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Blackshire settlement awards detailed in court filing

A court filing in Pulaski County Circuit Court details the settlement awards in the Bradley Blackshire case.

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.

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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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.
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The latest coronavirus numbers and open line

It's a Monday line.

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.
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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.

Hutchinson tries to thread the needle on vaccine mandates on 'Meet the Press'

Governor Hutchinson returned to "Meet the Press" Sunday to talk about vaccine mandates. He repeated what's been his public position: government mandates bad, employer mandates OK.

The COVID report and open line

The Arkansas Department of Health reports 714 new cases of COVID-19, a decline in the number of hospitalized by four and an increase of eight people on ventilators. And here's an open line.
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No midseason feeling of despair for fans of this Arkansas football team

Coach Sam Pittman's presence so far has been one that reassures the agitated folks among us. When the Hogs would have these midseason swoons in the past, my needle always hovered somewhere between “this guy can’t hack it” and “we’ll never be any good.” I don’t have those feelings at all at this juncture.

PAC backing Bequette gets $1 million donation for primary bid to defeat Boozman

An Illinois conservative megadonor has has given $1 million to a newly formed super PAC aligned with Jake Bequette, the former Arkansas Razorback and military veteran who is mounting a primary challenge against Sen. John Boozman.

Bill Clinton hospitalized

Former President Bill Clinton is recovering in a California hospital after two days of treatment for a non-coronavirus-related infection. His spokesman Angela Urena said on Twitter, "He is on the mend, in good spirits, and incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care."

New Little Rock Director Virgil Miller promises to be independent thinker, vows to run in 2023

Little Rock banker Virgil Miller, selected Tuesday by the Little Rock Board of Directors to fill the remainder of the late Ward 1 Director Erma Hendrix's term, said today in an interview that he plans to seek election for the seat when his term expires in 2023. 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders pulls in vast majority of her millions from out of state

Donations from actual Arkansans to the Sanders campaign account for only about a third of her $11 million haul.

Shooting outside North Little Rock High School strikes a student

North Little Rock High goes on lockdown after a student is shot across the street.

Josh Duggar's effort to exclude photos of his hands denied

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Brooks has denied motions by attorneys representing Josh Duggar to suppress evidence. Duggar, of reality TV fame, is awaiting trial on federal charges of receipt and possession of photos depicting the sexual abuse of children.
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