Check out this week's print Arkansas Times (also on-line) for stories about a sensational murder case; all the thigns wrong about the legislature's anti-abortion legislation, and Max Brantley's column about progress — and lack of same — for gay people and women in Arkansas. /more/
Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to fix sentencing, prisons and parole was on the menu at today's Pulaski County Bar Association luncheon at the Clinton Presidential Center, with Hutchinson's laying out a three-pronged approach which he says will at least forestall the need for a new $100 million prison by changing the behavior of parolees in order to help prevent recidivism and help them succeed at re-entering society. /more/
Professional boxer Jermain Taylor pleaded not guilty to five counts of aggravated assault and single counts of terroristic threatening and possession of a controlled substance today in Pulaski County Circuit Court. /more/
Now that the chorus of politicians invoking religious liberty against the president and local governments includes nearly every Republican presidential candidate, it is time to ask whether those who espouse religious liberty the most loudly believe in it least.
Brooke Arnold, writing in Salon, provides a personal look at life according to the teachings of a religious organization that has been influential with the Duggar family. She argues it cultivates a culture where women are more vulnerable to rape and sexual abuse.
The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported over the weekend, though the Little Rock edition did not, that it had interviewed an unnamed church elder about Jim Bob and Josh Duggar's meeting with then-State Trooper Joseph Hutchens to report Josh Duggar's improper contact with girls in the Duggar household.