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State supreme court justice and former U.S. attorney on witness list as bribery trial begins

Should former U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland testify, he could be cross-examined by either of two assistant U.S. attorneys he formerly supervised, Patrick Harris and Julie Peters.

Lawsuit challenges Hutchinson's early cutoff of federal unemployment benefits

Lawsuit challenges early cutoff of "life-sustaining" federal unemployment benefits to people unable to find jobw.

The Legal Victory for Trans Kids Edition

On this week's podcast, Max Brantley and Lindsey Millar talk about COVID-19 and the prohibition on mask mandates, a legal victory for transgender kids and teens and a new report that suggests a deeper reckoning is needed in the Arkansas Department of Transportation in the wake of the discovery of a crack in the Hernando DeSoto Bridge to Memphis.

I-40 bridge reopening seems likely to be pushed to August

The reopening of the I-40 bridge now seems likely to be pushed into August. Meanwhile, doesn't anybody care about revelations of broader responsibility for failed inspection work?

Today's news: Has fear encouraged more people to get vaccinated?

No thanks to Republican leadership, more people seem to think maybe this COVID-19 is a thing after all.
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Coronavirus today: Another jump in hospitalizations

Almost 2,000 new cases and 21 more hospital beds taken by COVID-19 patients. But vaccinations are up sharply.

Keith Ingram joins call for legislative action to allow local governments to impose mask mandates

Another Democrat wants action to repeal a ban on mask mandates. Wrong party, sorry to say.

Central Arkansas Water issues a reminder about tree cutting in Lake Maumelle watershed

Don't cut trees on water utility property in Lake Maumelle watershed. Or you might wind up like Dennis Rainey,

UAMS to limit patient visitors

Patients may have only one visitor per day.

Sarah Sanders vows not to fight COVID-19

Sarah Sanders will do nothing to encourage good public health to deal with COVID-19. She'll fit right in with other Arkansas political leaders.
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From Rock Candy

Change of the guard: White Water Tavern reopens in August under new ownership

Through its 45-year history, it's stayed just the way we like it: crusty, unpretentious, sweetly familiar. And here’s the good news: After a year and change of being shuttered, the place looks largely the same ahead of its reopening.

Catch Firebrand Theatre Co.'s interpretation of "The Tempest" in Conway this weekend

Through Sunday, July 11, a new theater company called Firebrand will be re-interpreting William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" on the campus of Hendrix College.

Arkansas River Wild: Samuel Ellis of Rock Town River Outfitters navigated a flood, a pandemic and a 'Lime scooter epidemic'

In addition to guided sunset tours through downtown, locals and tourists can rent kayaks and float the Little Maumelle River, rent road or hybrid bikes from the River Market or explore the bike trails at River Mountain Park on mountain bikes from Rock Town’s new location in Two Rivers Park.

To-Do List: The Rep's 'Marie and Rosetta,' Mary Gauthier, Argenta Plaza Summer Series, 'Raya and the Last Dragon' on the riverfront

Coming up: The Rep takes "Marie and Rosetta" to War Memorial Park, Mary Gauthier at Fayetteville Roots HQ, 'Raya and the Last Dragon' at Movies in the Park and more.

Meet Barbara Hendricks — lyric soprano, Swedish citizen and refugee advocate from Ouachita County, Arkansas

How Barbara Hendricks sang her way out of rural Arkansas, onto the world’s biggest opera stages and into the lives of refugees across the globe.
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New music from Little Rock trio Affection out today, 18 years after the fact

Like much of the music that’s come from Brasher, Morgan and Benjamin in the projects they’ve played in individually, Affection’s 2021 LP — recorded in 2003 — is both smart and wholly danceable.

In a nod to native Levon Helm, Fayetteville renames arts corridor project 'The Ramble'

The project will eventually connect the Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared, Nadine Baum Studios, Fayetteville Public Library, and the University of Arkansas’ Art and Design District with trails and pedestrian/cyclist connections. It is slated for completion by January 2024.

To-Do List: Hunter Foster's 'Layman,' 'Wonder Woman 1984' at the riverfront, a radio play on KABF-FM 88.3 and more

Coming up in July.

Artist V.L. Cox on 'escape velocity' and keeping an eye on home from her perch in Peekskill, New York

"I’ve had CEOs of billion-dollar international companies come up to me at events and art openings over the past few years and say, 'I’m very concerned about what’s going on down there.' They don’t care if Arkansas is a beautiful state. They don’t care about sports. They care about how people are treated and where to put their next multi-million-dollar business expansion. They care about their investments and their reputation."

'Nature always wins': Robbie Brindley talks kudzu and chaos

The images in Robbie Brindley's new book, "Kudzu and the Usual Erosion" were shot on 120 film on a Mamiya RB 67 camera — big enough to require a tripod and using a process that's "a lot more like fishing," Brindley told me. "You have to be very calm and patient.” 
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The Root suspends indoor dining amid surge of delta variant

The Root Cafe announced on Facebook and Instagram yesterday that it will be closing its dining room in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases brought on by the more contagious delta variant.

Historic Arkansas Museum to celebrate corn in third History is Served dinner

Corn will the be the centerpiece of the third dinner of the Historic Arkansas Museum's 2021 “History is Served: Arkansas Foodways Dinner Series,” taking place August 19.

Two more weeks of Arkansas Times' Burger Month

It's not too late to indulge in Arkansas Times' annual Central Arkansas burger celebration.

Jones Bar-B-Q hosts a "Fire Up That Grill" reopening event

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, one of the oldest Black-owned businesses in the country, held a grand "Fire Up That Grill" reopening event Wednesday after a fire in February nearly destroyed the restaurant, which has been in business for over a century.

A summer beer guide to battle the Arkansas heat

Here are a few Arkansas beers to look for as we finish out the summer drinking season.
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Ouzo Cake, a new menu item at the Greek Food Fest

International Greek Food Festival returns the first weekend of October

For the second year in a row, the celebration will be a "different festival for a different time," consisting of online ordering and drive-through pickup only.
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New executive chef, new general manager at Capital Hotel

Brad Izzard, a native of South Africa, has recently been rehired and named executive chef of the entire hotel. Izzard formerly served as chef de cuisine under Antunes at One Eleven, and left the hotel after the shutdown to work as a chef at a private high end country club.

Woo pig: Wright's BBQ to sponsor several Arkansas Razorback athletes

Less than a week into the new college sports era granting players the right to earn money off their names, images and likenesses (NIL), Wright's BBQ in Fayetteville made a splash Tuesday as a number of Arkansas Razorback athletes announced sponsorships with the barbecue restaurant.

Ice cream social, 'Shop & Sip' and music from the Quapaw Brass Quintet in Hillcrest tonight

The Hillcrest Merchants Association will throw its annual ice cream social tonight on the 2800 block of Kavanaugh Blvd. from 6-7 p.m. with music from the Quapaw Brass Quintet, ice cream from Hill Station and popcorn, cookies and lemonade.

Help wanted: restaurant work amid the pandemic

Serving up confusion in the time of the coronavirus.
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