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From the Arkansas Blog

The Plan (Or Lack Thereof) To Reopen Schools Edition

On this week's podcast, Max Brantley and Lindsey Millar talk about the plan (or lack thereof) to reopen schools in the fall, Attorney General William Barr's appearance in Little Rock and the city of Little Rock and Top Golf.

Judge halts Daniel Lee execution on request from family of victims

Judge agrees with victim's family plea for a delay.

Mayor acknowledges a bar/driving range wasn't in War Memorial Park redevelopment plan, but claims it 'aligns' with it. Those involved disagree.

The mayor, through a spokesman, says a little about his surprise plan to turn a major chunk of War Memorial Park over to a sports bar along the lines of (and most likely) Topgolf.

Today's news and the open line

Today's news with a special guest.

Leslie Rutledge's TV tab was $2.2 million in fiscal 2020

A new look in advertising is responsible for $511,000 of the expenses.
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Coronavirus today: The virus 'does not give up'

Coronavirus today: A visit to Sevier County brings another day with a big number of new cases.

Black, brown faculty air grievances with UA Little Rock chancellor

Among talking points: While the number of minority students is increasing, the number of Black and Brown faculty is declining.

State Police to crack down on speeding, as the speed limits rise

With speed limits rising on state highways, the State Police will be cracking down on speeders.

Michael Morton strikes out at U.S. Supreme Court on nursing home arbitration appeal

Nursing home magnate loses on finding a technicality to avoid state judgment.

Grant Hodges resigns House seat to take lobbying job

Rep. Grant Hodges resigns from the House for job with Northwest Community College.
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From Rock Candy

2nd Friday Art Night concert at Old State House canceled, but shows go on

But virtual 2nd Friday events go, and an in-person show opens at The New Gallery.

"Vietgone" playwright Qui Nguyen speaks Friday morning for Murphy Arts District event

El Dorado native Qui Nguyen talks about his theater, playwriting and screenwriting career with Murphy Arts District tomorrow morning via Facebook Live.

Cheers! City allows takeout cocktails in SoMa; Food Truck Festival canceled; outdoor concert scheduled

News about downtown dining and music.

Aj Smith, Marjorie Williams-Smith: "A Path Forward"

"A Path Forward" can be seen online.

A Q&A with David Hill on his new book 'The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice'

A son of Hot Springs writes about the mob and gambling.
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Baroque 2.0: Soprano Elijah McCormack makes ancient music feel new again

For male soprano Eli McCormack, ancient music has everything (and nothing) to do with gender identity.

Control marks the return of the neighborhood record store

The story of Control, Hillcrest's favorite record shop.

Read about Rosie Lee Tompkins, quilter extraordinaire with Arkansas roots

The New York Times reviews her retrospective, now only online.

'Tell My Mama I’m Back': Joshua Asante on depression, diamonds and keeping his new single 'as Black and as spacey' as he could make it 

Tracked and mixed in spaces adjacent to Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock, Asante's new pair of songs make a pretty clear case for why he calls his music “astral soul.”

Arts Center approves bare bones FY ‘21 budget

For the fiscal year beginning July 1, the budget is $5.08 million.
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Sami Lal takes the kitchen to the curbside

In the midst of a pandemic, Sami Lal solidifies his reputation as one of the most charismatic and charming front-of-the-house personalities in the Little Rock food scene.

Quarantine Kitchens: Little Rock's home cooks show us their eats

The Arkansas Times persuaded a few home cooks to tell us about their favorite meals during the extended stay at home, and about the ways in which their relationship to food has changed during the pandemic. 

Add Atlas Bar to COVID-19 victims

Owner Tony Poe makes the announcement.

Al fresco: Flyway Brewing and The Root Cafe turn parking lots into patios

Folks are looking for safe outdoor dining options, and with the help of city leaders, a few local restaurant owners have found a way to use parking lots to host diners in the open air. 

Hill Station, Pantry, Petit & Keet announce temporary closures

Some restaurants that have opened are taking no chances in this time of COVID-19, as evidenced by temporary closures.
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Eggshells Kitchen Co. under new ownership

Beth Porter has been shopping at the Eggshells Kitchen Co. since she and her husband moved to Little Rock in 2007, the same year it opened. Now, she’s the store’s new owner.

Brood and Barley opens in Argenta

Brood & Barley, a new restaurant from the owners of Flyway Brewery, will open in the space that once housed Core Brewery. 

To market, to market: Farmers are selling again

With an assist from the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agricultural Cooperative Extension, we’ve compiled information on some of the many markets in Arkansas.

Brave New Restaurant re-opens with a brave new routine (and a lot more plants)

Chef Peter Brave and his crew are open for business after a two-month pandemic hiatus.

La Hacienda Benton returns to curbside service after patrons refuse masks

La Hacienda’s Benton location reversed course this week on re-opening its dining room after patrons refused to wear masks in accordance with state directives.
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