A new state law puts Arkansas doctors who work with transgender youth in a difficult bind: They must either stop providing what they consider to be life-saving medication to their young patients or risk losing their medical license.
The 2021 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team, the 27th team the Times has honored, includes quiz bowl savants, budding novelists, future engineers and doctors and championship athletes. There’s rarely a B on the transcripts of these students in not just this, their senior year, but in any year of their high school careers.
At-large Little Rock Director Antwan Phillips has shared an open letter to city residents on the sales tax increase proposal before the board. Along with the letter (and perhaps the real purpose of the letter), Phillips has appended the results of a poll conducted by Little Rock's inVeritas Research and Consulting on behalf of the Arkansas Zoo Foundation that suggests that voters are in favor of the tax increase.
A year into a pandemic that stole jobs, lives and any sense of stability, Arkansans might have hoped for some help when lawmakers convened in January for the 93rd General Assembly. What they got was a kick in the face.
Aside from some grumbling, members of the Little Rock Board of Directors have had little publicly to say about Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s plan to ask voters to approve a permanent 1 percent sales tax increase, which would generate an estimated $53 million annually. But there are rumblings of efforts from board members to find support for counterproposals.
Across the state, from Bentonville to Crossett, thousands of Arkansans have taken to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest police brutality. Some are seasoned organizers. Some are first-time protesters. Some have served on task forces, met with elected leaders, received death threats. They are racially diverse, and they span generations. And they have decided, despite a pandemic that put them at risk when gathering, to keep coming out. Here are a few of their stories.
The third-year pediatric resident was working in the ER at Children’s (masked, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines) when she was told she needed to quarantine. That was March 26. She was released from isolation April 11.
The strategy "allowed us to procure large quantities of PPE for Arkansas that some other states who went the traditional route don’t have. We didn’t want to go to the well with everyone else, so instead we went to the creek,” UAMS procurement head said.