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From the Arkansas Blog

New reporting: Trump mocks conservative Christians

Of course he does. His only religion is self-worship

Atkins school superintendent dies of COVID complications

Jody Jenkins had led district since 2019. He was a member of the Atkins High class of 1981.

Dead horse flogging at the legislature: Hydroxychloroquine!

When it comes to the coronavirus, the ultraconservative wing of the state legislature is of two minds.

French Hill dodges another debate with Joyce Elliott

What's he afraid of?

Today's news and open line: COVID-19 and the schools.

Trump, taxes and school turmoil are in the roundup today.
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Coronavirus today: Another 800-plus day UPDATE

Also 21 more deaths. The state is adding them at better than 100 per week.

UPDATE: Superintendent says 69 teachers could face discipline; teachers to reconsider tonight continuing job action

School proceeded normally, superintendent says. Teachers may reconsider job action in face of public backlash.

Board puts off cut in pharmacy benefits until 2022

Amy Fecher, secretary of the Department of Transformation and Shared Services, said the move was a compromise with a focus group.

Is there already a path to ensure absentee votes count? UPDATE

An earlier case recognized the lack of due process for absentee ballots found out of compliance.

LREA president talks on virus safety issues in school

Teacher group leader says schools are not safe for in-person instruction.
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From Rock Candy

Amy Garland, Mandy McBryde, Joe Sundell and more on for John Prine tribute concert in SoMa

Local musicians pay tribute to Prine's memory for the benefit of Washington Elementary School.

More Chris Maxwell and Elegant Too: 'Bob's Burgers' greenlit for 12th and 13th seasons

"Bob's Burgers" fans can plan to hear a lot more from Arkansas songwriter Chris Maxwell and his duo Elegant Too.

Graham Gordy to pen series adaptation of "Florida Man"

Arkansas-based screenwriter and producer ("Quarry," "True Detective," "Antiquities") Graham Gordy will pen a limited series based on Tom Cooper's novel "Florida Man."

2020 Living Treasure Warrick to be honored with virtual event

Tune in to the Arkansas Arts Council's social media platforms for video and interview.

Double dose of David Arquette coming with a Filmland screening and "12 Hour Shift," filmed in Jonesboro

Actor, producer, director and professional wrestler David Arquette has found a lot of reasons to stay connected to Arkansas, his marriage to Hope native Christina McLarty Arquette not least among them, and he'll be popping up on screens in Arkansas in October for his work in two films: "You Cannot Kill David Arquette" and "12 Hour Shift." 
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Jeff Nichols is making a podcast about 'Hank the Cowdog' and Matthew McConaughey is the cowdog

Arkansas filmmaker Jeff Nichols ("Loving," "Take Shelter," "Mud") is writing, directing and producing a podcast adaptation of "Hank the Cowdog," a children's mystery series based on books by John R. Erickson, Deadline says, with Nichols' "Mud" colleague Matthew McConaughey as the titular sleuth. 

Fundraising reaches $122.7 million for new Arts Center

The 2019-20 fiscal year was one for the books.

"Ansel Adams in Our Time" opens at Crystal Bridges

More than 100 photographs by the man who defined American photography are accompanied by works contemporary artists.

Recommended reading: Olly Neal's autobiography "Outspoken"

“You might not believe that an inexperienced health clinic director could become a civil rights bogeyman or hero depending on who you were talking to," Neal's summary reads. "I was. And it all happened in a flash.”

Melba Pattillo Beals speaks at Sept. 23 installment of Oxford American's Landmark Series

"No Tears Suite" gets a release on Sept. 25, and you can catch a discussion with Melba Pattillo Beals and the musicians on Sept. 23 at Oxford American's Landmark Series.
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Fall weather, science, soul and more this weekend

Fall is finally here, so dust off your fall hoodie or jean jacket. Take in an outdoor show and dine or drink in SoMa or Argenta this weekend.

Cannibal & Craft nightclub set to open in former Ernie Biggs space

Cannibal & Craft, a cocktail lounge and nightclub that opened in 2015 in Fayetteville, is coming to Little Rock, to the space formerly occupied by Ernie Biggs.

Wicked Taco Factory opens downtown

Melanie Aquino took over Grills On Wheels in 2013, and said she’s been wanting to open a brick and mortar store for four years, but was on the fence for a while.  “I finally came around to the idea that this could be a good thing,” she said.

The Creek Rocks, "I Scream Social," a laser safari and more this weekend

A few spots to hit for food and entertainment this weekend.

Three Fold talks about the process for making 'mo'

Is there a more fastidious restaurateur in Central Arkansas than Lisa Zhang, owner of Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co.? The last time I interviewed her she told me that she had determined that one dumpling includes 24 ingredients and takes 21 steps to finish. Today, in similar spirit, the restaurant's Facebook page delves into the process for making the "mo," or buns (usually served in sandwich form at Three Fold).
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The Faded Rose reopens its dining room

The Faded Rose, Ed David’s nearly 40 year-old-New Orleans-style Cajun and Creole restaurant on Rebsamen Park Road, opened its dining room to the public today after nearly six months of scaled-back to go/curbside service and — starting in late July — patio dining. 

Labor Day weekend dining plans?

The workforce has earned a day of celebration for who they are and what they do. This Labor Day shouldn’t be hard. Let us do the strategizing for you. 

Rainy day patios, because bad weather shouldn't rule out good food

Now that dining in the open air is deemed a safer option than eating indoors, restaurants with comfortable patios are catching the eyes (and dollars) of Central Arkansas diners. So what do we do in a late summer characterized by tropical storm winds and an unseasonable amount of rain? We decided to put a list together of rain-or-shine restaurant patios for our readers.

Charlee's Good Time Drinkery brings eats, drinks and flamingos to Prospect Building

Rodge Arnold, owner of Charlee’s Good Time Drinkery, understands the demand for good quality late-night grub. “I’ve been in the business for 16 years,” he said. “I actually worked here 10 or 11 years ago, when it was Salut.” 

Three Fold Mobile adds shaved ice to its offerings

Three Fold’s most popular ice is lychee, a tropical fruit native to southeastern China. “A lot of people describe it like a very ripe grape or kind of a floral taste,” general manager Rebecca Yan said.
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