With Filmland, the sequel.
Vol 44 • No 51
'Operation Finale' closes the weekend.
On Filmland, 'Last Man on Earth' and what she misses about Arkansas.
On making "Dayveon" and more.
After almost a decade in the making.
More movement than movie.
All residents of Greene County should be vaccinated, health department says.
Representation and the rom-com.
An initiated act to raise the state minimum wage qualified for the November ballot last week and instantly became a defining political issue.
They wheeled Ol' Splitfoot right up to the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol the other day.
And much more.
A lunch counter love letter
You haven't been misreading my last three weeks' worth of possibly fever-dream-induced projections: This Arkansas football program, supposedly in transition, will take full advantage of lowered expectations and a somewhat soft schedule to get itself well into bowl position before November comes around.
How much power it will retain after November remains in doubt, but the Republican Party as historically understood is vanishing before our eyes. What remains is the Party of Trump, an authoritarian cult of personality.
It's back-to-school time, and for many it is back to blaming girls for the bad behavior of boys. Last week, two news stories out of Texas demonstrated the institutional misogyny that girls often deal with in school.
No greater joy can be experienced in a legislative body at any level than to cut taxes, especially when the beneficiaries are businesses and the well-to-do
And The Big Dam Horns come to White Water.
People under 30 are not voting in large numbers. I've heard some different reasons for this: They don't feel it will make a difference.
Play at home while waiting for the inevitable rise of the machines!
Gov. Asa Hutchinson revealed his idea for cutting taxes for the highest income taxpayers, ultimately a reduction in the top tax rate of 6.9 percent to 5.9 percent. It's a boon to the rich
More interesting blogging from Elizabeth Lyon-Ballay of Bella Vista on the deregulation of Arkansas education — this time on a singular exception among Arkansas public schools, at a school of "innovation" in Springdale, to the vaccination law.
A debate is brewing on allocation of state court judgeships, with some growing areas in need of new judges and an idea circulating to meet those needs without creating new judgeships, at the expense of other judicial districts.
The Progressive Arkansas Women PAC is throwing a fund-raiser tonight from 6 to 8 at the Albert Pike Masonic Center to help 54 women on the ballot in Arkansas.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday refused the state of Arkansas's request to activate a law aimed at putting medication abortion clinics out of business. The law requires a contract with a doctor with hospital privileges for a clinic to be able to dispense pills that induce miscarriages in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Judge orders release of Rutledge personnel records, expresses 'concern' about DHS handling of matter
Circuit Judge Tim Fox today ordered the state Department of Human Services to turn over personnel records of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge by 5 p.m. today and said he was "concerned" about how DHS had handled the requests for records of her work in 2006-07.
The University of Arkansas announces a multi-media project of art, archival research and dance about the Mena Airport saga — its use as a transshipment point for CIA activities and drug dealing by Barry Seal and others.
News and comment from Trump and the tabloids to the Mena airport. Here's your open line.
Jared Henderson has sharply criticized Gov. Asa Hutchinson's idea for a state income tax cut because of its disproportionate benefit to high-income people.
A space-Western storytelling card game created by a group of UA Little Rock employees, students and alumni, is set for an initial production run of around 800 units that will finish in January 2019.
“It’s All Done Gone: Arkansas Photographs from the Farm Security Administration Collection, 1935-1943” contains over 200 images of Depression-era Arkansas.
Please take a minute or two to answer our seven-question survey on the race for Little Rock mayor. It's quick and easy, and your responses could help shape our coverage of the election in the months ahead.
Federal Judge Billy Roy Wilson has vacated the conviction and life sentence John Brown Jr. received in 1992 for the 1988 murder and rape of Myrtle Holmes, 78, of Fordyce. Work of the Midwest Innocence Project led to the decision. The judge gave the state 30 days to retry Brown or release him.
KFSM reports on the sorry state of Fort Smith's unfinished River Valley Sports Complex, the project then-Sen. Jake Files used as a pretext to funnel state money into his own pockets.
