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Matt Bell plans to sell South on Main restaurant; new ownership expected to continue partnership with Oxford American

The Nashville Scene reports that Little Rock Chef Matt Bell is selling South on Main to new ownership and will be taking over as executive chef at Gray & Dudley in Nashville. Bell is set to begin at the restaurant, part of the city's 21c Hotel, in February.

Impeachment trial rolls on

The impeachment trial of President Trump is set for a third day of arguments this afternoon from the House managers prosecuting the case. 

ACLU seeks release of evidence it says could exonerate Ledell Lee, executed in 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups today filed a lawsuit on behalf of Patricia Young, the sister of Ledell Lee, seeking the release of crime scene materials that they argue could exonerate Lee. 

Arkansas filmmakers Daniel Campbell and Graham Gordy to write Courteney Cox's "Last Chance U" drama

Arkansas filmmakers Graham Gordy and Daniel Campbell, who co-wrote 2018's feature film "Antiquities," are now the co-creators for Courteney Cox's "Last Chance U," a drama based on the Netflix documentary series of the same name.

Shooter in Asher Avenue killing surrenders to police, no homicide charges yet filed

Little Rock police are still investigating a fatal shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon, after the shooter immediately surrendered himself to police.

Arkansas Supreme Court rules that Emily White can remain on the ballot for Court of Appeals race

Supreme Court denies rehearing for challenge to eye surgery ballot intiative

In response, an optometrist-backed group announced that it is filing a new lawsuit, challenging the signatures on different grounds.

Little Rock Nine member Elizabeth Eckford to speak at Statehouse Convention Center

Today's video headlines and an open line

Little Rock Chef Matt Bell is selling South on Main to new ownership and will be taking over as executive chef at Gray & Dudley in Nashville; Chris Peterson named athletic director at UAPB; ACLU seeks release of evidence it says could exonerate Ledell Lee, executed in 2017; Pay bump approved for legislators and constitutional officers & the Trump impeachment trial rolls on.

Midweek headlines and open line

Leslie Rutledge joins 20 other GOP attorneys general in attacking House impeachment articles; Hunter Biden ordered to appear in court to answer alleged contempt charge & demonstrators interrupt Fayetteville City Council meeting in protest over ICE detention.

Arkansas Sierra Club: New Trump administration rules "making it easier for polluters to foul our water"

The Trump administration today rolled back Clean Water Act protections, easing restrictions on polluters and threatening the nation's waterways, wetlands, and clean drinking water. 
pic of U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton whines that national media paying insufficient attention to Hunter Biden paternity drama

Here's a shot and chaser of Tom Cotton and Cotton-friendly reporter Frank Lockwood of the D-G whining that the Hunter Biden baby-daddy drama is not getting sufficient coverage in the national media.

Artspace Arts Market Study results to be released

The national nonprofit developer of housing and studio space for artists and arts organizations will present the results at an event from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

New York Times editorial board staffer to speak at UA's Pryor Center

Alex Kingbury, a New York Times journalist who serves on the paper's editorial board, will speak at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville on Feb. 5 as part of the Pryor Center lecture series. 

LRPD officer arrested on domestic battery charges

A Little Rock police officer was arrested today and charged with third degree domestic battery, police said in a statement today. 

Chris Peterson named athletic director at UAPB

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff today announced that Chris Peterson has been selected as its new vice chancellor and director of athletics. Peterson was previously the athletic director at UA-Little Rock for fourteen years before leaving in controversy in 2014.

Former state lawmaker who 'rehomed' adopted girls sues state over investigation; Supreme Court dismisses suit

The Arkansas Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit against the state brought by Justin Harris, the former Republican state representative from West Fork best known for a tragically botched adoption of two young girls that came to light in 2015. The justices said the complaint was barred by sovereign immunity.

Pay bump approved for legislators and constitutional officers

Clinton School to host panel discussion on Rep's Ann Richards play

The Clinton School will host a panel discussion Jan. 30 with the Rep on ANN, the play that tells the story of legendary Texas politician Ann Richards, starring Tony Award winner Elizabeth Ashley.

Might as well Trump: Impeachment trial rolls on

Here's your daily impeachment thread. 

Governor slated to announce joint project between State Parks and Walton Family Foundation in the Delta

Arkansas State Parks appears set to get an influx of funding from the Waltons for work on the Delta Heritage Trail State Park, a "rails to trails" project currently under development.
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