A slinky bass line, loose and unanchored, is all you hear crawling around for the first 10 seconds of "Turnin' Heads," the new track by Kari Faux. Then, a swirling electric piano drifts in like smoke and turns the ambiance dark like something out of a Blood Orange song.
The Arkansas Senate voted down on Thursday a proposal to cut the mandatory time schools must devote to recess in half. Sen. Jim Dotson (R-Bentonville), sponsor of Senate Bill 172, said that a 2019 change in law to require that school districts allow for at least 40 minutes of recess time a day for elementary students was burdening teachers and cutting into instructional time.
The Reform Alliance, a group that's been pushing school segregation in the form of charters and vouchers for years now, is putting on a victory lap of a town hall tonight, with special guest Jacob Oliva.
Already with one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, Arkansas appears poised to become even more of an outlier as lawmakers embrace incapacitation as a guiding principal for the criminal justice system.
In the March edition of Cornucopia, The Mighty Rib goes clubbing at Gadwall's Grill, orders what became known as the Taylor Swift at Fat Jaws Soul Food and Southern Eats, goes west to Kemuri, attends supper club at Cypress Social, has breakfast at Flora Jean's, endorses the Keo Klassic at Charlotte's Eats and Sweets and lists his top 10 Little Rock desserts.
A law sponsored by Republican David Ray of Maumelle would have ended public access to many, if not most, of the public documents now obtainable under the state's Freedom of Information law. It failed in committee.
The program — called Families at Work — will allow some DHS employees to bring their children to work. Eventually, the program could be implemented at all state agencies, Gov. Sarah Sanders said Tuesday.
Will Stephenson, former entertainment editor at the Arkansas Times, has a piece called "Signs and Wonders" in the April issue of Harper's Magazine. The essay is a slightly amorphous review of the Library of America's "Charles Portis: Collected Works," out on April 4, that veers thoughtfully into a reflection on the overlaps between Portis' life and his own, particularly the time Stephenson spent in Little Rock working for the Times.
Regulating short-term rentals is a topic that gets people talking. A House committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 197 — which would have mostly prohibited municipalities from regulating Airbnbs and VRBO houses — for six hours before the legislature went on spring break. The same committee on Wednesday voted against the bill.
Following hours of debate, Sen. John Payton (R-Wilburn) and Rep. Cindy Crawford (R-Fort Smith), sponsors of Senate Bill 270, agreed to amend their stupid and hateful bill to match their stated purpose: to ensure that people using public bathrooms that don't match their birth sex don't act sexually inappropriate.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, the Center for Arkansas Legal Services is offering a free, walk-in clinic to help anyone interested in changing their name or gender marker on legal documents.
Senate President Bart Hester said yesterday that he and House Speaker Matthew Shepherd remain committed to wrapping the Arkansas General Assembly up by April 7. If by Wednesday of next week that seems impossible, the leaders will move to extend the session a couple of days. So there's a lot going on. Here's some of what we missed yesterday.
The sponsors of the bill seeking to ban Delta-8 products pulled it down Wednesday after testimony and questioning sowed confusion among the House Rules Committee. The sponsors said they would make the bill clearer and bring it back tomorrow.
As the mother of a child with autism, Scott knows what families today go through from diagnosis to education to worrying about their child’s ability to function in adulthood. She said the outlook of parents, family members and other people within a child’s support group is the most critical success factor in navigating the challenges of the condition.