Arkansas Blog | Arkansas news, politics, opinion, restaurants, music, movies and art

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 10:22:00

Political speculation: A Democrat to run for 2nd District Congress

Hot off the political rumor mill: Win Thompson, 71, former president of the University of Central Arkansas, is giving some thought to a run for  Congress from the Second District, as a Democrat.

Continue reading »

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 08:38:00

Kenneth D. Williams: Dead, but his words live

Kenneth Williams is dead, executed for his murder of Cecil Boren, but his words live on in a Facebook page with his prolific Death Row writing.

Continue reading »

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 07:21:00

Calls for investigation follow execution of Kenneth Williams, observed 'lurching' and moaning during lethal injections

Calls for an investigation followed the execution of Kenneth Williams in Arkansas Thursday night. Body movement, sounds, labored breathing and a moan indicated something was amiss to several witnesses, though supporters of the death penalty called the movements "involuntary" and termed the killing "flawless."

Continue reading »

Featured Videos


Tuesday's headlines and your open line

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 07:20:00

Report: Payday lender closes shop in North Little Rock UPDATE

Hank Klein, the retired credit union president who's devoted considerable zeal to stamping out payday lenders and their exorbitant interest rates in Arkansas, reports that a payday lending operation in North Little Rock has closed its doors.

Continue reading »

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 07:15:00

Charter school failure in New Orleans; a lesson for Little Rock UPDATE

Important reading today on the myth of the New Orleans charter school 'miracle.' Could such a miracle be in the offing for Little Rock?

Continue reading »

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 07:02:00

Deadly night in Pine Bluff: Two fatally shot

KATV reports that two people were killed in Pine Bluff shortly before midnight Thursday, the same hour the state was killing murderer Kenneth Williams in a prison about 29 miles down the highway.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 17:38:00

Little Rock: The gun violence continues — one dead, two wounded

LRPD reports two shootings this afternoon, at 1803 Park Lane, where one person has died, and another at 24th and Marshall. Two other people were wounded.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 17:00:44

The Kenneth Williams' execution thread

Kenneth Williams, 38, is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. tonight at the Cummins Unit near Grady. If a court does not stop the execution, he will be the fourth death row prisoner to die over the last eight days in Arkansas.

Continue reading »

Featured Videos


Tuesday's headlines and your open line

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 16:48:00

Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 14:47:00

Commission to hear about plans for Ten Commandments monument

The state will move one step closer to a lawsuit on May 11, when the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will hear the American History and Heritage Foundation's plans for a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 13:13:00

UPDATE: Williams and a victim's family seek execution reprieve from Gov. Hutchinson. He declines.

Kenneth Williams' attorneys and family of one of his victims have written Gov. Asa Hutchinson in behalf of a reprieve in the execution scheduled for 7 p.m. today.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:59:00

An early open line

An early open line and news and comment at midday as we take a break for happier duty — the Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:38:00

ASU names chancellor finalists

Arkansas State University has announced three people to be interviewed for the position of chancellor of the system's main campus in Jonesboro.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:48:00

One killed, another wounded in alleged robbery attempt

Little Rock police say one 17-year-old was killed and another wounded by a man who said they attempted to rob him in apartments at 6115 W. Markham Street.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:23:00

New complaint filed in Kenneth Williams case

Lawyers for Kenneth Williams filed a new lawsuit this morning in Pulaski Circuit Court claiming that his execution tonight would cause unconstitutional cruel or unusual punishment.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 09:37:00

Death watch includes a family reunion, arranged by a victim's family

The execution of Kenneth Williams for his 1999 slaying of Cecil Boren during a prison escape remains scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, though actions in state and federal courts are anticipated in the final hours.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 07:58:00

Listen to the authors: A preview of Arkansas Literary Festival speakers

The Arkansas Literary Festival is coming up this weekend and you can get a taste of author talks to come by listening to a couple of podcasts with interviews with the writers.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 07:48:00

Can the Marijuana Commission receive paid travel?

An official opinion from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge touches lightly on the many ways in which the medical marijuana amendment creates new legal concerns.

Continue reading »

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 07:40:00

Arkansas Medicaid 'savings' will produce some losers

The state offers an optimistic outlook on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plans to reduce the number covered by the state's expanded Medicaid health coverage. There's reason for questions.

Continue reading »

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 18:56:00

One dead, another hospitalized after midtown shooting

The Little Rock Police Department has tweeted that officers are on the scene of a double shooting at the Midtown Park Apartments, 6115 W. Markham St., near the corner of University Avenue and Markham. Police say one person has died, and a second victim is at a hospital. The apartments were previously known as the Plaza Towers, an affordable housing development.

Continue reading »

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Most Shared

  • Lightning strike in the Heights damages 13,000-square-foot house

    A 13,000-square-foot home at 2 Longfellow Lane was hit by lightning Friday night and firefighters were on the scene for five hours, from 11:19 p.m. to 4:17 a.m. Saturday morning, putting it out.
  • UAMS reduces deficit by $32 million

    Interim Chancellor Stephanie Gardner told UAMS employees in a State of the University address Tuesday that UAMS has made up $32 million of an anticipated $72 million deficit and that the institution will present a zero deficit budget to the UA System Board of Trustees when it meets in May. She said no future layoffs are planned.

Most Viewed

  • Car dealership owner, wife found shot to death in Russellville home

    Keith Cogswell, 55, and his wife, Leanna Cogswell, 39, were found shot to death at their Shiloh Road home today by their maid, KTHV-TV, Ch. 11, reports. The Pope County Sheriff's Office, the Russellville Police Department and the Arkansas State Police are investigating.
  • 'Path to Radicalization': How an Arkansas family came to be haters

    A tweet by Davy Carter, the former Republican speaker of the state House of Representatives and a resident Cabot alerted us to this NBC documentary on how a family in Lonoke County became radicalized by Nazis.
  • Sen. Trent Garner continues to grandstand, again calls for impeachment of Judge Wendell Griffen

    State Sen. Trent Garner, a free speech skeptic and drudging demagogue, has once again called for the impeachment of Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen. If 34 House members sign on to a resolution, impeachment proceedings would proceed. Rep. Bob Ballinger is already on board. A look at the controversy, how the impeachment process works, and the response from House Speaker Jeremy Gillam.
  • More grants to Ecclesia surface

    Then-state senator and Senate president pro tempore Michael Lamoureux insisted that a state organization that distributed GIF funds approve a grant to Ecclesia College despite problems with the college's application, a witness in the public corruption trial of former Sen. Jon Woods testified today.
  • Clarke Tucker touts shift in Cook Political Report outlook for Second District

    The Cook Political Report, essentially a fantasy baseball website for people who enjoy politics instead of sports, offered a relatively encouraging outlook for Democrats in the state's Second Congressional District today. The site announced that it was shifting the district from "Likely R" to "Lean R." Get excited.

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation