short, but here's something you can bet on: If the campaign by casino opponents must continue, it will never again include Razorback logos.
The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work one justice short because of the unprecedented roadblock Republican senators have thrown up to considering President Obama's nomination of the thoroughly uncontroversial Merrick Garland to fill the late Antonin Scalia chair.
Victim fleeing sexual assault gets burned at power station and that leads to six-hour power outage in western Little Rock
UPDATE: A six-hour power outage in western Little Rock this morning is being linked by police to a woman's attempt to escape a rapist in a power substation, where she was shocked and burned.
No, despite many reports to the contrary, Bill Clinton did not say in a speech that Obamacare is the craziest thing in the world. There are crazy problems that need fixing, but he is not calling for an end to Obamacare.
The open line and video report.
New music from Mainland Divide, Minor Arcs, Yuni Wa and Fidel Castrato.
The U.S. attorney's office says another person has pleaded to defrauding a federally financed program to provide meals to poor children.
CNN's polling gave Republican Mike Pence a 48-42 win over Democrat Tim Kaine in the presidential debate last night and the figures indicated that he won that sample more on likability, not facts.
Channel 4's Marci Manley has delved into a familiar topic here — the amount of money spent by the nursing home industry to elect friendly justices to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
40/29 reports that a scooter driver was fatally shot Tuesday night by Springdale police after he pulled a pistol during a traffic stop and fired at officers.
A team led by Sue Griffin of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has won a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Institutes of health to study cause and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
Two members of the Pulaski County Quorum Court have sent a letter to County Judge Barry Hyde raising questions about the consolidation of hot check cases in a district court in Sherwood, an operation that has been equated to a debtors' prison by a sprawling class action lawsuit filed in cooperation with the ACLU.
Join us on the Arkansas Times Blues Bus as we travel to Helena-West Helena to hear featured headliner Charlie Musselwhite ("Gone Too Long") as well as the Charles Wilson Band, Toronzo Cannon, and other awesome acts all day long on multiple stages.
They'll be dropping live turkeys out of an airplane over Yellville again this Friday and Saturday at Yellville's Turkey Trot Festival. Some people find this funny. The turkeys probably don't.
Both sides will be heard in a Northwest Arkansas forum on medical marijuana, a sharp departure from the one-sided anti-marijuana event staged at UCA recently.
Colby Frazier of the Salt Lake City Weekly has written this week about one of his periodic visits with Rolf Kaestel, an Arkansas prison inmate sent to Utah for never-explained reasons, who's spent 35 years behind bars for robbing $264 from a Fort Smith taco stand in 1981. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has made sure Kaestel can't seek clemency again until he's in his 70s.
Opponents of the proposed constitutional amendment to insulate nursing homes against damage lawsuits filed today their brief with the Arkansas Supreme Court arguing that the sponsors had failed to gather enough valid signatures of registered voters to make the ballot.
The clown hysteria sweeping the country has led to arrests in Bentonville.
Here's the midweek open line and the daily video roundup.
Hiking is an awe inspiring route to experience the beauty of Arkansas. The state’s climate allows the pastime year round, and the fall season shines a spotlight on the colorful scenery.
Bill and Hillary Clinton have strong ties to Arkansas. The airport in Little Rock was even renamed in honor of the couple. Bill Clinton, the nation’s 42nd president, was born in Hope, grew up in Hot Springs, married Hillary in Fayetteville, served as governor of Arkansas in Little Rock, and made acceptance and celebration speeches in the state when he was elected and re-elected as the U.S. president.
Smith is president and co-founder of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, an exotic wildlife sanctuary federally licensed and regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture. Located in Eureka Springs, this non-profit organization currently has 57 large natural habitat enclosures ranging in size from 5,000 sq. ft. to 20,000 sq. ft. in which more than 60 exotic and native cats, six black bears, one grizzly bear, and a variety of other animals reside.
The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Arvest Bank worked in collaboration to create a limited-edition series of specialty debit cards that showcase some of the state’s most scenic and popular attractions.