Here's a look at a popular political slush fund — the leadership PACs established by people like Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton to raise money from special interests in luxury settings, sometimes for spending on political races, sometimes just for high living.
Ohio State University's decision to let football coach Urban Meyer off the hook for covering a rogue employee and lying about it should give people in Arkansas reason to give credit to Jeff Long where credit is due.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen has won a victory on a motion to seek communications about his ethics case from a variety of public officials including the Arkansas Supreme Court.
As Attorney General Leslie Rutledge had hoped, the state Human Services Department has given notice it will appeal Circuit Judge Tim Fox's ruling that forced the agency to release previously withheld records of Rutledge's record as a staff attorney in 2006-07 handling foster child and adoption cases.
Donnell Walker, 39, was found fatally wounded in the yard of 4608 Princeton Drive about 12:30 a.m. today. He died shortly after at a hospital from a wound to the upper body.
Republicans rush to make political hay of death of Iowa college student. Her family takes a different approach.
State Republicans' tax cut plans, the latest in the legal battle over abortion rights in Arkansas and Leslie Rutledge’s past work record — all covered on this week's edition.
A coalition of groups has announced opposition to the huge tax cut package given preliminary endorsement by a Republican-stacked study group this week.
Anthony Bland, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, has blasted Republican incumbent Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin for endorsing Issue One, to limit awards and attorney fees in damage suits and to strip the Arkansas Supreme Court of rule-making power in favor of the legislature.
TGIF: Open line and today's roundup of news and comment.
Lots of faces will light up to learn that Esse Purse Museum, Little Rock's iconoclastic museum of fashion and cultural artifacts, will open an exhibition of advertising and items from the past that glamorized cigarettes on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Jacob Scott Goodwin, 23 of Ward has been sentenced to 10 years, with two suspended, for beating a black man during a white supremacists rally last year in Charlottesville, Va.
Two groups have announced political events Sunday on state and national political issues — one to endorse state candidates, the other to protest Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The Fayetteville School District released yesterday to the Arkansas Times and others material compiled in the investigation of former Superintendent Matthew Wendt, fired in June following a sexual harassment complaint filed in March by district employee Shae Newman. It sheds little light on the School Board's handling of the matter, a topic of some interest among some school district patrons.
Here's the open line. And, for old times sake, a New York Times story Friday on the release of a long-secret report on leaking done by Kenneth Starr's, Whitewater prosecution team in the bad old days. Robert Mueller looks very good by comparison
Rep. Bob Ballinger represented corporate interests, of course, at a debate before the Northwest Arkansas Political Animals Friday on Issue One, to close the door of the courthouse to medical malpractice and nursing home negligence suits and strip the Supreme Court of rule-making authority in favor of the corrupt, corporate-controlled legislature. Ballinger's whine about mistreatment of legislators got the belly laugh he deserved.
A disturbance — perhaps a fight and some knocked-down barriers that sounded like gunshots — brought a third-quarter end to the annual Salt Bowl high school football game Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium between Benton and Bryant High Schools. Bryant was ahead 28-14, KARK reports, and the crowd of 38,000 fled in a chaotic exit.
Updated state income tax figures illustrate just how Gov. Asa Hutchinson's preferred income tax plan would favor the rich.
Here's an open line plus a statement from Little Rock police and the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department about the early ending of last night's Benton-Bryant Salt Bowl football game at War Memorial Stadium after fear of a shooting sent the crowd of 38,000 heading for the exits during the third quarter.
Three died when shooting broke out during a Madden video game tournament in Florida.
Michael Poore, superintendent of the Little Rock School District, will talk about the future of schools and attendance zones in the district at a news conference at 1:30 p.m. today at Metro Career Tech Center.
Gay voices continue to strive to be heard and respected at Harding University, the conservative, Church of Christ-affiliated institution in Searcy. A publication by LGBTQ students there reports a new school policy seemingly targeting them.
The Salt Bowl fallout — a mass exodus after an unfounded report of a shooting — includes reuniting spectators with property left behind.
