The Republican primary race for state treasurer between Rep. Duncan Baird (R-Lowell) and Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan has taken a turn for the bizarre.
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A divided Supreme Court yesterday allowed Texas to continue enforcing laws restricting abortion. The case is still on appeal at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and will likely end up back at the Supreme Court once a ruling has been made there.
We've written from time to time about Justin Booth, a formerly-homeless poet who lived on the streets of Little Rock for five years after descending into a hell of drug addiction.
Weather Service predicts 'wintry mix' for NW Arkansas, possibly Central Ark. this weekend, into Monday
The National Weather Service in Little Rock just issued a forecast which calls for heavy rains Thursday which will turn into a "wintry mix" of freezing rain, sleet and snow as a cold front moves through late Friday.
The Human Rights Campaign yesterday released the second annual edition of their Municipal Equality Index, which measures cities and towns on the basis of how inclusive their laws and policies are of LGBT people.
Animal rights group says Walmart hasn't responded.
Okay, not the most exciting news, but Rep. Nate Bell's endorsement of Rep. Duncan Baird, running for the GOP treasurer nomination against Dennis "Krispy Kreme Creeper" Milligan, is pretty great:
Little Rock Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office are investigating two bank robberies that happened within less than thirty minutes of each other in Little Rock.
And talk in our open line.
Based on the furiously repetitive trumpeting of this story today on social media among a few GOP politicos, some Republicans seem to have decided that they have a smoking gun in a 2009 committee vote of Mike Ross, then a Congressman from the Fourth District.
Steve Kimock performs Friday and Saturday at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville.
It was also a good week for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Circuit Judge Jay Moody, gunning for votes and buying votes in North Little and the Arkansas Razorbacks. It was a bad week for Pulaski County Jail.
Putting the fun in dysfunctional.
The state of Arkansas has been in court for three decades over its role in contributing to segregation in Pulaski County's three public school districts. It has spent more than $1 billion in reparations as a result of a 1989 agreement.
I have been picking up on a lot of enthusiasm for local sourcing from the Arkansas Times. Getting food from local farms, using local products, etc. I love the enthusiasm as I myself love supporting local farms and restaurants. However, there is a big lack of people putting their money where their mouth is, or in this case, their local product where their mouth is.
The Observer hates doing laundry. We always have. Even as a small child, The Observer operated on the "Can Get Another Day of Wear by Adding Cologne" method of laundry control, and that was when we had ready access to washing powders, limitless hot water, and our own washer and dryer.
The color and unpredictability created by the human element in party primaries have been on vibrant display around the country in recent weeks.
Also, Steve Howell and the Mighty Men at the Afterthought, Steve Kimock and Friends at George's Majestic, Arkansas v. Mississippi State at War Memorial, Moscow Ballet's 'Great Russian Nutcracker' at Robinson, The Sword at Downtown Music and The Revolutioners at Stickyz.
Also, Matt Stell and Deep Roots at Revolution.
So long as we've still got our sanity after two rip-roaring fun months of nonstop losing on the football field, let's concentrate on another Razorback program that has set off on the right foot at 3-0, but has a far better prognosis ahead for more short- and long-term prosperity.
'Book Thief' is probably not for you.
It was predictable that the rollout of the new insurance markets under Obamacare would be troubled, maybe even nightmarish. In fact, that was exactly what was predicted when Republicans first proposed mandatory market-oriented insurance — 40 years ago in the case of employer-sponsored insurance and 25 years ago in the case of an individual mandate.
Rep. John Walker, attorney for the Joshua Intervenors, and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel embrace Monday night.
An interesting element of the ongoing story of budget problems in the University of Arkansas Advancement Division has been a divide in outlook in the pages of the state's dominant news medium, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
The Catcher community lies in the rich bottomland just southeast of Van Buren in western Arkansas, not that far from Hollis Lake, an old oxbow left behind when the Arkansas River changed course long ago. Like that lake, the violent events that happened at Catcher 90 years ago have also been largely left behind by the mainstream of state and local history, though there is a growing movement to tell the story of how the black community was forced, en masse, to abandon their homes and flee for their lives, never to return.
The Inquizator: Steve Barnes talks Fulbright, how to dress well and the strangest political gossip he's ever heard
Steve Barnes is surely the most familiar face in Arkansas political news.
Pipeline agency orders Pegasus plan overhaul.
Bad news for CLNN, the Chicken Little News Network, that is, just about all of them lately: In states which have set up their own Affordable Care Act marketplaces, enrollment is proceeding apace.
New Mediterranean restaurant needs work.
Ms. Juanita’s picture still hangs proudly on the candy shop’s wall. She began making brittle in 1974—producing the candy in a small building behind her home and traveling around the state to sell it out of her car. No matter how you make this happen, if you’re a believer in brittle, I can’t recommend this candy enough.
