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Several thousand LRSD supporters gathered at Central High School on Oct. 9 to protest the state’s treatment of the school district.

The second Little Rock crisis

The city braces for a teachers strike and indefinite state control of the school district.
Gov. Orval Faubus greets a voter in Clinton in 1962.

A forgotten candidate and the 1962 Arkansas governor’s race

Dave Cox's forgotten campaign and the 1962 election for Arkansas governor. An exclusive excerpt of Ernie Dumas' political memoir.

Flash Point: Race, fire, police and Little Rock's new mayor

Can the city's first elected black mayor heal the racial divisions that have long plagued the city's fire and police departments?

Outlaw nation: Professional bull riding's new rockstar is from Hamburg, Arkansas

When Chase Outlaw (that’s really his name) goes into the bucking chute now, the announcers broadcast the story of his infamous comeback across the arena, and an X-ray of his mutilated face flashes on every screen, projecting an image of his eye socket looking like a chewed up piece of tobacco.

Last responders: Central Arkansas funeral homes and coroners prepare for a rising death toll

Arkansas funeral home staff and coroners' offices prepare for a rising death count.

‘Somebody is out here doing something’: Portraits of protest in Arkansas

Across the state, from Bentonville to Crossett, thousands of Arkansans have taken to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest police brutality. Some are seasoned organizers. Some are first-time protesters. Some have served on task forces, met with elected leaders, received death threats. They are racially diverse, and they span generations. And they have decided, despite a pandemic that put them at risk when gathering, to keep coming out. Here are a few of their stories.

Pandemic puts live music venues on the riverfront in choppy economic waters

While barbershops and churches and gyms and restaurants across the country are easing their doors open incrementally, theaters, nightclubs and performing arts centers remain mostly dark. Worse, many of them have been deprioritized or left out altogether when it comes to monetary relief packages.

A field guide to the birders

Birders are better than books at helping you find the birds. Almost all are enthusiastic about sharing their passion with new avian aficionados, and their fine-tuning is essential to accurate identification.

The past and future of Hall High School

Once a school of choice, now in the crosshairs of the State Board of Education, Little Rock Hall prepares to hit the reset button.
Picture of Doe's Eat Place in Little Rock

Hot tamales and Clinton mania: an oral history of Little Rock's Doe's Eat Place

This is the story of how the Little Rock landmark came to be and how it persists as told by staff, friends and customers.

COVID and the classroom: Arkansas faces a school year like no other

Thousands of students and educators prepare to return to the classroom as the debate over health and safety continues.
picture of Rev. Mary Olson standing in front of the future home of the Elaine Legacy Center

More than memorials in Elaine

In a broken present-day Elaine, locals strategize about economic revival.
Army bringing farmers to town

To Those Known and Unknown: The Elaine Massacre Memorial

September 2019 will be the 100th anniversary of what has come to be known as the Elaine massacre in Eastern Arkansas’s Phillips County. A century ago, white posses and U.S. soldiers shot and killed what may have been hundreds of African Americans, most of them tenant farmers, over a period of four days.

Arkansas's buried treasure: Quartz crystal, rocking the art world

When I thought of quartz crystal in Arkansas — if I thought of quartz crystal in Arkansas — I thought of the rock shops that used to line the highway into Hot Springs, the ones with the big blue glass chunks. No more.

From Willisville to Washington: Sen. Joyce Elliott is ready to school Congress

Sen. Joyce Elliott was the second Black graduate of her newly integrated high school. If elected, she’ll be the first Black lawmaker Arkansas sends to Congress. 

The discipline gap

Research shows Arkansas schools punish African-American students more frequently and more harshly than their white peers.

Revenge of the elite in Little Rock

The city manager system and the collapse of racial moderation in Little Rock, 1955-1957.

Incarcerated, infected and ignored: inside the Cummins prison outbreak

Inmates at Arkansas’s Cummins Unit say guards treated them like “lepers” as COVID-19 tore through the penitentiary.

Rob Nelson, Owner/Chef at Tusk and Trotter in Bentonville

Rob Nelson talks about his journey from Northwest Arkansas to Colorado to France and back to Northwest Arkansas.

Separate and unequal

Sue Cowan Morris won the battle to equalize pay of black and white teachers. It cost her her job.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette shifts to digital delivery

Publisher Walter Hussman tries to save the news by stopping the presses.

Refugees from an Ozarks cult detail abuse

They escaped from the Nahziryah Monastic Community in Marion County.

Little Rock's massive effort to feed kids amid the pandemic

Thanks to World Central Kitchen, the Clinton Foundation, the Little Rock School District and a broad coalition of local players, all Little Rock kids have access to free food on a daily basis.

Windgate Foundation draws attention to the arts, its benefits

It's become the Johnny Appleseed of Arkansas arts education.
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