Arkansas Blog

Word to Arkansas school districts: let the sunshine in

The FOIA fights in Phillips County bear sharing with a broader audience, especially as transparency advocates observe Sunshine Week, which highlights the importance of access to public records and open meetings nationwide.
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I remember his sweetness: Bill Whitworth and Dizzy Gillespie

Famed editor Bill Whitworth, an Arkansas native whose lofty literary career included time at The New Yorker and The Atlantic, died March 8. This piece by Maxwell George, originally published in the Oxford American, explored Whitworth's close and enduring friendship with jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.

The Van will skip event for unsheltered Arkansans over tent flap with the city

Prohibiting people and organizations at an event for unsheltered persons from handing out tents — literally, shelter! — misses the mark.

Monday open line

Make yourself at home.

Federal appeals court to hear oral arguments in Arkansas transgender health care case

Oral arguments are set for April 11 in St. Louis in the appeal of a judicial panel's ruling that overturned an Arkansas ban on gender-affirming health care for minors.

Searcy native Freddy Hicks hits buzzer beater to send Arkansas State to Sun Belt final

Freddy Hicks, a junior guard from Searcy, hit a buzzer beater Sunday night to send Arkansas State University to the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship versus James Madison tonight at 6 p.m.

Slideshow: Sunday's abortion rights rally at the Arkansas Capitol

A couple hundred people gathered for Sunday's event, which was organized by Arkansans for Limited Government, a group that's working to collect more than 90,000 signatures by July 5 in order to get the Arkansas Abortion Amendment on the ballot in November.

Arkansas unemployment rate rose to 3.7% in December and January

The state previously estimated Arkansas's jobless rate for December at 3.4% but has now revised the figure upward by three-tenths of a percentage point.

Arkansas school districts offer affordable teacher housing as recruitment tool

Bentonville isn't the only spot in Arkansas where officials are thinking outside the box to create accessible housing for teachers.

Sunday open line

Come on in.

Jonesboro shooting leaves 3 dead, at least 3 injured

The Jonesboro Police Department said on Facebook that the shooting "occurred at a private party" and police believe there's no active threat to the community.

Is Sarah Sanders serious about maternal health? The Week in Review, March 10, 2024

A roundup of Little Rock city news, a new dispute over voter registration and a trip deep into the Medicaid weeds on this week's podcast.

Saturday open line


UALR Trojans ball for a shot at NCAA glory tonight at 7 p.m.

The LR Trojans face off against Morehead State tonight in the championship game for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.

Bill Whitworth, legendary editor at The New Yorker and The Atlantic, dies at 87

William A. “Bill” Whitworth, who followed Charles “Buddy” Portis, his pal and seatmate in the newsroom of the Arkansas Gazette, to New York City and then to the pinnacle of the magazine publishing world, died Friday. 

Abortion rights rally set for Sunday at the Capitol

A group pushing back against Arkansas's near-total abortion ban is inviting supporters to come sign a petition to put abortion on the ballot at a rally set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the state Capitol.

Friday open line

You did it.

Top Little Rock housing authority exec resigns

Ericka Benedicto, who has served as the executive director of the Little Rock housing authority since September 2021, announced her resignation on Friday.

LRSD aims for equity with AP offerings, will encourage more students of color to take on the challenge

It is not the responsibility of kids to demand classes that will make them richer humans, it is the responsibility of the adults in the district to create excitement around these classes and encourage all of our kids to take them. LRSD has a plan in mind.

Education Secretary Jacob Oliva says educational cooperatives' funding will be reevaluated

State Education Department Secretary Jacob Oliva told legislators on Thursday in no uncertain terms that he was not happy with the return on investment from the $55.2 million going out to education cooperatives each year.