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From the Arkansas Blog

Sunday open line

The door's unlocked.

Saturday open line

Lots of room for you.

Medicaid expansion could be coming to Mississippi with a dash of Arkansas-style policy, but hurdles remain

How much longer will the last refusenik states hold out on Medicaid expansion — passing up billions of dollars in federal money, cutting off their noses to spite Obama's face?

Max Brantley on "The Lost Cause: The Demise of Politics and Journalism," April 26th, 2024

In lieu of our regular weekly news roundup, we're sharing something special — a speech by Arkansas Times editor emeritus Max Brantley on the sorry state of Arkansas politics and news.

Mary Jane Says: Cannabis reviews from Mary Jane Doe

Mary Jane Doe is a local stoner-socialite here to provide you with hot gossip on fresh bud, best strains and how to make the most of your high.
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Friday open line

At your service.

Death of Missouri ER doctor and crypto enthusiast found in Beaver Lake ruled a suicide

Speculation ran rampant after Missouri ER doctor disappeared last May: Crypto conspiracy? Financial trouble after his second divorce to the same woman? But authorities ruled that it was a suicide.

Washington Post spotlights ballot initiative push to protect abortion rights in Arkansas

The Washington Post spotlights the underdog effort to get signatures for a ballot initiative to protect abortion rights and the challenges they face in dead-red Arkansas.

Students convince Little Rock School Board to adopt new rules on who can ditch exams

Board members also voted to pursue grants for a new generation of magnet schools.

Former health executive sentenced in sprawling bribery scandal that ensnared Arkansas lawmakers

Tommy Ray Goss, the former CFO of Preferred Family Healthcare, was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday. His wife, Bontiea Goss, awaits sentencing next week.
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From Rock Candy

Bluegrass aficionados Nickel Creek at The Hall on Thursday

No matter how bafflingly technical the group can sometimes get, what keeps them from losing orbit is their vocal chemistry, with Sara Watkins’ often plaintive delivery offering a counterpoint to Chris Thile’s piercingly precise tenor.

A post-eclipse 2024 stargazing guide from astronomer Darrell Heath

Meteors, planetary rings and supermoons to channel your post-eclipse fervor into a solid stargazing strategy for the rest of the year.

Hillcrest Neighborhood Softball League to celebrate 40 years on Saturday at Allsopp Park

Founded in 1984 as a relaxed alternative to the more competitive softball environment in southwest Little Rock, the Hillcrest Neighborhood Softball League began with only two teams and about 30 players in total.

Sculpture of civil rights leader Daisy Bates to be unveiled at U.S. Capitol in May

Bates' likeness will reside in the National Statuary Hall Collection, where each state is allotted space for statues of two significant individuals. 

Ron Robinson Theater screens 'Dazed and Confused,' 'Footloose,' 'The Matrix' and more in May

Need a little help getting the in the summer mood? CALS Ron Robinson Theater is happy to oblige.
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Travelers run roughshod over RoughRiders, take four of six

The youngsters continue their strong play to start the 2024 season before heading to Springfield this week.

Johnny Cash has a new song and it's about getting sexy in a laundromat

"Have You Ever Been to Little Rock?" is among the unreleased tracks from Cash, to be released June 28 as an album called "Songwriter."

Patricia Spears Jones named recipient of Porter Fund's Lifetime Achievement Award

A Forrest City native and the author of five poetry collections, Spears Jones won the Jackson Poetry Prize in 2017 and is currently the State Poet of New York, where she’s lived since the 1970s. 

Nate Powell releases graphic adaptation of 'Lies My Teacher Told Me'

Originally published in 1995 by James Loewen, "Lies My Teacher Told Me" offers a progressive corrective to the frequently whitewashed narratives found in American history textbooks. 

CALS Williams Library reopens Friday

The library has been closed since early November, when it shuttered for renovations, which include reimagined areas for teens, studying and podcasting; a more robust makerspace; and the addition of a community kitchen.
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Pictured: Your margarita memories

More than 800 flavor thrill seekers packed into the River Market pavilions last night for the Arkansas Times Spring Margarita Festival.

The Mary Hennigan diet: How to eat lunch like an Arkansas Times city reporter

On her last day at the Arkansas Times, here are some shining moments from city reporter Mary Hennigan's Eat Arkansas diet.

Ease Bistro opening in North Little Rock's Park Hill on Friday

There’s a new Friday night dinner option in North Little Rock’s Park Hill neighborhood: Erika Gee, host of a popular supper club, is opening Ease Bistro this Friday night in a cottage space right off JFK Boulevard at 100 West B Ave.

Mountain View’s Kin Folks Bar-B-Q destroyed by pit fire

Kin Folks Bar-B-Q, the venerable barbecue institution located in downtown Mountain View on the square, suffered a major fire Wednesday evening. 

Morning, sunshine: A downtown Little Rock breakfast sandwich survey

There are dozens of ways of measuring the health of a city’s downtown. And let’s face it; Little Rock may miss the mark by certain metrics. One department in which we’re thriving, though, is the accessibility of quality breakfast sandwiches.
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Scoop: New ice cream shop on Broadway is open 

The new Scoops Homemade Ice Cream shop at Third and Broadway is now open. The menu features about 25 ice cream flavors, milkshakes, sundaes, baked goods and an ice cream coffee menu, and they open at 6 a.m.!

The Buttered Biscuit opening soon at the Promenade at Chenal

Bentonville-based breakfast restaurant The Buttered Biscuit is now hiring for its new Chenal Parkway location, slated to open in late May or early June.

Beef-a-Roo reopens, now serves breakfast

Beef-a-Roo held a grand reopening last weekend at its Shackleford Road location following a fire in the kitchen that occurred just a few months after the restaurant made its Little Rock debut last October. 

Park Plaza's weekend food truck festival to benefit Arkansas Food Bank

Trucks, Taps & Tunes will bring several food trucks, local craft beer and live music to Park Plaza from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 

Korean fried chicken franchise bb.q Chicken now open in West Little Rock

Korean fried chicken franchise bb.q Chicken opened its first Arkansas location on Tuesday in the former David’s Burgers space at 101 S. Bowman Road. The restaurant also features two private karaoke rooms guests can rent by the hour.
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