City wants to lease 18 acres of War Memorial Park for a glorified sports bar. Just say no to Topgolf in our park. UPDATE

The city has, largely in secret, fast-tracked a deal to put a Topgolf bar and high-tech driving range on 18 acres on War Memorial Park. It's an outrage.

Mayor acknowledges a bar/driving range wasn't in War Memorial Park redevelopment plan, but claims it 'aligns' with it. Those involved disagree.

The mayor, through a spokesman, says a little about his surprise plan to turn a major chunk of War Memorial Park over to a sports bar along the lines of (and most likely) Topgolf.

COVID modeling: A question answered

Is it possible COVID-19 patients will fill the ICUs in Arkansas?

Committee forms to prevent popular constitutional changes

Business lobbyists form committee to make it hard for the people to petition for changes in government. They say they are "protecting" the people.

Judge halts Daniel Lee execution on request from family of victims

Judge agrees with victim's family plea for a delay.

William Barr meets the press at Governor's Mansion

William Barr joined the governor and two Republican members of Congress for a press briefing at the Governor's Mansion today. Familiar talking points.

2nd Friday Art Night concert at Old State House canceled, but shows go on

But virtual 2nd Friday events go, and an in-person show opens at The New Gallery.

The Plan (Or Lack Thereof) To Reopen Schools Edition

On this week's podcast, Max Brantley and Lindsey Millar talk about the plan (or lack thereof) to reopen schools in the fall, Attorney General William Barr's appearance in Little Rock and the city of Little Rock and Top Golf.

Alexander police officer charged with manslaughter

Manslaughter charge filed in shooting at Alexander home.

Grant Hodges resigns House seat to take lobbying job

Rep. Grant Hodges resigns from the House for job with Northwest Community College.

"Vietgone" playwright Qui Nguyen speaks Friday morning for Murphy Arts District event

El Dorado native Qui Nguyen talks about his theater, playwriting and screenwriting career with Murphy Arts District tomorrow morning via Facebook Live.

Michael Morton strikes out at U.S. Supreme Court on nursing home arbitration appeal

Nursing home magnate loses on finding a technicality to avoid state judgment.

Coronavirus today: A near record on new cases as governor announces continued commitment to on-site school, though 10 days later than planned

Coronavirus today: A near record number of new cases but the state is forging ahead with reopening schools on-site.

State Police to crack down on speeding, as the speed limits rise

With speed limits rising on state highways, the State Police will be cracking down on speeders.

Cotton-Barr events in Arkansas today

Is the cancel culture that Tom Cotton decries at work?

Today's news: Billy Barr visits COVID-19-beset Arkansas

Today's news roundup and open line.

Black, brown faculty air grievances with UA Little Rock chancellor

Among talking points: While the number of minority students is increasing, the number of Black and Brown faculty is declining.

U.S. Supreme Court says New York prosecutor may see Donald Trump's tax records UPDATE

Supreme Court keeps open a prosecutor's attempt to see Donald Trump's tax records.

UA Little Rock changes return-to-school plans

UA Little Rock fine-tunes rules for returning to school this fall.

Coronavirus today: The virus 'does not give up'

Coronavirus today: A visit to Sevier County brings another day with a big number of new cases.

UA Little Rock looking to protect its international students

"Hybrid" classes should prevent forced deportation of foreign students, school says.

Supreme Court continues bar exam schedule but will allow temporary practice by those who put off test

A waiver to practice will extend through scoring of the February bar exam.

Leslie Rutledge's TV tab was $2.2 million in fiscal 2020

A new look in advertising is responsible for $511,000 of the expenses.

Cheers! City allows takeout cocktails in SoMa; Food Truck Festival canceled; outdoor concert scheduled

News about downtown dining and music.