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Rapert continues to press for Texas-style abortion law

"All the Governor has to do is call a special session of the legislature with the Heartbeat Bill on the agenda and we will pass it," Rapert said. "We don’t need to wait on the U.S. Supreme Court for guidance."

Little Rock board approves ordinance that returns redistricting authority to city manager

The Little Rock Board of Directors, in a vote of 8-2, approved Vice-Mayor Lance Hines' ordinance that removes the director of planning and development from part of the redistricting process. The vote is the latest in an ongoing struggle for primacy between the mayor and the City Board.
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Little Rock board delves deep into controversial Blackshire settlement

The controversy surrounding a proposed settlement of a lawsuit against the city of Little Rock over the shooting death of Bradley Blackshire spilled into public view at Tuesday's Little Rock Board of Directors meeting.

Open line

Over to you...
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Tax cut fever in Arkansas

How low can they go? The governor wants tax cuts; some Republicans want to cut all the way to zero. Some perspective...

West Memphis police ordered to respond to records request on evidence in West Memphis 3 case

The West Memphis Police Department has been ordered to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request sent by Patrick Benca, an attorney representing Damien Echols. 
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Governor outlines plan for tax cuts but delays special session

Governor Hutchinson outlined his tax-cut agenda, but announced that the special session will be delayed. Plus the daily COVID-19 update and some modifications to COVID quarantine policies in K-12 schools.

Henderson State homecoming court ditches the gender binary — and dazzles

Don't tell the Arkansas legislature, but Henderson State University students aren't hung up on gender identity.
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Workers complain of foul chemical at Mountaire Farms poultry plant

The Counter has a good report on troubling working conditions at a Mountaire Farms poultry plant in Robeson County, North Carolina. Mountaire Farms, the fourth largest poultry producer in the nation, is owned by Ronald Cameron of Little Rock, a reclusive mega-donor to Republican politicians, including millions to organizations that backed Donald Trump.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which includes KATV, hit with ransomware attack

It happened over the weekend and continued to disturb broadcast at least through yesterday.
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Arkansas woman dies of COVID-19 weeks after giving birth

Meet Meat Man

Eat Meat Man.

A birthday weekend of Hot Springs takeout

A rooftop birthday in the spa city.

Showdown on city redistricting coming to Little Rock Board

Little Rock city government watchers will not be surprised to learn that the Board of Directors is not unanimously in support of Mayor Frank Scott Jr. taking the reins on redrawing the city's wards as required every 10 years after Census results. Director Lance Hines wants the board to pass an ordinance that puts the redistricting process solely under the purview of the city manager.

The latest coronavirus numbers and open line

It's a Monday line.

Arkansas legislators sign bizarre letter that makes phony claims about the 2020 election

Five Arkansas legislators just can't let it go.

Little Rock mayor proposes dramatic changes to ward boundaries

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has shared with members of the city board of directors two proposals for redrawing the city's seven wards as required by redistricting. The one recommended by the mayor dramatically reshapes wards downtown, midtown and in the central part of the city.

UA frat raffles off AR-15, stupidity ensues

Come on, dads. This would never happen on moms' weekend.

Heiress's donation further ties Leslie Rutledge's attorney group to Jan. 6 insurrection

The Republican Attorneys General Association, to which Arkansas's Leslie Rutledge belongs, was a major funder of the Jan. 6 rally-turned-riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Horrendous domestic violence call in Fort Smith leaves three dead, officer hospitalized

The officer is expected to survive after a brutal knife attack.
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