Arkansas is second in the nation when it comes to opioid prescription rates. Those numbers are edging down, but some say the worst of the epidemic may be yet to come.
Vol 44 • No 25
On 'Black Klansman,' calling the Hogs and the 'Jon Lovitz principle.'
Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin got some glowing coverage in Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for arranging an award from the national association of secretaries of state for the Little Rock Nine and their brave desegregation of Central High School 60 years ago.
There have been far more serious offenses perpetrated by adult staff against juvenile resident than what was detailed here ... regardless, these facilities and programs should have never been allowed to degrade to these conditions in the first place.
Tia Booth emerged from a limousine and into our lives on this year's season of the popular reality show "The Bachelor" to give wife-hunter Arie Luyendyk a little Wiener.
'Black Panther' is thoroughly, joyously, unabashedly black.
Summer program at Hendrix targeted once more.
Paradoxically, the Arkansas basketball team has cratered at the worst possible time and seemingly is peaking at the perfect time.
Questions raised by Governor Hutchinson about whether regulations for industrial hemp research conflict with federal law and other queries have apparently slowed progress toward the implementation of the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act.
When traveling through Southeast Arkansas.
Read the Russian indictments. It is a civic duty. Likewise, Donald Trump's tweets on the matter.
Amid the shock and horror accompanying yet another mass shooting of schoolchildren in Florida, an anonymous White House official exhibited the sheer moral squalor of Trumpism.
On March 24, 1998, I listened to an answering machine message from my sister that simply said, "Mom is OK. Turn on CNN." I ran to the television and immediately knew my mom was fine because it was her voice coming out of the speaker. There had been a school shooting in Arkansas. In my hometown.
Also, CALS Ron Robinson hosts "A Tribute to True Soul Records."
Amid the rising movement for gun control, the NRA soldiers on with events around the state including one tonight where a semi-automatic military-style rifle is among the potential prizes in raffle drawings.
Free swill tonight for legislators at a Rogers chamber of commerce dinner. It suggests a widening of an already gaping loophole in ethics law.
Donald Trump met with gun victims Thursday and a photographer captured a shot of a card on which wrtten talking points were provided to the president."I hear you," said one suggestion the crib sheet.
The Joint Budget Committee this morning approved special language for the treasurer's office appropriation that will enable a tax deduction for contributions to investment funds set up to pay for private school education in grades K-12 as well as college, for which the 529 plans were originally intended. It will exempt earnings on those accounts from taxation, essentially creating a private school voucher system.
Arm teachers to improve school safety? We thinki it's a bad idea. And there was a time when the Republican governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, saw it the same way.
The open line and the daily news roundup.
U.S. attorney announces federal gun, drug charges that involve gangs blamed for Power Ultra Lounge shooting
U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland announced gun and drug charges against 49 people in a series of busts targeting gang activity in Little Rock.
The election filing season opened at noon today at the Capitol and a parade of familiar incumbents, including Gov. Hutchinson, passed through the rotunda.
Arming teachers is a terrible idea. Here is some more anecdotal evidence.
The Wall Street Journal reports here on how Russian troll farms have exploited cracks in social media for propaganda purposes, appropriating images for re-use in their disinformation campaigns. Arkansas angle:
Look at what the state's top financial officer rebroadcast on Twitter yesterday. Factual, it wasn't.
How do you feel about football at UA-Little Rock? You can take a survey that asks that question. From here, it looks like a longshot
What's that smell? It appears to come from an 11th-hour legislative deal to transfer economic money to a private cell phone app that Gov. Asa Hutchinson refused to fund last year.
A committee of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees that is monitoring the financial situation at UAMS is meeting this morning for a monthly review. There's good news and bad news.
And Round 4 of the 2018 Arkansas Times Musician's Showcase goes to: Recognizer! They'll join The Rios, Couch Jackets and Sabine Valley at the finals at The Rev Room on Friday, March 9.
VCC Construction announced today the details of work already underway on the former Hall and Davidson buildings in the 200 block of Capitol Avenue to convert it to a boutique hotel.
Here's another reason that a special deal for a school panic button phone app deserves closer inspection.
