We interrupt our conventional parochial program with a news bulletin — a Malaysian Airlines 777 bound from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has gone down in Ukraine and some reports are saying it was shot down.
The Times Record reports that about 100 people turned out for Fort Smith lawyer Joey McCutcheon's rally to save the Rebel mascot and the "Dixie" fight song along with other trappings of the Confederacy at Fort Smith Southside High School. /more/
The Southwest Times Record reports — unsurprisingly — that a Fort Smith School Board move to remove Confederate trappings from Fort Smith Southside High School has drawn plenty of flack, along with some support. /more/
The Saturday night line is open and foreign policy wonks will be studying up on Ukraine, Crimea and such. President Obama has talked to Putin. Talks and diplomacy won't satisfy the hawks. Or maybe Ukrainians either. Nothing less than a cage match will do for warmongers like Tom Cotton. /more/
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved the form of a proposed constitutional amendment to return term limits to the old limits before a 2014 amendment put on the ballot by legislators moved the limit to 16 years (and longer for some senators depending on the luck of draws on terms after redistricting.)
Today, Rep. Greg Leding filed HB 1959, which adds four words to the state civil rights law to prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodations, property transactions, credit or the political process on grounds of "sexual orientation, gender identity." The law already protects in cases of race, religion, national origin or disabilities.
Twenty-four hours after meddling in President Obama's talks with Iran, hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton scheduled an off-the-record meeting with defense contractors, who'd be happy to supply goods for U.S. armed incursions in the Middle East.
Little Rock police responding to a disturbance call near Eighth and Sherman Streets about 12:40 a.m. killed a man with a long gun, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said in an early morning meeting with reporters.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is installing Sol Lewitt's 70-foot eye-crosser "Wall Drawing 880: Loopy Doopy," waves of complementary orange and green, on the outside of the Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. You can glimpse painters working on it from Eleven, the museum's restaurant, museum spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt said
Ted Suhl, the former operator of residential and out-patient mental health services, has lost a second bid to get a new trial on his conviction for paying bribes to influence state Human Services Department policies. Set for sentencing Thursday, Suhl faces a government request for a sentence up to almost 20 years. He argues for no more than 33 months.
Anger and frustration reigns on the Supreme Court decision to invalidate the initiated act on medical marijuana. There's talk of a legal challenge, far-fetched perhaps. But it would at least feel good, as does going ahead and casting votes for measures and candidates whose votes won't be counted.
Little Rock lawyer Jack Wagoner has posted a Q&A on his Facebook page about the Supreme Court marijuana ruling yesterday that includes a solicitation for potential plaintiffs in a lawsuit he's contemplating.
Patrick and Karen Benca have been the target of harsh criticism for their lawsuit that got the marijuana initiated act. Mara Leveritt posts an explanation and defense from Patrick Benca, who favors full legalization.