Cruz Way performs at Juanita's Friday.
The New York Post's Page Six blog reports that Brett Overman, the Arkansas-born founder and CEO of the country's largest post-disaster cleanup and restoration company, National Disaster Solutions, looked to be in for a disaster of his own last Saturday after a storm knocked out power during his lavish Florida wedding.
Several folks from the local music community have initiatives going to help the needy this holiday season. Today, DJ, party promoter, bartender, man-about-town Mike Brown has partnered with the River Market, the Little Rock Air Force Base and the Arkansas Foodbank to host "Give to Get."
Susan Johnson-Mumford, the London art consultant who organized the "Crossing Borders" inaugural art exhibit at the Oxford American earlier in the year, is giving a talk at her alma mater, Hendrix College, tonight on the art business.
Little Rock's Philander Smith College will host an event tonight that includes a screening of a documentary about the cruelty of solitary confinement in prisons, a panel discussion featuring Arkansas Times contributor Mara Leveritt, and the public unveiling of a life-sized replica of a solitary confinement cell.
Vinh Long, a Vietnam-based manufacturer that supplies to furniture and cabinets to Ikea and other retailers, will spend $5 million to convert an existing factory in Morrilton to suit its needs. The company said today it plans to hire 75 workers.
The poster and trailer (trailer seen above, poster below) have been released for the film version of Mara Leveritt's book "Devil's Knot."
The rule change takes away the right for the minority party to filibuster judicial or executive nominations, save Supreme Court nominees.
Sarah Palin is in Arkansas and there are still politicians excited to have their picture made with her
Political nonentity Sarah Palin is in Fayetteville today signing her latest book, "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas" at Sam's Club.
NRCC says French Hill has moved up to "on the radar."
Walmart has been taking a bit of a p.r. hit over the wages it pays employees after an Ohio branch of the retail giant held a food drive for its own workers, who were unable to afford groceries for Thanksgiving.
A number of people with Arkansas connections played roles in events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
Arkansas Supreme Court overturns blanket ban on cohabitation in custody cases, easing visitation rules for gay parent
The Arkansas Supreme Court today ended the "blanket ban" on unmarried cohabitation in child-custody cases.
Suhana, a Malayan tiger at the Little Rock Zoo, has give birth to four cubs, the zoo announced today.
The Little Rock Police Department today showed off their network of 53 surveillance cameras and monitoring station, which can watch and record locations all over Little Rock in real-time.
Via National Geographic.
Federal Judge Marshall to give preliminary ruling on settlement Friday morning.
The Clinton School today released its schedule of December speakers, which includes some big names for political junkies.
Typically the words “all you can eat” should have you turning tail and finding somewhere else to spend your money. But that’s not always the case, as I recently discovered this week at The Oyster Bar.
The Arkansas Razorbacks take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.
Don't miss yesterday's fascinating look at Arkansas connections to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and its aftermath, which took place 50 years ago today.
Matt Stell performs at Revolution Saturday.
Alice Stewart reported the news yesterday that Rep.Tom Cotton, running for Senate against incumbent Mark Pryor, is engaged.
Donovan McNabb claims he did not bully former Razorback Shawn Andrews when they were Philadelphia Eagles teammates
Donovan McNabb, the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, said he was "really taken aback" by comments from former Eagles offensive lineman Shawn Andrews, ESPN reports.
A fast food experiment with McDonald's "Mighty Wings" turns out to be mighty disgusting.
Prime-Line, Inc., a 17-year-old Malvern company that makes fiberboard doors, millwork and mouldings for retailers including Lowe's and Home Depot, announced today that they would expand their operations in Malvern, investing $6.7 million in a new building and manufacturing line there.
U.S. District Judge Price Marshall said that he believes the proposed settlement to the long desegregation case involving three Central Arkansas school districts is sound, but won't approve it until after he conducts a fairness hearing in January to consider public comment on the settlement.
The empty complaints of Republican legislators on auto-assignment in the "private option" for Medicaid expansion
I wasn't at yesterday's Joint Public Health meeting at the Capitol, which reviewed the ongoing implementation of the "private option" policy for Medicaid expansion, but I gather that it was an occasion for repetitive concern trolling from anti-"private option" legislators over the auto-assignment rules created by the Department of Human Services.
The Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" will be performed Sunday afternoon at Robinson Center Music Hall.
We've written before about John Rogers, the entrepreneur from North Little Rock who went from selling baseball cards to being a still-photography mogul and millionaire in a few short years by buying up the vast photo morgues of dozens of American and international papers.
Earlier today, we mentioned the Razorback game played the weekend after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office reports that an officer with the Jacksonville SWAT team was shot this morning, along with a suspect, during a pre-dawn narcotics raid.
