Little Rock artist Laura Raborn has come up with an idea to fight the nightmare that the election of Donald Trump as president and a Republican-dominated Congress will mean for Planned Parenthood. Starting today, she's posting on her Instagram account (lauraraborn) "When You're a Star You Can Do Anything," the first of 15 works she will auction to support Planned Parenthood.
A federal judge has broadened her order prohibiting the state from stopping federal Medicaid funding for health services provided by Planned Parenthood. The governor ordered a halt to the funding, despite contrary federal law, because he doesn't like that Planned Parenthood provides abortions. /more/
President Obama has riled Republicans — and demonstrated again his worthiness — by proposing a federal rule to prevent states from denying money to family planning providers such as Planned Parenthood for political reasons. In Arkansas, one Republican candidate is proud of denial of services to poor women. /more/
Planned Parenthood centers in Arkansas (Little Rock and Fayetteville) and eastern Oklahoma (Tulsa) are changing their affiliation from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, based in Des Moines, to Planned Parenthood Great Plains, in Overland Park, Kan. /more/
Yet another federal judge has stopped a state order aimed at preventing federal money from going to Planned Parenthood because state officials don't like that the agency provides abortions (though not with federal money). /more/
Today's recommended reading: Amanda Marcotte writes in Salon abou the developments in the year after the release of dishonest videos by an anti-abortion group trying to destroy Planned Parenthood with bogus accounts of body part sales. /more/
Add the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to the list of courts that has struck down laws like that adopted in Arknasas to deprive Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood because politicians disapprove of the organization's abortion services. The money cut off is not for medical exams, but for a range of other health services, mostly for women. /more/
The Walton College of Business is working to expand its executive education by opening an office in downtown Little Rock that would offer non-degree programs to the health, banking and finance and retail industries in Central Arkansas, the school confirmed today.
The podcast Design Matters, published by Design Observer, is celebrating its 10th year and they are revisiting some of their best episodes from the last decade. I just finished this week's replay of the interview with the Scottish born illustrator Marion Deuchars. At the end of the wonderful interview, her two young sons are invited into the studio near where they pitch in some of their own thoughts on art and, in particular, drawing in the art books their mother created for children and adults.
by Will Stephenson, Bryan Moats, Kaya Herron and Lindsey Millar
World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
BRASHER: Hello Arkansans, this is the first piece from us, Brasher and Rowe and we are some dudes who work in downtown Little Rock and we eat lunch and just talk about all the exciting things around here.
A photograph of a woman doing a headstand so you can see her red underpants. A sculpture by Robyn Horn titled "Approaching Collapse." Those and other works that assistant professor of photography Margo Duvall says "celebrates the female voice in art" for Women's History Month go on exhibit March 1 in the gallery in the Russell Fine Arts Building.
The plan, formulated months ago, was this: Ellen and I were going to go to Washington for inauguration festivities, then fly out the morning after the balls for Panama City and a long planned cruise to begin with a Panama Canal passage.
Not since the John Birch Society's "Impeach Earl Warren" billboards littered Southern roadsides after the Supreme Court's school-integration decision in 1954 has the American judicial system been under such siege, but who would have thought the trifling Arkansas legislature would lead the charge?
The Senate this morning added an amendment to Rep. Charlie Collins campus carry bill that incorporates the effort denied in committee yesterday to require a 16-hour additional training period before university staff members with concealed carry permits may take the weapons on campus.