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Walmart support for anti-LGBTQ lawmakers

Walmart talks a good equality game but its political money supports people who don’t.

Artists chosen for new Arkansas statues in D.C.

A look at new state statues

Hoxie police report attack by man with iron pipe

Two officers were hospitalized after a man with a pipe attacked Hoxie police this morning. He was subdued, but not before taking one officer's gun and firing it.

Today's news: COVID, crime, courts and Cotton

The Flag Day news roundup.

Coronavirus today: Slow Monday, particularly on shots

No break in the usual pattern today.
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61 arrested in effort to reduce violent crime in Little Rock

The arrests cover 78 felony charges.

ACLU seeks quick action to block Arkansas abortion ban

ACLU hopes for quick order to stop new Arkansas abortion ban.

Judge indicates reluctance on Gilbert Baker's proposal for jury questions and instructions in his bribery trial

Judge has reservations on defense ideas on limits on jury in the Gilbert Baker bribery trial.

Arkansas seeing rise in COVID-19 as, surprise, vaccination rate lags

You can tell someone from Arkansas. You just can't tell them much.

Two cities, two historic massacres: Memory and trauma in Tulsa and Elaine

Right now, most of the white elected officials in Arkansas seem willing to ignore the fact that Arkansas was a part of the Red Summer of 1919. We must learn that our past will continue to be our present, and will be cemented into our future, if our state does not officially acknowledge and reconcile its past beyond ubiquitous discussions of the 1957 Central High School integration crisis.
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From Rock Candy

Punk rock baseball and 'The Sandlot' tonight at Interstate Park

Punk rock baseball at Interstate Park tonight.

Judy Tenenbaum dead at 71

Argenta Community Theater co-founder and philanthropist Judy Tenenbaum died unexpectedly last Thursday.

Arkansauce, Erin Enderlin, The Salty Dogs among winners at 2021 Arkansas Country Music Awards

The Arkansas Country Music Awards, held Monday, June 7 at Reynolds Performance Hall on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas, paid tribute to The Natural State's legacy of country music with performances from Amy Helm, Bonnie Montgomery, Shawn Camp, Mark Currey and others.

Check out this illustrated history of Louisiana's first Black lieutenant governor, penned by UA Little Rock prof Brian Mitchell

Mitchell worked with editor Nick Weldon and illustrator Barrington Edwards on the book, which follows Dunn as he was born into slavery, emancipated at age 10, elected lieutenant governor of Louisiana in 1868 and died mysteriously in 1873, just as he was poised to become Louisiana's first Black governor.

Weekend To-Do List: Erin Enderlin, 'Baggo, Brats & Blues,' Rev. Horton Heat with Dale Watson and more

Erin Enderlin at the Old State House Museum, the Big Red Ball Homebrew Contest, Charlotte Taylor at The Rail Yard for Habitat for Humanity and more.
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Free outdoor concerts every Sunday in June at Red & Blue: Levelle Davison, Isaac Alexander, Salty Dogs, John Paul Keith and more

Note "Rhythm in the Rock," a music and food fest going up every Sunday afternoon in June at Red & Blue Event Venue (1415 W. 7th St).

'Put some beef on it': Five Questions with Joe Yoder of Joe and The Feels

"Beef" and the rest of the tracks on "Unsupervised," like Yoder's music with Little Rock outfit The See, are the sort of melody-driven pop rock anthems made for howling along to in a sweaty circle of friends at a concert — were they not concocted in a concertless era.

Bobby Bones crushes a school bus and dangles above the Grand Canyon for new Nat Geo show

Garland County native and radio/TV mogul Bobby Bones has a new show on the National Geographic channel called "Breaking Bobby Bones."

Weekend To-Do List: Rodney Block at Wildwood, Pride Gay-llery Walk in Hot Springs, Tails and Tunes at the zoo

Rodney Block at Wildwood, a Pride-themed art walk through downtown Hot Springs and an after-hours shindig at the zoo this weekend.

Intermission's End: A post-pandemic concert fashion slideshow

We caught up with concertgoers at the door of a beloved pizza dive to take the temperature of post-pandemic concert fashion in Little Rock.
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Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill reopening July 7

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership announced yesterday on Facebook that Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill will be reopening on July 7, more than four months after a water main rupture flooded the restaurant's basement during the snowstorm that hit Arkansas in February.

Historic Arkansas Museum celebrates the tomato in second History is Served dinner

Tickets are sold out for the second dinner in the 2021 “History is Served: Arkansas Foodways Dinner Series," which features a tomato-centric menu by Scott Rains of Table 28. But more meals are planned.

Count Porkula BBQ announces additional location, partnership with JTJ Restaurants

Count Porkula BBQ, a food truck turned brick and mortar restaurant housed within The Rail Yard at 1212 E. Sixth St., announced a partnership with Jim Keet’s JTJ Restaurants to open its first stand-alone location in early 2022.

Lonoke County's Finest: The Grumpy Rabbit is field trip-worthy

The Grumpy Rabbit is destination dining.

"I want the tacos for dipping" — Quesabirria via La Casa De Mi Abuelita Maw Maw's House

Quesabirria is their bestseller. Geovanny Villagran prefers to make birria with brisket or chuck meat cooked slowly (eight to nine hours) with a mix of dry peppers and Mexican spices.
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Food Truck Friday and vaccinations Saturday at Simmons Bank Arena

Today's the last chance to catch Food Truck Friday at Simmons Bank Arena.

Get Certified 

Certified Pies opened up the first week of October, becoming the first ghost kitchen pizza concept in Arkitchen and the only Black-owned pizza business in Little Rock.

'What'chu Eatin' Wednesdays' brings food trucks to Library Square and CALS Williams Library

The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square has recently launched "What'chu Eatin Wednesdays," where every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. a different food truck will be in the square parked on Rock Street between the parking deck entrance and Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art. Today, Lili's gets high marks from us.

Petit & Keet reviving menu from Jacques and Suzanne for two nights

Petit & Keet is celebrating its fourth anniversary on May 18 by bringing back the dishes that made Jacques and Suzanne one of the premier spots for fine dining in Little Rock in the '70s and '80s.

Three Fold to open new location in West Little Rock

Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co. announced in an email today that it will be adding a second brick and mortar location in West Little Rock in the former Panera space located in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center at 11525 Cantrell Road.
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