The red Jeep Wagoneer driven by Skyler White in the recen After the final episode of the AMC hit "Breaking Bad," props and vehicles from the show were auctioned off by a site called Screenbid
Closing out with an actual poster of a fundraiser for Dennis "Krispy Kreme Creeper" Milligan, whose campaign has been overwhelmed lately by the silliest political scandal in recent memory.
Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office has released details on an apparent inmate suicide attempt last night.
Sad news on the venue front: According to a post from yesterday on the venue's Facebook page, Downtown Music Hall, the longtime home to many of the area's metal, hardcore and hip-hop shows, will be closing as of Jan. 1.
Single-day tickets for the Holiday Hang Out are on sale now.
SOMEWHERE IN THE ATLANTIC: I did a quick e-mail check and found this photo by Brian Chilson from the Razorback game with Mississippi State.
Willie Nelson performs two concerts in Arkansas this week.
Lisa Ling speaks at UCA Monday.
The Little Rock Board of Directors a, according to a report from the Democrat-Gazette's Claudia Lauer (paywall).
Conway spent $133,000 on what's being billed as the state's
It's cold out there. Bundle up and tell us what's cooking...
The Sword plays at Downtown Music Hall Tuesday.
Check out part one of "Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind." It's a co-production between our news partner, InsideClimate News and PBS' "This American Land." InsideClimate News' Elizabeth McGowan plays host.
Walmart announced today that the company's board of directors have named Doug McMillon, 47, to serve as its next president and CEO.
STRIP CLUB SHOOTING: According to a police report just released by the LRPD, just after 5 a.m. on Saturday morning
Two pieces of happy news this morning from Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis 3: He got engaged to long-time girlfriend Holly Ballard, an
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department says a traffic stop for a defective license plate light early yesterday morning turned into a major marijuana bust after a search fo
The Rothko exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center will renew your faith, if it had been lagging, that non-representational art can provoke a deep visceral response.
KTHV reports that an arrest warrant has been issued in the murder of Dawna Natzke, the Hot Springs Village police dispatcher who went missing from a holiday party in XX and was later found floating in a pond near Jessieville.
It's an open line!
Bonnie Montgomery plays at South on Main Wednesday.
The Revolutioners play at Stickyz Wednesday.
Yet another encouraging sign from Pope Francis. His latest exhortation is a takedown of unfettered capitalism.
Lt. Sidney Allen with the LRPD, reports that an arrest has been made in the
Beginning next year, the University of Arkansas will only play one football game at War Memorial, according to Harry King with the Arkansas News Bureau. Next year's game will be against Georgia and held Oct. 18. The new contract with War Memorial and the university runs through 2018
Court to hear cases involving Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.
IMHO, there's a lot of hullaballoo involved in getting a coffee to go these days.
The Little Rock Zoo provides today's antidote to everything that's wrong with the world: A picture of Bugsy, an African penguin that hatched two days ago.
The Little Rock Police Department has released photos (seen above) of the suspect in this morning's robbery of a U.S. Bank branch at
Here's an open line
It’s reassuring that Arkansas is investing in its own culinary future with a facility such as Pulaski Tech. I’m confident that these programs will help boost the confidence and capabilities of those involved and I’m eager to see the cooks produced through these courses of study.
If you need some jazzy neo-soul to soundtrack your holiday, check out the Thanksgiving Music Celebration at 4 Corners, with Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers featuring Bijoux and Sean West, 9 p.m., $10 early admission.
Times photographer Brian Chilson snapped this shot of the old Arkla Gas headquarters, which occupied the block between River Market Ave. and Rock St. and 4th and Capitol.
The Swingin' Utters play at White Water Tavern Thursday.
Open house is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the museum at 9th and Broadway.
Kevin Duck, the man being sought on a first degree murder charge in the Dec. 2011 death of his girlfriend, Hot Springs Village police dispatcher Dawna Natzke, as been arrested near Burlington, Colorado
North Little Rock favorite is hosting an open house on December 14.
Here are the latest numbers on the "private option": *80,413 have filed applications *Of those, 68,692 have been determined to be eligible (the rest are still in process) *58,591 have completed enrollment, either by selecting a plan or via auto-assignment
Public hearings begin next week.
War Chief plays at Stickyz Friday.
Revolution hosts hed (P.E.) Friday night.
Interstate Buffalo plays at Midtown Saturday.
Zoogma plays at Revolution Saturday night.
Catch DJs from Mars at Discovery Saturday night.
Leopold and His Fiction performs at Stickyz Sunday night.
"Beauty and the Beast" comes to Robinson Center Music Hall Tuesday.
Rod Bryan performs at Stickyz Wednesday night.