The Guardian takes a look at gun control in a way that turned up a couple of Little Rock angles. The city's murder rate is higher than Chicago and it has a Republican congressman who's at least willing to talk about measures to address crime. /more/
The Hill reports on the American Medical Association's declaration that gun deaths are a public health crisis and that it will lobby to allow federal research. The gun nuts won't stand for research that could make guns safer. /more/
God, guns and gays. That bedrock Southern political triad came together in an awful way Sunday in Orlando. And Arkansas politicians don't want to touch the gay part. Meanwhile, in Texarkana, voters will get a chance to express their feelings on discrimination against gays in an election Tuesday. /more/
A national group targeting gun violence is observing National Gun Violence Day today and events are scheduled in Arkansas, including the lighting of the Arkansas River bridge in downtown Little Rock. /more/
Sgt. Kelvin Hendrix, a 25-year veteran of the Pulaski County sheriff's office, was arrested when he went to work today on a federal mail fraud charge for allegedly stealing money from a sheriff's office uniform fund and using it to buy 25 firearms from Cruse Uniforms and Equipment /more/
Layoffs at the Welspun pipe plant in Little Rock are a reminder of the folly of corporate welfare and the inability of Arkansas to separate itself from global economic forces. See the Fayetteville shale. And keep a watchful eye on that Sun Paper pulp mill proposed near Arkadelphia.
Melinda Gwin, 49, of Hamburg has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to repay $210,875 stolen from the First National Bank of Crossett. She was sentenced in El Dorado federal court, according to a Justice Department news release.
A college student and his dad who visited a gun range over the weekend for some bonding time over target practice were told to leave after the owner grew suspicious that the pair were...Muslims! Nope, not Muslims — they just happened to not be white. Either way, though, it's rank discrimination.
Legislators in town this week for orientation need bring no money for drinks and eats — special interests are picking up the tab three meals a day. The business lobby runs the social calendar for the Arkansas legislature, ethics amendment or no ethics amendment.