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Hidalgo's in Perryville hit the spot

October 11, 2018
Hidalgo's in Perryville hit the spot
We didn't get the goat. /more/

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Goodbye to Little Rock Crate & Basket

October 11, 2018
Goodbye to Little Rock Crate & Basket
Company counts down the last logs in the lumber yard. /more/

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Max Brantley

Talking ethics

A state Senate committee this week began firming up new ethics rules to govern members. Call me wary. /more/

Ernest Dumas

No courage

Political courage — doing what needs to be done even if it is not wildly popular — is a vanishing commodity. /more/

Gene Lyons

Outrage politics

For somebody like me, the Major League Baseball playoffs serve as a splendid diversion from the squalor of partisan politics. For serious fans, the drama of an October Red Sox-Yankees series provides the kind of emotional release others derive from a night at the symphony or a hike through a national park. /more/

Pearls About Swine

Bright spots for Hogs after a thrashing

October 8, 2018
Bright spots for Hogs after a thrashing
Yielding 65 points to the nation’s unquestioned elite would not normally allow a coach to effuse much pride or confidence, but Arkansas Coach Chad Morris, in the wake of another thrashing by Alabama, still was able to check some boxes in the blowout loss. /more/

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Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:24:00

Report: Overweight load doesn't damage bridge

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KNWA has video here of a 35-ton bus crossing the Beaver Bridge Saturday in Carroll County. The bridge has a 10-ton limit and, as you can see, it gave during the crossing.

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Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:13:00

Arkansas cities below average in LGBTQ equality index

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The Human Rights Campaign has issued its annual municipal equality index ranking cities on the treatment of LGBTQ people under the law.  Arkansas cities, as a whole, rank below average, with a score of 31 on a 100-point scale compared with a national average of 58.

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Monday, October 15, 2018 - 11:08:00

Arkansas's work requirement drops another 4,100 from Medicaid rolls in October

click to enlarge DECLINING ROLLS: The work requirement is part of Governor Asa Hutchinson's attempt to craft a more conservative vision of Medicaid (file photo). - BRIAN CHILSON
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  • DECLINING ROLLS: The work requirement is part of Governor Asa Hutchinson's attempt to craft a more conservative vision of Medicaid (file photo).

The state Department of Human Services said Monday morning that it had terminated the health insurance of another 4,109 Medicaid recipients due to Governor Hutchinson's work requirement for certain beneficiaries of Arkansas Works, the state's Medicaid expansion program. Those people are now barred from receiving Arkansas Works coverage until January 1.

That's in addition to the 4,353 beneficiaries trimmed from (and subsequently locked out of) the Arkansas Works program in September, meaning the work requirement has cut insurance for about 8,500 Arkansans thus far. Back in June, when the requirement was first put into place for a subset of beneficiaries, DHS estimated that about 69,000 people would be eventually required to report their work or school hours. The mandate has now eliminated over 12 percent of that initial number.

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Monday, October 15, 2018 - 08:53:00

Review: Thomas Rhett, Brett Young and Midland at Verizon Arena

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Nine songs into his performance on the North Little Rock stop of his Life Changes Tour Thursday night at Verizon Arena, Thomas Rhett declared he was “having a blast.” It’s pretty safe to say that the crowd of 11,045 was, too.


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Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:50:00

Little Rock catches up to NWA public art with mural on Main

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If you've been to Bentonville, you've probably seen Jason Jones' mural of a big blue octopus with bicyclists riding one of tentacle and tentacle another waving Sam Walton's truck around. Or, in Fayetteville, Jones' "Fresh Air" on Center Street. The murals that have transformed the historic downtowns in Northwest Arkansas have made us Little Rock lovers of outsized-urban-mural lovers green with envy.

Now, Little Rock's downtown is getting one of Jones' realistically wrought fantasymurals. The Fayetteville is at work painting a mural of a fetching robotic bug at 304 Main St., between Soul Fish Cafe and CJRW.

The work comes to downtown thanks to the InspiredLR mural project of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. Mac Murphy of M2 Gallery is curating the project, which will eventually bring murals by multiple artists to Main.

The robot bug is hanging a landscape depicting himself on a beach. In a news release, Jones is quoted as saying the mural "connects the idea of a formal art gallery with whimsical street art. When people view the work, my hope is that they will smile, enjoy the humor, and, of course, appreciate public and street art.”

Other outsized wall murals downtown include Matt McLeod's koi at Sixth and Main, the SOMA mural in the 1200 block of Main and the dancing cornbread and vegetables by The Root Cafe at 1500 Main.

Carol Worley chairs the Public Spaces committee that is overseeing the project. To help with the project, email her at carol.worley@wwp-lawfirm.com.

 

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:58:00

Territorial Fare! featuring Yvette Brady, Tim Morton in November

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Having attended the July “Territorial Fare!” celebration of foodways at the Historic Arkansas Museum — when German and Scottish foods and folk were the subjects — I can heartily recommend that you buy tickets to the November event, "The Legacy of African Americans."

Be forewarned: Tickets ($45) for the Nov. 15 dinner go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, and will sell out faster than free tickets and airfare to “Hamilton” on Broadway would.

November’s dinner will focus on the contributions of African Americans to American cuisine during the colonial and antebellum periods. Famed retired chef Yvette Brady (of the late, great 1620 Restaurant) and Tim Morton of Cache Restaurant will create a meal drawn from research into historic recipes. The meal is the last of the 2018 series.

At the July meal, HAM Director Swannee Bennett gave a talk in the historic Hinderliter Grog Shop on the German immigrants who created the tavern, the oldest commercial building in Little Rock; Stone Throw Brewery’s Ian Beard gave a talk on Arkansas’s earliest brewers and served up a cider of his making from an old recipe; and chefs Shanna Merriwether and Capi Peck of Trio’s served a scrumptious dinner that included cock-a-leekie soup. November’s should also be a unique and delicious way to learn about Arkansas history.  

 

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