Judge halts marijuana dispensary replacement license

A lawsuit challenging a state decision on a replacement marijuana dispensary license led today to an order by Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen halting issuance of replacement licenses until the issue is resolved.

Metroplan commits to building regional trail system

Metroplan, the council of Central Arkansas governments, said today that it was prepared to spend at least $55 million over the next 10 years to develop a regional multi-use trail system.

Transformation: Steve Goode, top agency boss, departing state government

State tobacco, alcohol and gambling regulator Steve Goode is resigning for a move to the private sector.

Elizabeth Warren schedules NLR stop

Elizabeth Warren is coming to town

Board of directors updated on 3/8 cent sales tax, promised specifics on Lift Little Rock penny sales tax

The Little Rock Board of Directors received an update from City Finance Director Sara Lenehan on the “promises kept” by the 3/8 Cent Capital Sales Tax. Mayor Frank Scott Jr. also told directors that on March 10, he will present “specific numbers” to the board on how the proposed “Lift Little Rock” sales tax would impact city departments and projects. 

30-month sentence for non-profit exec for kickbacks to lobbyist and unnamed senator

Jerry Walsh, former director of South Arkansas Youth Services, was sentenced today in federal court in El Dorado to 30 months in prison for conspiring to divert public money his agency received to an unnamed Arkansas state senator and the lobbying firm of convicted felon Rusty Cranford.

New reports on Supreme Court spending show recent edge for Judge Welch

Candidates for the open seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court filed pre-election campaign spending reports this week that show Barbara Webb, running a partisan race for the non-partisan seat, still leading Judge Morgan "Chip" Welch overall, though he reported a better recent fund-raising period than she did.

Fatal shooting reported at North Little Rock cemetery

North Little Rock police says a person with a gunshot wound that proved fatal was found about 2:25 p.m. when officers responded to a report of a shooting at 4200 Division, the address of Edgewood Cemetery. T

UPDATE: Sunday alcohol sales: If Mountain Home can try, why not Little Rock?

A report today from the Baxter Bulletin on a Sunday alcohol sales election next week in Mountain Home raises again the question: Why not Little Rock?

Ethics complaint against Barbara Webb grinds slowly, an illustration of toothless ethics regulation in Arkansas

Little Rock lawyer Jessica Virden Mallett has complained to ethics regulators about the overt partisanship in Barbara Webb's campaign for Arkansas Supreme Court and isn't happy with the slowness by which such ethics complaints are handled.

New dispute arises in Biden paternity case UPDATE

Another legal dispute has arisen in the Hunter Biden paternity case in Independence County.

Lawsuit alleges court security officer fired so prettier officer could be hired

KAIT has the most intriguing lead in news articles from around Arkansas this morning: A woman claims she was fired after a judge in Sharp County wanted a younger security officer who would want to perform lap dances.

Five more properties on the National Register

Three homes, a cemetery and a 1915 former grocery store in Elaine are added.

Feds oppose allowing Gilbert Baker to drink and avoid drug testing while on bail

The U.S. attorney's office said today it opposed the request by former Republican Sen. Gilbert Baker to be allowed to drink in moderation and avoid drug testing while he awaits trial on a federal bribery charge.

Harvest House in Little Rock: the Chipotle of cannabis

Harvest House of Cannabis arrives in Little Rock and takes weed upscale. But is that enough?

Herbology Dispensary to open Wednesday in former Joubert's Tavern

Herbology Dispensary will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the former Joubert's Tavern space at 7303 Kanis Road in Little Rock. Herbology will be the third dispensary to open in Central Arkansas's Zone 5. 

Coronavirus panic in Mayflower. False alarm.

Arkansas court evacuates on unconfirmed report of coronavirus case.

Walmart preparing to challenge Amazon Prime

Attention shoppers: Vox has an interesting article on Walmart's plans to roll out a membership program to challenge Amazon Prime.

New suit filed over deficiencies in state home care

A new federal lawsuit was filed yesterday over the state's reduction in Medicaid-provided home care services.

Judge keeps documents in Collins murder case under seal

Special Circuit Judge John Fogleman has filed his order mostly denying requests from ABC News and the Arkansas Press Association to release more information in the murder case against Rebecca O'Donnell in the slaying of former Republican Sen. Linda Collins of Pocahontas.

Immanuel Baptist opens community center on Shackleford Road

Immanuel Baptist Church announces opening of the City Center, a facility in a former Kroger next to the church grounds on Shackleford Road that will provide a variety of community services.

Alice Walton wins 2020 Getty Medal

The Getty Medal, awarded by the J. Paul Trust to recognize patrons of the arts, will be awarded Alice Walton for "expanding access to the arts and arts education," Getty News has announced. 

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Today's news: Dark money, drinking and a deadly virus

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