A gang-related shooting recently on Wright Avenue has sparked a news conference today by Arkansas Stop the Violence. The group will be joined by City Director Ken Richardson for a "Black Lives Matter" news conference at Wright Avenue and Battery Street at 2 p.m. today. /more/
Report from KARK on the theft of three sculptures worth almost $30,000 from the sculpture garden in Riverfront Park. The park has been hit by sculpture thieves before and, again, the bronzes were cut off in a destructive manner that raises the possibility they were taken for scrap sale. /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.
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.
Oaklawn Park has answered the question about whether legislators will continue to get hundreds of dollars worth of free passes to thoroughbred races after adoption of Issue 3, which bans most gifts of value by lobbyists. It's not going to charge admission to anyone this year. Now what about Razorback football tickets?
The New York Times reports that some Republicans are trending away from the lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key approach to criminal justice embraced by the party's old guard, in part out of a recognition that minority votes matter now more than ever. Asa Hutchinson wants to reach out to black voters — what better place to start?