When insurance is not affordable, people don't buy it. This is the root of Arkansas's public school employee insurance crisis, and it's also a big part of why so many Americans in general are uninsured.
The National Fair Housing Alliance said today it had filed a complaint with the Hous filed a housing discrimination complaint with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission against Bailey Properties for refusing to rent to Latinos and discriminating in the conditions or terms of rental based on national origin and/or race.
The news release: The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) have conducted preliminary reviews of soil and sediment samples pulled by ExxonMobil in and around Lake Conway and the Northwoods subdivision in Mayflower as part of ongoing remediation efforts following a March 29, 2013 oil spill.
The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance has scheduled a seven-city speaking tour Oct. 25-31 to inform the public about threats to the Buffalo River from a factory hog-feeding operationThe Buffalo River Watershed Alliance will host and fund a seven-city, educational Whistle-Stop Speaking Tour in Arkansas featuring experts from Waterkeeper® Alliance, beginning on October 25th in Fayetteville and ending on October 31st in Little Rock.
A flurry of new public opinion polling reaffirms the anecdotal chatter from social events of the last several days that Americans' anger at their members of Congress is as intense as ever before and those who are Republicans are given special blame for the fiasco taking place in Washington.
Harold Meyerson writes in The American Prospect that the economy has been so bad for so long ("The Forty-Year Slump") even the language has been affected. "The middle-income jobs of the nation's postwar boom years have disproportionately vanished.
It turns out that Republican leaders did not blunder into the cataclysm that faces the nation over the budget and the debt but merely followed the script written by a few of the country's richest and angriest men.
Venturing well outside the box, Congressman Tim Griffin suggested last week that Democratic leaders' reckless cries of "Don't shoot," "Let us live, please," and "I have a family" were encouraging the ongoing slaughter in America.
Also, Mavis Staples at Christ Episcopal, Bobby Rush at South on Main, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival at the Arlington Hotel, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's 'Halloween Spooktacular' at Robinson and the 2nd Annual Hot Pepper Eating Contest at The Root Cafe.
As I write this, the country is in its fourth day of the shutdown. Whether the country thinks we should throw all of the bums out (my personal choice), or reward them for sticking to their principles will be decided in November of next year.
The Observer is a great fan of anything with wheels. We spent our formative years up to our elbows in grease and automobilia in Pa's dirt-floor shop, so we know our way around cars — cars of 20 years ago, anyway, before they got so damned fancy and electronic.
Arkansas was listless, lethargic, and pathologically unlucky Saturday night in a 30-10 loss to Florida, meaning that the Hogs' 21-year stretch of win-free futility against the Gators in the SEC era continues. A young team with so many evident cracks in the hull finally just took on water, and didn't even flail much before sinking.
The world knows Mayflower's Northwoods subdivision as the sleepy, comfortable neighborhood that ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline blighted in a March 29 spill that blacked yards and streets with an estimated 210,000 gallons of heavy crude.
Know where this slice of life in Arkansas is? Send along the answer to Times photographer Brian Chilson and win a prize. Once a month in this space, we'll post a shot from a relatively obscure spot in Arkansas for Times readers to identify.
For readers who skip the sports page, an update: there are no New York teams in the MLB playoffs this season. The Mets were dreadful right out of spring training, while the Yankees high-salaried lineup succumbed to age and injury.
Maple icing joins chopped bacon on top of a soft yeast donut. It’s not the best bacon in the universe; it’s not the best donut in existence either. But it’s there, together, living harmoniously for the pleasure of all who choose to bathe in its salty, greasy, sweet, and seductive light.
Readers of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette were entertained this morning by a detailed account of a lawsuit filed in Pulaski Circuit Court by Brooks Jansen, a valet at the Capitol Hotel, over the actions of a visiting Canadian business tycoon, Michael Wekerle.
We hope to have some more later, but a quick word on news from a former classmate at Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts that a former Arkansans was a member of the team that contributed
The City Wire interviewed Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson Thursday in Fort Smith about, among others, the private option version of Obamacare approved by the Arkansas legislature in 2013.
You read that headline right, though it's a polar opposite assertion from that intoned relentlessly by teabaggers, Kochs and Republican spear carriers for them like Tim Griffin, Tom Cotton, anybody named Hutchinson and the Club for Greed's marching and chowder society, the National Fed
James Lee Witt, the former FEMA director who now chairs the board of a political consulting company he started, tells me he's about "80 percent" decided to make a run for Congress from the 4th District.
Government shutdown, James Lee Witt and a possible run for the 4th district, Asa Hutchinson and the private option, the end of Judge Buddy’s reign, the interminable Tech Park and an the alleged misdeeds of rich Canadian at the Capitol Hotel — all covered this week.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on careful reading this morning inspires a couple of comments: * HEALTH INSURANCE: The newspaper detailed a plan to address the big rate increase in public school health insurance.
From today's New York Times: Leaders at World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings on Sunday pleaded, warned and cajoled: the United States must raise its debt ceiling and reopen its government or risk “massive disruption the world over,” as Christine Lagarde, the fund’s managing director, put it.
"Us & Them" — Fox's American version of the British hit "Gavin and Stacey" — is essentially dead after Fox decided to kill the mid-season replacement sitcom before production of the first season could be completed.
A news release announced that a letter of intent has been signed to transfer control of Mercy Hot Springs hospital and clinics from the Mercy Health System to Catholic Health Initiatives and the related St. Vincent Healthy System.
Subra said that the data indicates more sampling must be done in order to determine the extent of the contamination, and she isn’t ready to rule out the possible presence of oil in the main body of Lake Conway
It's October, that spookiest of months, and the braaaaains behind the Little Rock Film Festival and their creepy little sister The Little Rock Horror picture show have some cool events coming up to celebrate.
[embed-1]Somehow we missed this. Last week, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had on Paul Lewis, Jake Dell and JT Jumonville, the owner and employees, respectively, at West Little Rock's Colonial Wine and Spirits.
John Walker, the Little Rock state representative and attorney for black families in the Little Rock school case, is challenging the Little Rock School Board on long practice of assessing monetary fines on students who are tardy or mi
Wendell Griffen, a circuit judge who also is pastor of a Baptist church, says he'll join a group planning a visit to U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin's office today to urge him to stop blocking the operation of the federal government through his insistence on killing the federal Affordable Care Act that expands health insurance to millions of Americans.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told a legislative committee today that the Little Rock School District had proposed a phase-out settlement of state financial support of the district under the long-running Pulaski desegregation case.
Seven more lawsuits were filed today against ExxonMobil-related defendants over damages caused by the ruptured Pegasus pipeline that drenched a Mayflower subdivision and part of Lake Conway with heavy Canadian tar sands laced with other dangerous chemicals.
Props to Travis McConnell for successfully funding his Kickstarter for Butcher & Public. He raised $8,960, almost $1,000 more than his goal. We'll keep you posted on his progress in opening up the butcher shop/restaurant.
After two weeks of enrollment, the Arkansas Department of Human Services announced today that 56,288 adults have informed DHS that they with to enroll in the "private option" program; nearly all of them are now enrolled.
As we say goodbye this morning to the temporarily lofty heights of our retirement accounts, let's consider again some of the concrete evidence that House Republicans — Tom Cotton, Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford, Steve Womack — are solely responsible for the looming disaster.