Since I mentioned the silence yesterday, note that the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page got around to mentioning the U.S. Supreme Court marriage ruling this morning. Disapproving in many respects, it seemed to me. It included a reference to Nazi Germany and encouraged those unhappy with the ruling on religious grounds, closing, "Onward, Christian soldiers!"
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has started a cutrate subscription offer to bring back some readers lost to rate increases. It's not the only place where signs of business stress are showing in what used to be almost a public utility with guaranteed big profits.
GateHouse newspapers, a part of the New Media company that recently purchased all Stephens Media newspapers, including several in Arkansas but not its share of the joint venture with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Northwest Arkansas, is laying of people around the country, Romenesko reports.
Memorial service for Doug Smith, 74, retired associate editor of the Arkansas Times, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Ruebel Funeral Home. It will be led by Marie Mainard O'Connell. Memorials: Central Arkansas Library Foundation or the ACLU of Arkansas.
Talking Points Memo, the Josh Marshall-led national political website, churned out a little feature today on an item here last week about the refusal of Tom Cotton's communications man David Ray to allow anyone from the Arkansas Times to listen in on a conference call about the campaign's media strategy and polling work.
Ledbetter, the former state Board of Education chair who cast the decisive vote in 2015 to take over the LRSD, writes that Education Commissioner Johnny Key "has shown time and again that he is out of touch with our community and the needs of the district." However, Ledbetter supports the May 9 vote as a positive for the district's students and staff.
At a press conference today at the Doubletree Hotel just across from the Pulaski County Courthouse, Pulaski County Fifth Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen and his attorneys announced that he has asked the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission to investigate the conduct of the entire Arkansas Supreme Court, and asked the director of the Arkansas Committee on Professional Conduct to investigate the conduct of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and several others in the AG's office, related to what Griffen and his attorneys claim were forbidden ex parte conversations between the Supreme Court and the AG's office.
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.
The U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock announced today that two former supervisors at the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville had pleaded guilty to conspiring to assault juvenile inmates.
The board of directors of Metroplan voted today to seek public comment on an amendment to its Imagine Arkansas long-range transportation plan that would allow the highway department's 30 Crossing project, to widen 7 miles of I-30 through downtown North Little Rock and North Little Rock and replace the Arkansas River bridge, to go forward.
Photos taken Thursday night by Brian Chilson and David Koon, at Cummins Prison in Grady, the State Police barricade away from the prison and in front of the Governor's Mansion, before and after the execution of Ledell Lee.