Leslie Rutledge and Donald Trump dished up heaping servings of anti-immigrant rhetoric at the conservative political action convention in Washington today.
A soggy week done. Here are an open line and a video news/comment roundup.
We chat this week with Sarah Woolf (of "Follow the Woolf"), the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, and the new Bonnie Montgomery album.
Is the NRA's political might fracturing a bit in the aftermath of another assault rifle massacre? It's not like me to be hopeful, but there are some encouraging signs.
Dr. Pope Moseley, executive vice chancellor at UAMS and dean of the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, has resigned the position to take a faculty position to pursue research.
The coming special session, a sneaky voucher bill, a big drug arrest and LR mayoral challengers answer the city's suit — all covered on this week's podcast.
Circuit Judge Alice Gray has set a hearing March 12 on a lawsuit that asks that she enjoin use of the state's new voter ID law in the May primary elections. Also, Secretary of State Mark Martin has filed a response defending the law.
The city of Little Rock has announced a weekly stop of a mobile produce market to fill a hole left by the closure of City Market on 12th Street.
Lapses in school security are an argument for, not against, gun control measures. It's time to debate them all, from something as simple as more public health research to a ban on assault weapons.
A rainy open line cheered by corporate rejection of the NRA.
Tom Dillard, the retired head of special collections at the University of Arkansas and weekly history columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, turned his Sunday colum
Vox has a report comparing the states on one measure of the fight against opioid addiction, the ratio of providers of a drug used to treat opioid disorder and the number of opioid deaths in a state. Arkansas fares poorly.
The corporate backlash to the NRA continues and this development could go beyond the end of deals with rental car companies.
The open line and more gun talk, specificaly Gov. Asa Hutchinson's appearance on CBS; his support for more guns in schools, and his plans to talk with Donald Trump about guns this week.
The Libertarian Party of Arkansas held its nominating convention recently and came up with a slate of 33 candidates for state and local political office.
The licensing of medical marijuana cultivation facilities begins Tuesday in Arkansas. Chaos, conspiracy theories and legal confusion seem certain to follow.
The current legislative budget session is fairly hum-drum, but an expected special session immediately after seems likely to be more contentious. Add hog waste and the Buffalo River to an agenda that already includes a fight over the cost of prescription drugs.
A cautionary tale from Amarillo, Texas, about putting more guns in public places, including school classrooms, for safety.
When Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) joined in the fake Facebook meme about use of "actors" to portray Florida high school students, he was following in a long tradition of baloney, often tinged with bigotry.
A group hoping to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2018 to legalize more casinos in Arkansas and devote tax revenues to highways has submitted an altered proposal to the attorney general's office.A significant change seems to have brought support from the existing casino duopoly at Southland Park in West Memphis and Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs.
Democrat Jim Wallace, a political novice, has announced for Senate District 5, currently held by Republican Sen. Bryan King. King first faces a primary challenge from Rep. Bob Ballinger.
Read this from Tampa newspaper: A column about the woman for whom Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was named. She'd be standing with the young people, it seems safe to say.
Jan Morgan made it official Monday by filing to oppose Gov. Asa Hutchinson in the Republican primary.
Here's the Monday open line, plus headlines and comment.
The squeaky billionaires get the grease. School "choice" ideas favored by the richest people in Arkansas — school vouchers and state money for charter school buildings — are getting additional support from Gov. Asa Hutchinson
On Feb. 23, the Historic Arkansas Museum kicked off its first History Is Served dinner, where local chefs create a multi-course meal inspired by traditional Arkansas food culture. First up were Chefs Michael Selig and Gilbert Alaquinez of 42 Bar and Table at the Clinton Center. They did food inspired by Quapaw cooking, including sunflower seed cakes, lima bean succotash, New York strip-style bison topped with sweet potato frites and a flourless chocolate torte.
Rutledge, other Republicans move to kill Affordable Care Act (and some Americans while they're at it)
20 Republican state attorneys general, including Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, have gone to court to drive a stake through the Affordable Care Act.
KUAF's Jacqueline Froelich takes a look at a monastic community in remote Marion County, the Purple People.
Five permits for cultivation of marijuana for medical use are to be awarded today by a state commission. An anonymous group has guessed which ones will win.
