The Rocket Slide in North Little Rock's Burns Park, a familiar feature to park goers for years, was damaged by vandals earlier this year. Mayor Joe Smith will unveil the new and improved version at 11 a.m. Friday and it will be ready for kids' sliding this weekend.
Metroplan will vote Wednesday on a waiver of the six-lane freeway limit in its regional transportation plan to remove one obstacle to building a huge concrete gulch through the center of Little Rock — 10 lanes of freeway and even more concrete in some spots — to hasten the movement of traffic to and from suburbs to the detriment of quality of life in the city. Big surprise: the business establishment's drum major Mayor Mark Stodola, wants to pour the concrete. /more/
North Little Rock moved last night to clean up unconstitutional taxpayer subsidies of chambers of commerce and other private corporations that promote economic development. They have farther to go than city officials indicated last night. /more/
Despite North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith's earlier optimism, there won't be a special sales tax election this year, maybe ever, to see if his city's voters would dedicate a penny to providing a new home for the Arkansas Arts Center in downtown Argenta. /more/
Mayor Mark Stodola says he has "options" for building a new facility for the Arkansas Arts Center in its current hometown of Little Rock. Details not yet forthcoming. Meanwhile, political considerations mount up. /more/
A petition drive urges North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith to move quickly to enact a non-discrimination policy in North Little Rock, particularly aimed at sending a welcoming signal to people of different sexual orientation. /more/
Leslie Peacock has news on Rock Candy about the study of a potential move of the Arkansas Arts Center to a new location on the riverfront in North Little Rock.
In short, yes, it's among possibilities being studied. /more/
North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith expects to have some news this week about a private group's polling on how city voters would feel about a sales tax to pay in part for a cultural complex that could relocate the Arkansas Arts Center and other major arts institutions. I've learned, too, that the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation might be a potential contributor to such a project. /more/
Grab an early lunch at the Main Street Food Truck Festival then head north across the Main Street bridge to North Little Rock, where an afternoon of provocative speakers is planned for today's Arkansas Times Festival of Ideas. It's free and that could include some craft beer at the end of the session.
And speaking of violence: United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will speak Monday in Little Rock at the Violence Reduction Network Summit. along with U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Thyer of Little Rock.
Response to our story about rehoming and adoption has been overwhelmingly positive, with one exception. Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena) has informed me that writing this story makes me the predator and Justin Harris the victim. I'm hellbound, apparently.
Rep. Mark Lowery, a Republican from Maumelle, has introduced a bill that would put the brakes on Arkansas's implementation of standardized testing based on Common Core State Standards. Lowery says the bill is motivated in part because legislators have been told by ADE officials, unofficially, that "the PARCC contract will not be renewed" beyond the current academic year.
Politico reports that Kathleen Harrington Kennedy Townsend says former Republican President George H.W. Bush is voting for Hillary Clinton for president. The article quotes a Bush spokesman as declining to confirm or deny.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas Republican. Thus, like the governor and the Republican-majority legislature, she intends to do everything she can to deny women comprehensive medical care, particularly abortion.
No two presidential candidates since polling began have run up negatives as massive as those of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who yet won their parties' nominations easily. "What gives?" may be the biggest political mystery in history.