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Judicial elections in Arkansas a rare source of good news

If you're a progressive in Arkansas, you have to really squint to find good news in election returns last night.

Hogs need to win in Hoover

Arkansas’s masterful 2021 baseball season reached its peak at the wrong time. Thus far, the 2022 campaign looks more like one where we’ll wonder why they never peaked at all.

Sanders already mentioned as Trump running mate

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who easily won her primary election last night and is widely predicted to easily win in November, is already being mentioned as former President Donald Trump's running mate, should the twice-impeached conman win the nomination in 2024.

King, Ballinger among legislative primaries headed to run-off

State Sen. Bob Ballinger (R-Berryville), who drew four Republican primary challengers in District 28, is headed to a June 21 runoff against Bryan King, the former state senator who Ballinger defeated in 2018. They highlight a host of legislative races with runoffs.

Arkansas's Republican treasurer candidate knows a thing or two about financial difficulties

At least it's not boring. Arkansas Republican voters go with the bankrupt ethics rules violator for state treasurer.

Release the autopsy photographs from school shootings

Let America see the reality of our collective obsession with guns. Let us see whether our broad interpretation of the Second Amendment and typical reflex to invoke some concept of “freedom” in the face of every such atrocity survives such an assault of images. 

Early, easy victories for Arkansas governor hopefuls Chris Jones and Sarah Huckabee Sanders

It's Jones vs. Sanders for Arkansas's top office.

Pulaski County early vote suggests few surprises; stream Arkansas PBS coverage

The Pulaski County early vote results are in and, to the degree that they're telling, hold few surprises. The favorites in all the constitutional offices on each side are leading, perhaps save for Sen. Mat Pitsch, who some thought might have a leg up on bankruptcy-plagued Rep. Mark Lowery, in the Republican primary for State Treasurer. Lowery is winning by almost 40% in the early totals, though Pulaski is Lowery's home county.

An 18-year-old with a gun kills 14 elementary students and a teacher in Texas

A gunman murdered a teacher and 14 elementary school children today. Hope your precious 2A rights were worth it.

COVID-19 numbers for May 24, and an open line

Five more deaths.
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Track of Today: Princeaus' 'Keanu Reeves's Puff Cereal'

Track of Today: Princeaus' "Keanu Reeves's Puff Cereal."

Hot Springs' historic Malco Theater subject of Travel Channel's 'Portals to Hell' episode

Hot Springs' historic Malco Theatre is the subject of an episode of the Travel Channel's "Portals to Hell."

Track of Today: Matt Stell's 'Man Made'

T02D: Matt Stell's "Man Made."

Seven new dancers at Ballet Arkansas; new season includes 'Dracula,' 'Sleeping Beauty' and a German-inspired Biergarten

Seven new dancers and a new season from Ballet Arkansas.

Arkansas radio legend Bob Robbins dead at 78

A cornerstone of Arkansas radio since 1967, Bob Robbins was, for many Arkansans, the king of "burnt toast and coffee time." Here, we recall his legacy with excerpts from the Arkansas Times archive from writer David Koon and from Cody Lynn Berry for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.

A Q&A with 16-year-old North Little Rock filmmaker Corbin Pitts

Pitts' film "Salad Days" premiered to a sold-out crowd this week, and is available to stream starting today. Here's how to watch it.

Track of Today: Hell Camino's 'Jaws of the Ouachita'

T02D: Hell Camino's "Jaws of the Ouachita."

The artist behind PineAcre, a TikTok account documenting small-town life in Northwest Arkansas

Nicknamed "The Wes Anderson of TikTok," artist Ashlyn Gulbranson documents life in the Arkansas Ozarks for her 60,000 followers.

Track of Today: Indy Grotto's 'Why Oh Why'

T02D: Indy Grotto's "Why Oh Why."

FreshGrass Festival in Bentonville this weekend

Margo Price and Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys, along with Amythyst Kiah, Hayes Carll, Dispatch, Amos Lee, Son Rompe Pera, Lost Bayou Ramblers, The Gravel Yard, Alison Brown, Arkansauce, Old Crow Medicine Show and folk art curated by one of the genre’s most forward-thinking ambassadors, Willi Carlisle.
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Big Bad Breakfast opening in West Little Rock June 21

The new Little Rock location will be Arkansas's first and is located at 101 S. Bowman Road. It seats 116 indoors and 12 outside, and they're hiring for both front and back of house positions.

Diet Coke, candy and cigarettes fuel peak performance for Arkansas golfer John Daly

If you're looking for some dietary guidance to help improve your game this weekend, look no further.

J&S Italian Villa in Hot Springs under new ownership

Husband and wife Saddiq and Jeannie Mir purchased the restaurant in April. Saddiq Mir previously served as Oaklawn's vice president of hospitality, overseeing the recent expansion including the hotel spa, as well as food and beverage operations.

After 10 years of Pepsi, UA finalizing deal to switch back to Coca-Cola

A beverage change is coming to the hill.

New ownership group purchases Breckenridge Village, announces multi-million dollar renovation

"The group intends to bring back the glory days of Breckenridge and revitalize it with a diverse combination of restaurants and other retail spaces," said Jim Keet, Chairman of JTJ Restaurants, LLC. "At least four restaurants with various cuisines will be a part of the new plan for the center."

Plant-based chef Alicia Watson of Little Rock wins Food Network's 'Big Restaurant Bet'

In a confessional moment before the decision was announced, Watson said, "There were eight of us at the beginning. Two of us are standing. I just want to know that I deserve it, and I have a place on this stage, and so do plants."

Ben Dickey to host Arkansas PBS monthly agricultural project 'The Growing Season'

"The Growing Season" will follow six Arkansas farmers as they work through a year on their land.

Chef Alicia Watson of Little Rock makes finale of Food Network's 'Big Restaurant Bet'

Chef Alicia Watson, owner of the Little Rock plant-based culinary wellness business Vito and Vera, has made it to the final episode of the new Food Network reality competition series “Big Restaurant Bet," which airs tonight at 9 p.m. on the Food Network and streams live on Discovery Plus, Hulu Live and YouTube TV.

Chicken Salad Chick in North Little Rock opening Wednesday, offering free chicken salad to first 100 guests

Chicken Salad Chick, a chicken salad-focused fast casual restaurant chain, is celebrating its grand opening at 3901 Warden Road in North Rock this Wednesday and giving away free chicken salad deals for a year to its first 100 guests.

Lost Forty wins bronze medal at 2022 World Beer Cup

Lost Forty Brewing announced on Friday that its Puffy Jacket Baltic Porter took home a bronze medal from the 2022 World Beer Cup in the International Dark Lager category.
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