The Trump tax cut so far is spurring more buybacks of company stock than investments in new ventures.
This is big news: A 10-3 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that it was impermissible for a New York company to fire a skydiving instructor because he was gay. It is the second such ruling by an appellate court, against one in favor of discrimination in another circuit.
Reliable sources say Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Kenneth Hixson will file for the Arkansas Supreme Court seat held by Justice Courtney Goodson, who has said she'll be seeking re-election.
Legislative lips remain largely sealed, but environmentalists attempting to protect the Buffalo River from factory hog farm waste say they continue to expect emergence of legislation to override the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and clear continued operation of the C and H Hog Farm in Newton County, whose topical application of hog waste can wash into tributaries of the Buffalo.
Co-chairs of the legislative Joint Performance Review Committee have scheduled a 2:30 p.m. news conference at the Capitol to discuss their plans for improving school safety in the aftermath of the Florida massacre.
TV reporters are responding to a police call of an "officer-involved shooting" at the Bowman Heights Apartments on Markham Mesas Drive off Mara Lynn in western Little Rock.
Congratulations to The Rios, Couch Jackets, Sabine Valley, Recognizer and Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo, the five finalists in the 2018 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase.
Circuit Judge Tim Fox has dismissed the city of Little Rock's lawsuit attempting to stop two candidates for mayor for using exploratory committees to raise money in advance of the July 1 starting date in city ordinance for contributions to candidates for city office.
Advocates for expanding the recently passed medical marijuana program in Arkansas gathered at the Capitol today to speak to legislators. The 2nd annual "Patients Day" was led by Melissa Fults, a longtime proponent of medical cannabis in Arkansas.
The photograph above is terrible — it was taken in the dark from the side of a room with an iPhone. But it reveals that Henry Moore's "Large Standing Knife Edge" will have a new home: in the renovated and expanded Arkansas Arts Center.
The open line, plus news headlines and comment.
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission meeting to award five cultivation permits starts at 3:30 p.m. today. It will be streamed on the web at this link.
I happened to notice last night that Arkansas State University will travel to Tuscaloosa Sept. 8 to play a football game. Against Alabama. Which of course brings up .....
Donna Terrell, anchor on Fox 16, disclosed on last night's news broadcast that she was one of the members of a group seeking a medical marijuana cultivation permit, apparently the top-ranked application from Natural States Medicinal Cultivation.
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has posted the five commissioners' scores of the cultivation permit applications that led to five being chosen for the first round of permits.
The New York Times reports that Dick's Sporting Goods, one of the U.S.'s largest sports retailers, will stop selling assault-style rifles and require gun buyers to be 21
Alex Golden reports for the Times-Record that the Fort Smith City Council has repealed a second attempt to make panhandling illegal.
The legislature yesterday approved money to study the impact of swine farming on the Buffalo River through 2022. Hmm. Sounds like they believe the factory hog farm isn't going anywhere, permit denial or no.
Arkansas has joined another federal lawsuit seeking an end to the Affordable Care Act, state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced late Monday afternoon.
Entergy files for rate reduction to reflect recent income tax cut.
The Little Rock police today provide more information about an off-duty officer's shooting yesterday morning of a man reportedly trying to enter his west Little Rock apartment.
The Petit Jean Razorback Club nestled in Conway County is one of the state’s most zealous and active groups of Hog backers. It’s a rite of spring for the Sacred Heart Catholic Church gymnasium to host a Monday night spaghetti supper — and it is accordingly a rite of spring for the attendees to eat way too damn much of the spicy sausage and pasta and consider crash-dieting the rest of the week thereafter — and it’s always a special event when the Hogs’ head football coach gets to fire up a meaningful, and rather well-heeled, pocket of the fan base.
At least one Democrat will challenge Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's re-election bid.
The move from 1216 E. Sixth St. in the East Village to 1201 Main St. in SoMa will give Rock Town Distillery lots more room to bend an elbow in: About 10,000 more square feet than its 15,000 SF on Sixth. Expected opening is at theend of April.
The House again today defeated, by voice vote, a proposal by Sen. Will Bond to add 30 parole officers to the Department of Community Correction.