Arkansas history

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:33:00

Arkansas's monuments to white people

Recommended: A report by KUAR's Jacob Kauffman on monuments to the Confederacy in Arkansas, particularly at the state Capitol, and how they're viewed by defenders and critics.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 13:51:00

Haunted City: A Timeline of the Little Rock Gang Wars

In our interviews for this week's cover story we heard from gang members, community leaders, youth intervention specialists, police officers, prosecutors, city officials and citizens. We collected over 15 hours of audio and heard similar accounts of the same events. In almost every one of these conversations, for instance, we were told about the LL Cool J concert at Barton Coliseum, an AK-47 shooting that made national headlines and a daytime shooting at Burger King across from UALR. Those who lived in Little Rock in the '90s may remember these events, but for those who didn't, we compiled this timeline.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 07:00:00

Not saying we should have a new state flag, but just in case...

The apple blossom, Arkansas’s state flower, appeared in one entry centered on a field scattered with stars representing the United States, with thirteen rays recalling the original states.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 08:26:27

What's the oldest restaurant in Arkansas?

Kat Robinson of tiedyetravels lists the 10 oldest restaurants in Arkansas in the course of correcting a national website's claim for a general store in Oark.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 06:37:00

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash. And I used to live here.

Friend Kat Robinson has a big post on her Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism blog about an outing to the Historic Dyess Colony, a heritage site and future tourist attraction that is to open to the public in August. She has lots of pictures and background on the work Arkansas State University has done to preserve the boyhood home of Johnny Cash as well as other historic places in the region.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 11:03:00

Food truck court proposed across from Capitol

The Capitol Zoning District Commission is to consider a proposal Thursday for a food truck court across West Third Street from the state Capitol. Proposed demolition of some Quapaw Quarter structures also has spurred debate.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 15:55:00

Arkansas: It gets a C in survey on teaching civil rights

A new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center ranks the states on how well they teach civil rights. Arkansas gets a C. Some other Southern states get an A.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 08:14:00

Lee Lorch, a figure in Little Rock's '57 crisis, dies at 98

The New York Times carried a lengthy obituary yesterday on desegregation activist Lee Lorch, a college teacher whose work in breaking down segregation barriers in Manhattan housing was his lead accomplishment. But he also played a role in the Little Rock school desegregation crisis in 1957.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 06:26:00

Huge fire at vacant Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs

The landmark Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs, vacant since 2006 and recently boarded up, caught fire last night and kept burning as dozens of firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. Coverage of the spectacular fire kindled memories among thousands of Arkansans from the resort hotel's happier days. The fire was still burning this morning.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 14:59:00

Right-wing publication runs into obstacles searching Clinton gubernatorial archives

The Washington Free Beacon, which received a lot of attention recently for mining the Diane Blair papers at the University of Arkansas for documents related to potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, hasn't had similar success with gubernatorial papers of Bill Clinton housed at an archive in downtown Little Rock connected to the Central Arkansas Library System.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 08:48:00

How Arkansas came to minority rule, which now puts sick working people on the chopping block

An early look at this week's column by Ernie Dumas, who provides a history lesson on how Arkansas came to be the only state in the union that allows a Arkansas is not the only state to fool around with minority rule, but killing health insurance for 150,000 or so citizens next month will push the state far into the vanguard of states that have experimented with it.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 10:41:00

They're still fighting the Civil War in Florida

Great story in New York Times about an enormous controversy in Florida over a proposal to add a Union memorial to a Civil War battleground state park that only contains Confederate monuments currently.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 06:23:00

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr: Over his head in a shallow pool. The office should be abolished

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning reported on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's unhappy conversation with a legislative auditor over the findings that he'd abused his office expense account by charging for personal travel, not allowed by the Arkansas Constitution.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 09:14:00

Charlie Cook on JFK assassination and the Arkansas Razorbacks game

Don't miss yesterday's fascinating look at Arkansas connections to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and its aftermath, which took place 50 years ago today.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 06:47:00

Fences, neighbors and the historic Quapaw Quarter

A Tweet from Gabe Holmstrom last night alerts me to the final chapter of a long-running battle over fences in the historic Governor's Mansion neighborhood of the Quapaw Quarter.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:20:00

The Little Rock Nine: Paying it forward

The Little Rock Nine Foundation has established a scholarship fund at the University of Arkansas School of Public Service.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 11:21:00

Jazz by Kirk Whalum on the grounds to mark Bethel AME's 150th anniversary

Sharon Jones wrote to ask if I'd provide some publicity on a big free event Sunday, Sept. 8 at Bethel AME Church at 815 W. 16th Street.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 10:18:00

Ernest Dumas recalls joining the 1963 march on Washington; was history made?

First-person history in Ernie Dumas column this week. A young newspaper reporter from South Arkansas drove up to Washington to join the throng that gathered on the Capitol mall Aug. 28, 1963 for speakers who included John Lewis, Daisy Bates and, if not so famously then, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 09:58:00

'Ghost' Dr Pepper sign revealed in building demolition

We wrote earlier about the unhappiness of historic preservationists when the Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services demolished the former Massery laundry on Seventh Street to make way for a future expansion.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 16:55:01

Cal Ledbetter dies at 84

Dr. Calvin R. Ledbetter Jr., a retired UALR professor and dean and former state legislator, died today at 84.

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