By David Koon
on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 10:33 AM
Friday's dragging, so it's important to appreciate the little things ... like the fact that, on this lovely April morning, you're not locked up for life inside the near-colorless concrete tomb that is the Arkansas Department of Correction's Varner Supermax Prison near Grady in Lincoln County.
Seen below is a rather haunting video we ran across recently on the ADC's YouTube page, featuring a series of views inside Varner. Prisons are, for all kind of reasons, one of those black boxes where society forgets its problems, with access by visitors and the press strictly regulated. That makes this four-minute glimpse at day-to-day life inside the walls, as stark as it is, a rarity.
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families have compared the cost and impact of two tax relief bills that came out of the House committee this morning — Gov. Asa Hutchinson's income tax cut for those making less than $21,000 a year and Rep. Warwick Sabin's bill to give an earned income tax credit to state taxpayers equal to 5 percent of the /more/
As our legislators return to work this week, they will take up House Bill 1040, preventing athletic trainers from practicing in nonclinical settings and severely restricting what they can do to provide assistance to students. /more/
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