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Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 16:04:00

Goat saves family

On a happier note...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 07:07:00

Crystal Bridges to open contemporary art space in downtown Bentonville

The New York Times was delivered the scoop by the Walton family on their latest addition to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (and Bentonville) — a new contemporary art space in a former Kraft cheese factory on E Street downtown.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 09:47:00

Riverfest plans changes next year

Riverfest, the Memorial Day weekend festival that started as an arts-focused event with a heavy emphasis on kids, is transforming itself into even more of a music festival.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 11:53:00

Texarkana whiz kid fused the atom at 14 plots his next move

Great read from the Guardian on Taylor Wilson, the 21-year-old Texarkana native who fused the atom at 14, the youngest ever to do so (an English 13-year-old later beat the record.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 09:03:00

Common Core takes flight

From KAIT: “The Common Core has really been talking about mixed methods of teaching,” one student said. “Quail could be used as a way to talk to them about math and science and the incubation and things like that and how to integrate that into the classroom.”

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 08:27:00

Here comes Huck

God is telling him: "Run Huck, Run!"

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 12:14:00

Bill Valentine, former Arkansas Travelers general manager, dies at 82

Bill Valentine, formerly general manager of the Arkansas Travelers, died this morning in Little Rock at 82. He'd been in failing health.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 16:00:00

Renaud brothers win Peabody for 'Last Chance High'

Little Rock filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud have won a Peabody Award for "Last Chance High," their eight-part series for Vice News online.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 09:06:00

Camden woman, 116, now reportedly world's oldest living person

With the death of 117-year-old Misao Okawa of Osaka, Japan. Gertrude Weaver of Camden, born July 4, 1898, has been officially recognized as the world's oldest living person, at 116 years, 8 months and 28 days old as of today.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 16:17:00

Huck hypocrisy

Mother Jones points out this morning, as Max did earlier this month, that Mike Huckabee probably isn't the one to be lecturing Hillary Clinton on government transparency, recounting a saga familiar to longtime readers.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 10:55:00

Hot Springs scores high in barbecue

Hot Springs hits a national list for its barbecue offerings.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 08:52:00

Mike Huckabee threatens to leave GOP over insufficient bigotry, but still has time to endorse Bruce Westerman

Mike Huckabee is sick and tired of the Republicans waving the white flag of surrender on discrimination against gay people. He's mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 16:48:00

Restored Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opens to visitors tomorrow

The Dyess Colony Museum and Johnny Cash's restored boyhood home will be open for visitors tomorrow after a restoration project that began in early 2012.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 - 12:48:00

Dog bowl inventor purchases former Dogpatch land

Arkansas's kitschy-est ghost town has a new owner. Earlier this week, Charles "Bud" Pelsor purchased much of the land that used to be the home of Dogpatch USA. He and partners paid close to $2 million for the 400-acre site in Newton County on Wednesday, the Democrat-Gazette reported this morning. Time to indulge in some nostalgia.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 10:07:00

Who you callin' Dogtown? North Little Rock named most liberal in Arkansas

Survey says North Little Rock is the most liberal place in Arkansas and Marshall the most conservative.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 09:09:00

Fort Smith hospital CEO ousted after remark about Hispanics

The City Wire in Fort Smith reports on the abrupt removal of Tim Schmidt, the interim CEO of the Sparks Medical System in Fort Smith after a stupid remark about Latinos.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 21:46:00

Film adaptation of Leveritt's 'Devil's Knot' premieres in Little Rock

Every seat full tonight at Little Rock's Ron Robinson Theater in the River Market for the premiere of "Devil's Knot," the new film based on the exhaustively researched 2002 book by Times contributing editor Mara Leveritt about the West Memphis Three case. The film focuses on the murders of Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, and ends just after the 1994 convictions of Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin. Oscar Winners Colin Firth (as private investigator Ron Lax) and Reese Witherspoon (as Pam Hobbs) star. We'll have a full review in next week's issue and online.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:37:00

Museum of Discovery to get exposure on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Museum of Discovery's Kevin Delaney will do his science education magic in a much bigger venue May 5. He's to appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 16:15:00

Senior prank lands 'Calico Crazy 8' in hot water

The Baxter Bulletin reports that eight Calico Rock students have been suspended, banned from the prom and more for using a key to enter the school at night and move desks and chairs from a classroom to a hallway. Of course there's a Facebook page in support of the Calico Crazy 8.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:13:00

Diamond watch: Arkansas man finds six-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park

David Anderson, who moved to the Murfreesboro to hunt for gems at Crater of Diamonds State Park, found a 6.19-carat white diamond at the park. He named it "Limitless Diamond" and plans to sell it and donate the proceeds to the Speed of Light charity.

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