State supreme court justice and former U.S. attorney on witness list as bribery trial begins

Should former U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland testify, he could be cross-examined by either of two assistant U.S. attorneys he formerly supervised, Patrick Harris and Julie Peters.

The Legal Victory for Trans Kids Edition

On this week's podcast, Max Brantley and Lindsey Millar talk about COVID-19 and the prohibition on mask mandates, a legal victory for transgender kids and teens and a new report that suggests a deeper reckoning is needed in the Arkansas Department of Transportation in the wake of the discovery of a crack in the Hernando DeSoto Bridge to Memphis.

I-40 bridge reopening seems likely to be pushed to August

The reopening of the I-40 bridge now seems likely to be pushed into August. Meanwhile, doesn't anybody care about revelations of broader responsibility for failed inspection work?

Today's news: Has fear encouraged more people to get vaccinated?

No thanks to Republican leadership, more people seem to think maybe this COVID-19 is a thing after all.

Coronavirus today: Another jump in hospitalizations

Almost 2,000 new cases and 21 more hospital beds taken by COVID-19 patients. But vaccinations are up sharply.

Central Arkansas Water issues a reminder about tree cutting in Lake Maumelle watershed

Don't cut trees on water utility property in Lake Maumelle watershed. Or you might wind up like Dennis Rainey,

UAMS to limit patient visitors

Patients may have only one visitor per day.

Sarah Sanders vows not to fight COVID-19

Sarah Sanders will do nothing to encourage good public health to deal with COVID-19. She'll fit right in with other Arkansas political leaders.

Tom Cotton, scourge of Big Tech, is trolling for campaign cash in Facebook's hometown

Tom Cotton trolls for cash in Silicon Valley, home of Big Tech.

UPDATE: Familiar names on witness lists as jury selection begins in Gilbert Baker bribery trial

The Gilbert Baker bribery trial begins with the disclosure of potential witnesses.

The lawsuits to come on 'divisive concepts': A constitutional line of defense

Can public employees be arbitrarily fired for talking about racial matters. There are a couple of constitutional arguments against it,.

Free beer tomorrow: The promises to end the state income tax

Republicans keep selling the fiction that income tax cuts pay for themselves. They never have. That's why candidates have few details to back up their promise of free beer tomorrow.

Hopeless Arkansas: Leaderless and stubbornly resistant to science

Neither the governor, legislature or men on the street give cause for optimism about Arkansas responding to the new surge in COVID-19.

LRSD board approves vaccine incentive, millage outline and hears about salary hike plans

The Little Rock School District Board on Thursday voted to pay all district employees who can show proof of vaccination a $300 one-time bonus. It also approved the LRSD's COVID-19 sick leave policy, which is similar to last year's, rather than a more punitive plan that had been floated before the third surge of the coronavirus in Arkansas.

Felony warrant issued against Dennis Rainey in Maumelle watershed tree cutting

He is to surrender Friday in district court.

Little Rock begins its campaign for sales tax increase

The push begins for a half-billion-dollar spending plan.

The daily news roundup and open line

Well, at least the Whitewater Tavern is reopening.

Coronavirus today: Hospitalizations steady, but 1,860 new cases

Mixed news, with another significant rise in new cases.

Change of the guard: White Water Tavern reopens in August under new ownership

Through its 45-year history, it's stayed just the way we like it: crusty, unpretentious, sweetly familiar. And here’s the good news: After a year and change of being shuttered, the place looks largely the same ahead of its reopening.

LRSD Board to discuss employee incentives for getting vaccinated

School board members will discuss ways to encourage teachers and other school employees to get vaccinated.