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Arkansas state trooper resigns, faces DWI charge

Arkansas state trooper Mitch Smothers has resigned after being arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a minor following a single-vehicle accident Thursday night.

Don't wake up July 6 and realize you forgot to sign

Imagine how you’ll feel if we get 91,703 signatures for the Arkansas Abortion Amendment, just one name shy of what's required to make the ballot. Don't let the missing signature be yours.

Friday open line

Enjoy your weekend.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling against homelessness puts advocates on edge

Could Friday's decision prompt local governments to crack down on people living in tents? Aaron Reddin, founder of The Van and a tireless advocate for Central Arkansas's unsheltered, worries it might. 

Will Supreme Court's Jan. 6 ruling affect 'Bigo' Barnett's prison sentence?

Despite a celebratory tweet from Barnett, it's not known yet if the ruling will lead to his early release from prison.
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Still need to sign petitions? Here’s where to go, June 28-30

The deadline for turning in signatures is July 5, so time is short to get your John or Joan Hancock on the various petitions.

Uproar in Eureka: City official resigns following erasure of drag queen from tourism ad

When a split-second cameo of drag queen Blaze Duvall went missing from a Eureka Springs ad campaign, the community got loud — and city official Chris Clifton resigned.

Laugh so you don't cry: The best tweets from tonight's debate

At least the internet was funny about it. Here are the best tweets we found to distract from an impending sense of doom.

POSTMORTEM: Joe Biden and Donald Trump face off in presidential debate

Two old men, one curdled and one rancid, argued Thursday night. Here's the post-mortem + liveblog on the first presidential debate between President Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

TikTok cash helps fund Sanders-affiliated group seeking to block education amendment 

Gov. Sarah Sanders banned TikTok on her first day in office, but a Sanders-affiliated group is being funded by one of its biggest investors.
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From Rock Candy

The streets of SoMa are getting a facelift this weekend

Not one but two pieces of public art are going up in the 1200 block of South Main.

Little Rock native Cassie Keet's debut film 'Scream Therapy' now available on demand

“A cathartic girls trip to the desert turns deadly when demon-worshipping incels discover their secluded house and decide to make these girls their sacrifice,” reads the film's log line.

Eli Cranor plays chicken with Arkansas's dark secrets in latest novel 'Broiler'

“Broiler,” the latest book by Pope County writer Eli Cranor, entangles two couples whose lives orbit a chicken plant in Northwest Arkansas. Combining elements of expose journalism with conventions of tension and suspense, the novel sets in motion a chain reaction plot that rapidly moves through ransom demands, thefts and hostage-taking.

Kevin Kresse completes Boys & Girls Club mural in North Little Rock

Kresse, a native of North Little Rock who clocked many an hour playing basketball at the facility as a boy, started on the mural in May 2023, around the time the club celebrated its 100th year in operation.

Jeff Nichols puts a peculiar twist on American mythology with 'The Bikeriders'

Simultaneously straightforward and opaque, Little Rock native Jeff Nichols' sixth feature-length film is more portrait than epic.
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Everyone Asked About You announces new EP, 'Never Leave'

The EP, which was recorded by Jason Weinheimer of Fellowship Hall Sound and mixed by North Carolina producer Alex Farrar, comes out on Aug. 5.

Metal titans Pallbearer and Rwake at The Hall on Saturday

The two Little Rock institutions will be joined by Chicago's REZN and Portland's The Keening.

The Rep opens summer season with fast-paced, witty rendition of 'Pride and Prejudice'

Among a very strong cast, standout performances include Madeleine Barker as the independent and resolute Elizabeth Bennet, and Alanna Hamill Newton as the comically determined and semi-delirious Mrs. Bennet, who often stole the scene with her shrieking efforts to save the family from impending poverty.

New murals unveiled at Central Arkansas Nature Center

Fayetteville artist Jason Jones painted the murals, which depict Natural State flora and fauna.

Ron Robinson Theater screens 'Purple Rain,' 'The Mummy' and more in July

"Rope," "The Princess Bride" and "Sharknado" are also among the July lineup.
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Rivera Italian Restaurant to take over Mojitos & Margaritas space in NLR Lakewood Village

Mexican restaurant Mojitos & Margaritas Grill & Bar has closed its location in North Little Rock’s Lakewood Village Shopping Center, and Rivera Italian Restaurant – which is currently operating on McCain Boulevard — will be taking its place. 

Five Arkansas restaurants score first-time nods from Wine Spectator

Arthur's Prime Steakhouse, Saracen Casino Resort's Red Oak Steakhouse, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Table 28 and Wilson Cafe are first-time winners in Wine Spectator magazine's annual awards.

GiGi’s Lounge celebrates grand opening this weekend in former South on Main/Juanita’s space 

GiGi’s Lounge, the new entertainment venue taking over the former South on Main/Juanita’s space at 1304 S. Main St. in SoMa, will celebrate its grand opening Friday, June 28.

Highway 70 Kream Kastle Drive Inn reopening Wednesday

Kream Kastle Drive Inn, the legendary walk-up diner that has been serving up burgers, ice cream and fried pickles to Ten Mile Creek swimmers and Highway 70 commuters between Hot Springs and Benton for decades, will reopen on Wednesday. 

Blue Ember Smokehouse now open in West Little Rock

Arkansas barbecue chain Blue Ember Smokehouse opened its new West Little Rock location Wednesday morning at 1020 Rahling Road.
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Clinton Center’s 42 bar and table halts dinner service

42 bar and table, the Clinton Presidential Center’s onsite restaurant, announced last week on social media that it has suspended its dinner service as of June 13 to fill the need for special event bookings.  

Westrock Coffee opens new 570,000-square-foot facility in Conway

Westrock Coffee held the grand opening last week for its new 570,000-square-foot $315 million manufacturing facility in Conway. 

Highway 70 Kream Kastle Drive Inn is returning under new ownership

Kream Kastle Drive Inn's legions of fans are getting some good news this week after Kevin Shalin of The Mighty Rib blog reported on Wednesday that the longstanding walk-up diner on U.S. Highway 70 is making a comeback.

Red Lobster bankruptcy could send four Arkansas locations overboard

Four Arkansas Red Lobster locations could be facing closures following the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last month. 

A list of Arkansas food blogs to plan your summer eats by

Insta-piration from the state's experts.
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