New Kari Faux single recalls an adolescence spent in Little Rock

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.

Senate overwhelmingly rejects bid to cut elementary school recess time

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. 

Walton-funded charter and voucher lobbyist group hosts Education Secretary Oliva for virtual town hall

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.

Senate committee advances lock-'em-up criminal justice bill

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.

The Mighty Rib’s Cornucopia: March Edition

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.

Legislative panel passes bill allowing some secret board gatherings, but even worse bill goes down

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.

UPDATE: Conway teenager missing since January is found safe in Florida

Tanvi Marupally, who turned 15 last week, had been missing since Jan. 17. She was found in Florida and is reportedly on her way home.
pic of BOARD OF APPORTIONMENT: (From left) Secretary of State John Thurston, Governor Hutchinson and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

A nerve-racking update from the 8th Circuit regarding your voting rights

The fates of two lawsuits over voting rights violations in Arkansas hinge on a wonky legal question some judges in St. Louis are wrestling with right now.

Sanders announces pilot program to allow DHS employees to bring their kids to work

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.

Former Arkansas Times writer Will Stephenson pens essay about Charles Portis

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.

Short-term rental bill dies in House committee

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.

Public testimony from attorney father of trans kid saves the day in debate over what would have been worst trans bathroom ban in the country

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. 

Collum disputes illegal meeting report; let's see what the FOI Handbook has to say

Conway Schools Superintendent Jeff Collum said polling board members individually to establish guidelines before a recent meeting was a fine and legal thing to do. Arkansas case law says otherwise.

Pulaski County copper operation makes 19 arrests, more charges expected

Thieves had made off with more than $1 million in copper wiring, according to the sheriff's office.
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The organized push for legislative hate

Here's the ‘why’ behind our Republican supermajority’s self-serving obsession with hurting Arkansans.

Free name and gender marker change clinic at CALS on Saturday

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.

The beginning of the end at the legislature

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 Red Scare is back, but a brave Arkansas Republican steps in with a bill on 'the perils of communism'

Rep. Scott Richardson (R-Bentonville) filed House Bill 1736 Tuesday to require that public school students be taught "the perils of communism and autocratic governments."

Arkansas students who qualify for reduced school lunches will get free meals under bipartisan bill

Amanda West, a child nutrition expert with Monticello Public Schools who testified in favor of the bill, said it will make 49,000 Arkansas students eligible for free meals.

Ron Robinson Theater announces its April film screenings

April's showings lean older than last month's, with half of the 8 pictures coming out before 1940 and three of those being silent movies from the 1920s.

Third Eye Blind is bringing nostalgia and more to Fayetteville

Third Eye Blind, responsible for falsetto-laden hits like “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Never Let You Go," performs at JJ's Live in Fayetteville on Wednesday, April 5.

Delta-8 bill pulled after testimony, sponsors vow to try again tomorrow

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.

Score one for small, rural school districts, who will be saved from forced consolidations with a bill headed to the governor's desk

Should Gov. Sarah Sanders sign Senate Bill 262 into law, Arkansas's smallest school districts will be free of the worry that they'll be forced to consolidate with other districts.

Experts on autism talk advocacy, access and therapy

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.