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From the Arkansas Blog

Today's headlines and your Monday open line

For the third year, MLK Day stands alone in Arkansas due to legislation passed in 2017 separating the holiday from Robert E. Lee Day; LREA says LRSD is violating district policy in handling of teacher ‘nonrenewals;’ and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg marches in Little Rock's MLK Day parade.

Jan Morgan among speakers at pro-gun rally in Richmond

No reports of violence at today's pro-gun rally in Richmond, where authorities enacted extra security measures.

ArkanTalk: An interview with Tracy Steele

In this episode, Jimmy interviews North Little Rock mayoral candidate Tracy Steele who talks about his campaign, time at the State of Arkansas MLK Jr. Commission and his vision for North Little Rock.

Hutchinson: Opposes impeachment but Trump's behavior not "ideal"

Hutchinson said that he would not want to vote for someone who made foreign aid contingent on investigating personal political enemies, but he said that Trump's alleged behavior did not rise to the level of an impeachable offense. 

Big, bold ideas needed: Q and A on future of LR Parks with Jesse Gibson

Jesse Gibson is a Little Rock lawyer and chairman of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, which plays an advisory role in city parks issues and is involved in the repurposing of War Memorial and Hindman parks.
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Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg marches in Little Rock's MLK Day parade

The presidential candidate is in town today; expect to see more of him on local airwaves as Super Tuesday approaches.

MLK Day morning news roundup

Likely going to be a slow news day with the holiday today. Here's a roundup to start the day. 

Sunday open line

Over to you...

Apparent suicide at prison in Pine Bluff

David Shabazz, 53, was found at 6:30 p.m. last night hanging from the cell bars with a bed sheet wrapped around his neck. 

Medical Marijuana Commission pressures dispensaries to open as slow rollout continues

The state's licensing commission is putting pressure on dispensaries to open to the public soon or potentially lose their licenses.
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From Rock Candy

Art to see in Little Rock this week: A slideshow

Here's a preview of what's coming Thursday, Jan. 16, to the Windgate Center for Art + Design at UA Little Rock.

JeanFo, 1931-2020

The sculptor JeanFo, formerly of Hot Springs, has died in France.

Lori Petty to appear at Spa-Con!

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Lori Petty, known to comics fans for her portrayal of Tank Girl in the movie of the same name and for her starring role more recently in the hit TV show, “Orange Is The New Black,” will be a celebrity guest at Spa-Con V in Hot Springs September 18 – 20.

"Beaker Street" is back

With Clyde Clifford's retirement from a decades-long day job in the rearview mirror (barely), beloved rock radio bulletin "Beaker Street" is slated for a revival on Arkansas Rocks.

"Uncut Gems" is feverish and inspired

"Uncut Gems” builds a genre-busting tale of crime and debt and chutzpah around an instantly indelible character named Howard Ratner, absolutely the last person in the world you’d want to play chicken against.
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Popular: Five Questions with Allison Bailey of "Wicked"

Allison Bailey's Glinda is fabulously polished, countering Suskauer’s wry Elphaba with physical humor and playful vocal delivery. We caught up with Bailey ahead of performances of "Wicked" in Little Rock, which run at Robinson Performance Hall through January 19.

Art to look forward to: A slideshow preview

A look at what's coming to Central Arkansas galleries in January.

The inclusive museum: Crystal Bridges adds more work by women

Work by Amy Sherald, Marie Watt, Lorraine O'Grady and Dyani White Hawk joins the collection.

'The Rise of Skywalker' disappoints

The cast is fine. The effects are fine. The sense of wonder and adventure and beauty are all fine. What’s missing is any sort of payoff that suggests the keepers of these stories cared about them as anything other than an ATM.

Outlaw nation: Professional bull riding's new rockstar is from Hamburg, Arkansas

When Chase Outlaw (that’s really his name) goes into the bucking chute now, the announcers broadcast the story of his infamous comeback across the arena, and an X-ray of his mutilated face flashes on every screen, projecting an image of his eye socket looking like a chewed up piece of tobacco.
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FeastMode! Rocky's Corner, Hot Springs

There is no shortage of pizza options in Hot Springs, just ask our friend Gina over at Rocky's Corner!

Black Angus moving

Black Angus, a Little Rock restaurant that has been around for decades, has announced it has lost its lease on its location near the corner of Rodney Parham and Shackleford.

Cheap Eats: Five local lunches under $5

Little Rock has more stellar lunch spots than we deserve, and it’s entirely possible to escape most of them without busting your budget for the entire day. Here, we highlight a few steals for the noontime hour.

Kream Kastle is a greasy spoon and a living fossil

Kream Kastle has no social media presence whatsoever. Neither does it take orders through various delivery apps. One might be tempted to call this place a throwback to an earlier era, an atavism, a living fossil. But we just call it that little drive-in on Highway 70 — you know, that tastee-freeze between Ten Mile Creek and the Lonsdale turnoff, the place where all the trucks are parked.

Meteor leaving LR landing spot

As Allied Cycle Works goes, so goes The Meteor.
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Library Kitchen and Lounge: Book it for January

The new restaurant, in the old Gusano's location, will have a streetside to-go window, a "yard" at the front for lounging and live music on the weekends.

Copper Grill gets new owner

Dan Kovach, the former manager of Cajun's Wharf, which closed June 1, and business partner Lelan Stice are the new owners.

Plant-based pub grub: Add Ester's to the list of vegan hot spots in Little Rock

Alleged consumer confusion has never tasted so sweet. Long may the plant-based option grow in Arkansas.

Dos Rocas relaunches as Mockingbird Bar and Tacos

Dos Rocas, which opened at 1220 S. Main St. in January, officially relaunched as Mockingbird Bar and Tacos on Thursday. Jack Sundell and Corri Bristow-Sundell, who own The Root Cafe, are now the sole owners of Mockingbird, which Sundell said will be taking an Arkansas local food approach to Latin American cuisine.

Ai Sushi I Chirashi Sushi Bowl- Hot Springs, Arkansas - FeastMode!

Sushi Chef Phin Liu shows us how he creates the Chirashi Sushi Bowl.
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