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UA announces three finalists to be dean of Clinton School of Public Service

Interviews are schedule in July and August.

Fentanyl death added to charges against federal suspect

A fentanyl overdose death has been added to charges filed in a federal investigation.

Today's news roundup includes COVID news and Trump ignorance

Free speech, in practice and in peril, figures in a lot of news today.

Coronavirus today: Arkansas in the national spotlight as new cases soar

Arkansas appears at the epicenter of bad virus news.
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Arkansas’s history of celebrating emancipation

Black Arkansans have been celebrating it for more than 100 years — and not just in June.

City Director Kenneth Richardson sues city, police chief, officer over arrest

Arrest of city director for refusing to leave scene of police encounter prompts lawsuit.

Fox 16 stonewalled by State Police on training for controversial PIT maneuver

State Police are using a controversial technique to stop fleeing motorists more, but won't talk about sufficiency of training.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman: No regrets for his role in driving Nikole Hannah-Jones away from journalism school named for him

Cue Edith Piaf. Walter Hussman has no regrets for the embarassment he caused his alma mater. Meanwhile, a local reporter who broke the story gets at its essence.

Josh Price announces officially today for secretary of state

A Democrat with election experience seeks to be the state's top election official.

Little Rock to seek financing for park improvements, new fire truck; entertainment districts also approved

The Little Rock Board of Directors has voted to allow the city to take out a short-term loan to pay for park improvements, a new fire truck, mobile radios for the police department and more. The city will seek $5.9 million in financing. 
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To-Do List: The Rep's 'Marie and Rosetta,' Mary Gauthier, Argenta Plaza Summer Series, 'Raya and the Last Dragon' on the riverfront

Coming up: The Rep takes "Marie and Rosetta" to War Memorial Park, Mary Gauthier at Fayetteville Roots HQ, 'Raya and the Last Dragon' at Movies in the Park and more.

Meet Barbara Hendricks — lyric soprano, Swedish citizen and refugee advocate from Ouachita County, Arkansas

How Barbara Hendricks sang her way out of rural Arkansas, onto the world’s biggest opera stages and into the lives of refugees across the globe.

New music from Little Rock trio Affection out today, 18 years after the fact

Like much of the music that’s come from Brasher, Morgan and Benjamin in the projects they’ve played in individually, Affection’s 2021 LP — recorded in 2003 — is both smart and wholly danceable.

In a nod to native Levon Helm, Fayetteville renames arts corridor project 'The Ramble'

The project will eventually connect the Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared, Nadine Baum Studios, Fayetteville Public Library, and the University of Arkansas’ Art and Design District with trails and pedestrian/cyclist connections. It is slated for completion by January 2024.

To-Do List: Hunter Foster's 'Layman,' 'Wonder Woman 1984' at the riverfront, a radio play on KABF-FM 88.3 and more

Coming up in July.

Artist V.L. Cox on 'escape velocity' and keeping an eye on home from her perch in Peekskill, New York

"I’ve had CEOs of billion-dollar international companies come up to me at events and art openings over the past few years and say, 'I’m very concerned about what’s going on down there.' They don’t care if Arkansas is a beautiful state. They don’t care about sports. They care about how people are treated and where to put their next multi-million-dollar business expansion. They care about their investments and their reputation."

'Nature always wins': Robbie Brindley talks kudzu and chaos

The images in Robbie Brindley's new book, "Kudzu and the Usual Erosion" were shot on 120 film on a Mamiya RB 67 camera — big enough to require a tripod and using a process that's "a lot more like fishing," Brindley told me. "You have to be very calm and patient.” 

Steve H. Broadnax III and Ari Edelson give free workshops at The Rep in July

You may not be able to catch a show at The Rep's space on Main Street just yet, but you can visit for a workshop.

RIP Frank Bonner, Little Rock native and actor of "WKRP in Cincinnati" fame

Belatedly, we mark the passing of Frank Bonner, the Little Rock native who brought a little bit of Arkansas Razorback spirit to each episode of "WJRP in Cincinnati" in his role as station sales manager Herb Tarlek.

Weekend To-Do List: Rachel Ammons, March for Black Women and Girls, American Aquarium and more

Classical music at Wildwood, psychedelta at Four Quarter Bar and more this weekend.
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New executive chef, new general manager at Capital Hotel

Brad Izzard, a native of South Africa, has recently been rehired and named executive chef of the entire hotel. Izzard formerly served as chef de cuisine under Antunes at One Eleven, and left the hotel after the shutdown to work as a chef at a private high end country club.

Woo pig: Wright's BBQ to sponsor several Arkansas Razorback athletes

Less than a week into the new college sports era granting players the right to earn money off their names, images and likenesses (NIL), Wright's BBQ in Fayetteville made a splash Tuesday as a number of Arkansas Razorback athletes announced sponsorships with the barbecue restaurant.

Ice cream social, 'Shop & Sip' and music from the Quapaw Brass Quintet in Hillcrest tonight

The Hillcrest Merchants Association will throw its annual ice cream social tonight on the 2800 block of Kavanaugh Blvd. from 6-7 p.m. with music from the Quapaw Brass Quintet, ice cream from Hill Station and popcorn, cookies and lemonade.

Help wanted: restaurant work amid the pandemic

Serving up confusion in the time of the coronavirus.
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The best donuts in Central Arkansas

Ranking the glazed donuts of Little Rock and North Little Rock by the dozen.

@ The Corner reopens for dine-in 

The restaurant announced on Monday that it would be closing for a few days this week to prepare to ease back into indoor dining, which it plans to start on Friday, June 25.

Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Co. to become exclusive draft beer provider for Mockingbird Bar & Tacos

The organic, small batch brewery in Paris, Arkansas (Logan County), will provision the Main Street restaurant with a dozen types of drinks, including non-alcoholic ginger and root beers.

Hot Dog Mike to return this weekend

Proceeds from Hot Dog Mike's return this weekend will benefit the Eli Talley Foundation for childhood cancer. Hot Dog Mike will be set up at Domestic Domestic in the Heights at 5501 Kavanaugh Boulevard from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. (ish) and 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. (ish) Fri., June 18 and Sat., June 19.

Yolanda Kitchen charms with house-made tortillas, puerco con salsa verde

The food trucks you see heralded on Facebook aren't the only ones out there. Check out Yolanda Kitchen sometime.

The Root Cafe celebrates 10th birthday

The Root will reopen its indoor dining room on Friday, July 9.
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