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Fact-checking Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Did three Supreme Court justices really agree with Leslie Rutledge's complaint about Judge Wendell Griffen's conduct?

LRSD Community Advisory Board recommends conversion of Hall to a magnet school

The Little Rock School District Community Advisory Board voted 5-1 to approve the recommendation of LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore and recommend to Education Secretary Johnny Key a plan to rezone high schools, in which Hall High School will become a magnet school without an attendance zone.

Jacksonville man gets 30-year sentence in child porn case

Robert Franke III, 41, of Jacksonville was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison today by federal Judge James Moody for producing explicit photos of a 15-year-old.

New prosecutor to be named in Linda Collins murder case

A new prosecutor will be appointed to handle the prosecution of Rebecca O'Donnell, charged with capital murder in the slaying last June of former Republican state Sen. Linda Collins.

LRSD Community Advisory Board to discuss high school zones tonight

The Little Rock School District Community Advisory Board will hold a special meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. at district headquarters, 810 W. Markham St, to discuss new high school zones. The meeting also gained an extra layer of importance after the State Board of Education, during a work session yesterday, discussed giving the CAB the same authority an elected board will have after November 2020.
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Today's news: Impeachment, Hillary, Wendell Griffen and Asa's thumb on LRSD

Today's news: Trump impeachment and hints at a Hillary candidacy.

Hillary does the Howard Stern show

Hillary Clinton charms Howard Stern. Is she running?

Supreme Court denies state's effort to remove Judge Griffen from marijuana permit appeal

The Arkansas Supreme Court today issued a brief order denying the state's effort to nullify orders by Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen in a marijuana cultivation permit lawsuit and also to have him removed from all cases in which the office of attorney general is involved.

Community support for Hall High key to LRSD's future

The tone of the debate regarding the LRSD high school boundary-line adjustments could make it much more difficult for Hall to succeed under any of the three options. When we tell our neighbors that “my kid will never go to Hall,” or repeat phrases like “F-rated school” or “failing,” we make it less likely that our neighbors will ever give Hall serious consideration, even if the programing and opportunities offered there are excellent.

UPDATE: Rutledge wants to hurry executions; doesn't mention opposition from family to pending Arkansas case

Leslie Rutledge naturally calls for Supreme Court to resume scheduled federal executions, despite opposition from family of an Arkansas victim of one of the condemned prisoners.
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From Rock Candy

Straight Outta Marked Tree: Five Questions with Brad Williams of The Salty Dogs

We caught up with Williams following the release of "Gold," a 29-track retrospective from Max Recordings featuring three new tracks with assists from Buck Trent and Lloyd Green, along with some of the barroom gems that have made The Salty Dogs a Little Rock treasure for the decade-plus across which the collection spans.

Kensuke Yamada: putting the 'ma' in art

UA Little Rock sculptor’s ceramic figures both invite, keep a distance.

"Small Works on Paper" artists announced

Thirty-nine artworks by 35 Arkansas artists have been selected.

Meteor leaving LR landing spot

As Allied Cycle Works goes, so goes The Meteor.

Tedeschi Trucks Band made a "joyful noise"

The Jacksonville, Fla., 12-piece outfit delivered a two-hour set of all-the-music Nov. 16, from the take-you-to-church, gospel-inflected “Joyful Noise” to the closer, a Motown-flavored “I Want More” that morphed into the Santana instrumental classic, “Soul Sacrifice.”
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Five dances, five moods in Ballet Arkansas’s “Debut”

Orson Welles once said that the enemy of art is the absence of limitation. Perhaps Michael Fothergill had a similar adage in mind when he drew up the rules for Ballet Arkansas’s most recent evening of new works.

The benefit of shamelessness: A Q&A with "That's What She Said" cofounder Leigh Wood

A Q&A with Leigh Wood, cofounder of the Northwest Arkansas live storytelling series "That's What She Said." We talk about the series, what makes a good story, and the benefit of shamelessness.

A twin city "Delta Exhibition" for 2020

The annual juried show will find a home in two Argenta galleries and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

Cannabis comedy: A Q&A with Matt Besser on his stoner stand-up special, 'Pot Humor'

A Q&A with comedian and Little Rock native Matt Besser about his new stand-up special "Pot Humor," which explores stoner culture, pot semantics and parenthood.

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.
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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.

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.
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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.

Here are the 152 brews you can try at the Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival

The fun (and the foam) kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Diamond Bear Brewing (600 N. Broadway in North Little Rock), and proceeds benefit the Argenta Arts District.

2019 Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival Preview

Clear your calendar, beer lovers. The party of the year is just around the corner. The Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival returns to North Little Rock on Friday, Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m.

Sacred and secular breweries in Arkansas wine country

Welcome to Arkansas beer country.
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