8 p.m. Thursday, May 18
The History Channel
(Comcast Ch. 70)
Though that box of salt you grab every couple of months at the grocery store might seem like the cheapest possible commodity these days, there was a time when salt was one of the most precious and coveted substances on earth (so precious, in fact, that Roman soldiers were once paid in salt — the root of the word “salary”). Here, the History Channel takes you inside some of the world’s most extensive salt mines — vast subterranean caverns where the work of filling your shaker goes on day and night.
Every Thursday in May
Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30)
Though watching a lot of programming on TCM can get a little tiresome after awhile, Turner has decided to spice up its decidedly white-bread lineup this month with a series of Thursday night films dedicated to Spanish-language classics from the golden age of Mexican cinema. On May 19, starting at 7 p.m., four films are on deck: “El Compadre Mendoza” (1934), the tale of a landowner playing both sides of the fence during a revolution; at 8:30 p.m., “Vamonoscon Pancho Villa” (1936), in which peasants join Villa’s army; at 10:15 p.m., “Aventurera” (1949), the story of an orphaned girl trying to make her way in the big city; and at 12:15 a.m., “Macario” (1960), in which a poor man makes a deal with the Grim Reaper. Grab the salsa and enjoy.
9 p.m. Wednesday, May 25
HGTV (Comcast Ch. 49)
If you live in one, please forgive us, but there are some f’ugly houses in Little Rock. You know what we’re talking about: chili and turquoise paint scheme, cracked sidewalk, bushes that haven’t been trimmed since Carter was in the White House. Going home to an ugly house can ruin your whole night. Trust us — in our day, we’ve lived in some houses that only a paid demolition crew could love. That’s why we like HGTV’s series “Curb Appeal” so much. Using basic techniques like landscaping and paint matching, the “CA” team breathes new life into some of America’s homeliest homes. This week, they take a ranch-style snoozer into the 21st century.
A wayward Mercedes-Benz careened off Main Street in North Little Rock following a traffic accident Saturday night, with the car smashing through a window and destroying a door at Argenta Bead Co. The impact knocked over shelves and scattered what the owner of the business called "thousands and thousands and thousands" of beads and charms, including several expensive and rare antique glass beads — across the store.
The Governor's office today announced the creation of an "Office of Transformation" along with a new chief officer for the agency, with Gov. Asa Hutchinson saying the goal of the office would be to "drive efficiency" in government and streamline state operations.
Jones was "Minority Outreach Coordinator" for Hutchinson's 2014 gubernatorial campaign. The governor first named him as policy director before placing him over the labor department instead in Jan. 2015, soon after taking office.
Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.