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Cannabis flower is king, suppositories are at the bottom

Remembering that time The Observer tried a cannabis suppository.
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Young Dems to converge on the Capitol

Young Democrats of Arkansas invites all Arkansans under the age of 36 to attend their 79th Annual Convention, April 26-28 at the state Capitol. 
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Two crypto mine regulations pass Senate; more aggressive proposals are likely dead

A couple of bills regulating noisy, electricity-guzzling crypto mines are still alive. Six tougher proposals are now likely dead. The two moving forward address many key concerns, but some fear that they seem to have the backing of the crypto industry.

Journalist Phillip Powell to cover agriculture and the environment for the Arkansas Times

Phillip Powell will join the Arkansas Times editorial team this summer as part of Report for America's Mississippi River Basin Ag and Water Desk.
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Marijuana sales on 4/20 nearly tripled daily average, state says

Medical marijuana patients in Arkansas spent $2.11 million to buy 630 pounds of products on 4/20 this year.

Little Rock board hopeful looking to unseat city's longest tenured director

Aside from the new perspective Blake Tierney would bring to the city board as a young, queer person, he said his campaign is about representing communities dissatisfied with existing leadership.
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Wednesday open line

Over the hump.

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.
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Attorney Jack Wagoner, who helped legalize same-sex marriage in Arkansas, has died

The lawyer, who primarily practiced in the area of domestic relations, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, according to his law firm.

Arkansas among many states price-gouging prisoners on commissary items

The Appeal, a nonprofit news organization focusing on criminal justice, last week published an excellent report on commissary price-gouging in the nation's prisons — including some notes on Arkansas.
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National voter registration group slams Arkansas's decision to ban electronic signatures

Vote.org is fighting similar restrictions in Florida and Georgia, and the group vowed to fight the Arkansas decision too.

Democrats could save them, but prospects look dim for stricter crypto mine regulation measures

Six resolutions on crypto mine regulation sponsored by Sen. Bryan King could get new life in the House today, but it looks like they don't have the votes.

Arkansas lawmakers consider shifting funds from health care data hub to UAMS midwifery program

An Arkansas legislative panel on Tuesday approved diverting funds from a state health care data hub to start a midwifery education program at the state’s largest medical school.

Two crypto regulation bills, now amended, moving ahead

The two crypto regulation bills that remain still have some serious questions — and may not go far enough — but they should help address some of the significant problems with the crypto mining industry.

Legislative committee says to disregard corrections board's contract with attorney [UPDATED]

Today’s meeting was a continuation of a proxy fight some legislators are waging against the corrections board on behalf of Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

State election board tightens voter registration process, advocates call it ‘deliberate voter suppression’

Get Loud Arkansas's leader Joyce Elliott said they're considering a lawsuit over the recent restrictive changes. The organization will host a voter rights rally at 5:15 p.m. on the Capitol steps.

Governor's office mum after new poll shows wholesale drop in Sanders' popularity

Morning Consult, a pollster Sanders' spokesperson has touted repeatedly, shows a downward trend regardless of party affiliation.

Conway School Board member's question reveals Collum is only superintendent getting paid to work for CJI

Only one other school superintendent teaches for the Criminal Justice Institute. Unlike Conway's Jeff Collum, that superintendent does not accept pay other than travel expenses, an institute official said.

Tuesday open line

Howdy.

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.
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