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The happiest news roundup ever and the open line

The news is good today, on the whole, but COVID-19 isn't going away.

Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance partners with three Central Arkansas restaurants on Plating Change initiative

The Plating Change initiative has also partnered with actor and North Little Rock native Mary Steenburgen and her husband, actor Ted Danson, who are both longtime supporters of the No Kid Hungry campaign to combat childhood hunger.

Fox ramps up paranoia programming, with help from Mike Huckabee

Fox News, with help from Mike Huckabee, fuels right-wing paranoia.

Dallas man pleads in defrauding program meant to assist black, Hispanic farmers

He helped make false claims available to minorities discriminated against in USDA farm programs.

1st Amendment? What 1st Amendment? Republican legislators embrace the cancel culture

Republican legislation aims to stifle talk of race, gender and other groups in public schools and colleges. It's unconstitutional, but, hey, this is Darkansas.

'Stand your ground' bill clears Senate

It took state senators less than an hour on Tuesday to pass a “stand your ground” bill that would allow Arkansans to kill if they feel threatened, even if they could safely escape.

Medical marijuana commission declares dispensary application process expired, leaving two licenses unawarded

The state medical marijuana commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to expire dispensary applications effective Jan. 9, leaving two of the state's 40 licenses unawarded.

Doyle Webb goes on the attorney general's payroll at $150,000 a year

Where there's a cash dole, there's Doyle Webb.

Rutledge finally acknowledges Joe Biden's presidency; another Arkansas Republican leader shows his rear

She should have kept her silence rather than exhibit her hypocrisy.

State issues abbreviated school 'report cards,' thankfully missing flawed test component for one year only

Thank the pandemic for one thing: No misleading single-letter grades for schools based on discredited standardized testibg,

State Police reviewing an officer's shooting of Perry County man

The man who was killed reportedly opened fire on officers with a shotgun.

Work halted on Keystone XL pipeline; could affect pipe supplier in Little Rock

Work has halted on the Keystone XL pipeline, with pipe due to be supplied by a Little Rock manufacturer.

Home alcohol delivery approved in Senate committee

Home alcohol delivery and drink-selling excursion trains won favor in a Senate committee this morning.

Little Rock board approves revised scooter ordinance

The Little Rock Board of Directors approved a revised ordinance on dockless electric scooters at its Tuesday meeting. The board also approved a resolution to target development money in East, South and Southwest Little Rock, but consideration of the resolution was marred by procedural bickering and tension along racial lines, echoing contentious meetings of the recent past.

Arkansas Guard passes FBI muster in Washington

Arkansas Guard all fulfilled planned duties in Washington.

Little Rock waives fines for expired mobile home permits

More pandemic fallout.

Change possible in Pulaski County Election Commission membership

Oh happy day. Joe Biden is president

Clear eyes, full heart. Things can't help but get better.

Boozman and the Capitol 'incident'

The senator falls short of the mark with one constituent.

Trump pardon list doesn't include Jeremy Hutchinson, but there is one Arkansan

Lobbying effort fails, so far, for the confessed felon. But a Hot Springs Village resident made the list.

Coronavirus today: A drop in hospital numbers and a good vaccine experience

Hospital numbers are down, but deaths remain high. On a happier note, a good review for Baptist Health's vaccine work.

Rutledge gets out in front of legislative redistricting process UPDATE

Let the gerrymanders begin!

Leslie Rutledge a loser in Trump fight to protect polluting power plants

A win for the environment; a loss for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

A quiet day at the Capitol, including on the Biden protest front, but the booze delivery bill cleared the Senate.

A single Trump supporter was standing watch at the Arkansas Capitol when Joe Biden became president.
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