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Sheriff says he'll fight charge in battery case; said he didn't see beating of suspect

Sheriff said his vision was impaired by pepper spray.

State ends first quarter of fiscal year with $175 million surplus

The money pours in.

Little Rock's cinnamon roll scene

A survey of some of Central Arkansas’s best rolled pastries.

Solar power: A new plant and a new rant

Entergy expands it solar footprint and a former PSC chair blasts another utility for resistance to solar power.

Allegations of racism and document destruction dog Little Rock City Hall

City Hall news was tough to follow last week because it was both complicated and stomach-churning. The latest development is a letter to the mayor and City Board members in which an attorney employed with the city accuses the head city attorney of using a racial slur.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders' brother, the one who's been an actor, is on the state payroll

John Mark Huckabee, 45, is currently making an annual salary of $48,749.

City terminates LITFest consultant contract

Violation of contract cited.

Legislative committee advances plan to raise base teacher pay to $40,000, still lower than most surrounding states

A state legislative committee voted Tuesday to approve a public school funding proposal that would give Arkansas teachers a $4,000 raise and increase the minimum teacher salary from $36,000 to $40,000. 

Sullivan signs petition to decrease Jonesboro library funding

A state senator known for attacking teachers is among those Jonesboro-area residents working to defund the Craighead County/Jonesboro Public Library.

Child fatally shot in SWLR

Victim was critically wounded and died hours later.

COVID today: Active cases continue downward

The daily report shows slight rise in number hospitalized.

COVID today: 32 more deaths

The hospit numbers are falling.

The news roundup: Capitol and City Hall lead the agenda

Teachers get some support at the legislature today. Enough? We'll see,
LITFest

Think Rubix announces they aren’t authorized to cancel LITFest, festival state still unknown

The company that was organizing LITFest has announced that all questions related to LITFest should be directed to the city officials of Little Rock.

Little Rock cop charged in Benton, apparently related to domestic violence

Officer remains suspended after Benton police file charge apparently related to domestic violence allegation.

State lawmakers talk education funding

When state lawmakers declined in this summer's special legislative session to rally around Governor Hutchinson's proposal to raise Arkansas teachers' minimum starting salary and give them a bonus, they used the adequacy study as an excuse. Now's the time when they lay their cards out.
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Little Rock officials talk crime prevention ahead of National Night Out

City officials talked all things crime prevention from acknowledging the need for an increase in police officers to what's in place for prevention, intervention and treatment programs. Mayor Frank Scott Jr. discussed the increase in homicides and the "tentacles" to a holistic approach to crime.

Police report homicide UPDATE

Incident occurred in home in Southwest Little Rock.
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Uncertainty follows termination of LITFest contract, Hines calls for investigation

The city-sponsored festival was set for this weekend. With four days to go, it is unknown what events, if any, will take place after the contract termination.

LITFest is officially cancelled, mayor says UPDATE

Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has released a statement on the status of LITFest. In short: It's not happening.

The tangled web at Little Rock City Hall

The city's story changes on what it knew about a former mayoral aide's involvement in a city contract with his future employer.

Three dead in North Little Rock apartment fire

Fire occurred about 2:30 in the morning.

News roundup recorded a few minutes too early

Things move fast sometimes. Too fast for today's news roundup.

Fort Smith has a new literary press, Belle Point

Fort Smith residents Michael and Casie Dodd are behind a new regional press in Arkansas, Belle Point. "Raised in Eastern Oklahoma with roots older than living memory in the Natural State," the press website reads, its mission is "to celebrate the literary culture and community of the American Mid-South: all its paradoxes and contradictions, all the ways it gets us home."
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