From the stopped-clock school of politics: Secure Arkansas, a far-right group known particularly for opposition to immigration, lays out here many reasons to oppose Issue One, the proposed amendment that would cap damages in lawsuits, restrict attorney fees in those suits and strip the Supreme Court of rule-making power in favor of the corrupt, special-interest controlled legislature.
The state Correction Department reports the death Sunday of three inmates at the Varner unit and illicit drugs are suspected as the cause.
The daily news roundup throws a penalty flag on Donald Trump and those who wish there'd been more guns at the Salt Bowl. Here's the open line.
Donald Trump has resisted issuing a White House statement praising John McCain, has returned the White House flag to full staff and otherwise behaved like a child in response to the death of the senator from Arizona.
The elusive French Hill held a news conference today, but only the right sorts of reporters were invited. Meaning not us, naturally.
Poore's emphasis on community input was met with skepticism by state Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock), who spoke out against the LRSD's last round of school closures, in 2017.
HBO has released the first trailer for the third season of "True Detective," set in Fayetteville and elsewhere in Northwest Arkansas. It stars Mahershala Ali as Det. Wayne Hays, who's investigating something that's almost certainly grisly and haunting.
Two weekly newspapers, combining multiple titles of papers in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties, will publish their last editions this week and cease publication.
Republican attempts to capitalize politically on the slaying of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts have run into an obstacle: Tibbetts' family.
Taking a vote: You pick the best statement on the Buffalo River hog farm situation by candidates for Third District Congress.
Good news today from Michael Wickline in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: The Arkansas Senate has begun the process to live stream both Senate sessions and committee meetings beginning in January.
Dr. Fahmy Malak, the former Arkansas medical examiner, died last week in Clearwater, Fla., at age 85. He had a controversial tenure here.
Garrick Feldman, publisher of The Leader, a newspaper serving North Pulaski, Lonoke and White counties, says his newspaper will step into a void created in North Little Rock by closure this week of the North Little Rock Times.
Reed Brewer, the Democratic Party employee who successfully sued for records of Leslie Rutledge's undistinguished time as a Department of Human Services lawyer, said he has learned that there are thousands of e-mails in DHS possession that had not been turned over.
Today's news roundup ranges from the amazing grace of Mollie Tibbetts family to the petulant president. Also the open line.
The panicked exit of 38,000 people from War Memorial Stadium over a false report of a shooting Saturday night has led to new security rules for the stadium.
Hosts Antwan Phillips and state Rep. Charles Blake provide provide perspective and conversation on the Salt Bowl Situation at War Memorial Stadium, the Little Rock School District’s facility plan and community forums, and Elizabeth Eckford’s commemorative bench at Central High. They also discuss the casino amendment proposed by Driving Arkansas Forward with former state representative Nate Steel.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge continues her assault on human rights by joining other Republican attorneys general in support of the argument that it is legal under federal law to fire people for being transgender.
The Pine Bluff Commercial has a report on four fatal shootings in three days between Sunday and Tuesday night. The deaths lifted the city's death toll for the year to 15, still behind 19 on the same date last year.
The Washington Post reports an analysis of police shootings in a two-year period that finds the majority of people killed by police were white, but blacks were killed in numbers disproportionate to their percentage of the population.
Two more inmates died this morning at the Varner Supermax prison unit, the fourth and fifth deaths since Sunday as a result of suspected drug use. A prison official also confirmed about a dozen inmates had been treated earlier in the week for drug reactions, though none required hospitalization.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's request that the entire court review a three-judge panel's decision dismissing his lawsuit against the Arkansas Supreme Court for removing him from all cases related to the death penalty.
The headline roundup ranges from prison deaths to Donald Trump's side hustles. Here's the open line.
UPDATE: Police recruits settle suit over firing for social media posts; complaint against chief arises
Mediation has settled one of two lawsuits against the city of Little Rock over the firing of police recruits for racial remarks on social media. But the settlment reveals a problem for Police Chief Kenton Buckner on alleged use of a racial epithet.
The Highway Commission issued a statement today to make clear a proposed casino gambling expansion amendment provided no money for highway construction, despite what some ads seem to imply.