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Arkansas News

The Meteor Guitar Gallery is open and amped Special

Bentonville - For many decades, untold numbers of people were entertained within the walls of the venerable Meteor Theater. Now a local entrepreneur, who turned his passion into a rocking business, is restoring the building and featuring new and vintage guitars.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 6 comments

Gay marriage arrives in Bible Belt as Arkansas judge strikes ban

Eureka Springs - At least 15 marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples in Arkansas after a county judge in the Bible Belt state ruled its decade-old voter-approved constitutional amendment banning such unions unconstitutional.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins

Billy Sims Barbeque expands into Arkansas Special

Bentonville - Billy Sims, Heisman Trophy winner and legendary running back for the Detroit Lions, has been in the barbeque business since 2004. The Billy Sims Barbeque franchise just opened its newest store in Northwest Arkansas and Sims was there to greet fans.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 2 comments

107-year-old man killed in shootout with SWAT team in Arkansas

Pine Bluff - Sounding a little like a scene from a Die Hard movie, a 107-year-old man was shot dead on Saturday night in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, after he refused to surrender and exchanged fire with a SWAT team.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 14 comments

Arkansas school districts to allow teachers with concealed guns

More than 20 teachers in Clarksville School District will be allowed to carry concealed weapons throughout the school day.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 5 comments

Director Chris Hicky seeks your help to make 'The Grace of Jake' Special

Los Angeles - Grammy nominated music video director Chris Hicky, who has worked with Keith Urban and others, is set to make his first feature-length independent film and he needs your help to do so. Fundraising efforts are underway in order to make The Grace of Jake.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Father's Day memories of 'the smartest man I have ever known'

Chicago - It's Father's Day, and I have been reminiscing about my late father, Robert Smith Jr., the smartest man I have ever known. It is because of him that I became an educated woman and know, undoubtedly, lifelong learning can take place outside a classroom.

Sir Elton John took center stage at Walmart shareholders' week Special

Fayetteville - It's Walmart shareholders' week in Northwest Arkansas and a free concert for the associates featuring Elton John kicked-off the events. One fan said she got emotional when she realized it was a once in a lifetime event for her.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 8 comments

New oil spill from ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline despite shut down

Doniphan - While very much smaller than the recent Mayflower, Arkansas spill, this new rupture causes even more concern over the aging Pegasus pipeline. (Video update).
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

New DC Metro ads expose ExxonMobil oil spill in Arkansas

Washington - Environmental groups are urging the State Department to stop construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline. Starting from Monday, consumer watchdog organization, SumOfUs.org is placing ads in the DC metro system, exposing images of the Arkansas oil spill.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 6 comments

Arkansas residents protest legislature's war on women Special

Little Rock - Hundreds gathered at a grassroots "Protest at the Arkansas Capitol" to denounce "extreme reproductive laws in Arkansas," and raised their voices and signs in protest of the war on women being waged by the conservative majority in the state legislature.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 5 comments

Arkansas legislature votes for 12-week abortion limit

Little Rock - Arkansas lawmakers defiantly voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a measure banning abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 7 comments

Arkansas jails tenants who can't pay their rent

Little Rock - Hundreds of tenants who are unable to pay their rent are jailed each year under Arkansas' draconian 'failure-to-vacate' law.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 8 comments

Author Kay Goss discusses book about politician Wilbur D. Mills Special

Goss' new book, Mr. Chairman - The Life and Legacy of Wilbur D Mills, chronicles the life and career of the longest continuously serving chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee whose name is synonymous with power, scandal, and recovery.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews

Photo Essay: Notable churches across America Special

The five churches highlighted here have distinctive features, including historical significance, unique architectural designs, and stories of miracles.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 8 comments

Atheists upset at 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' church field trip

Little Rock - In the words of the immortal Charlie Brown, "Good grief." Some parents are upset at a Little Rock grade school for wanting to take students on a field trip to see a stage play of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" held at a local church.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 7 comments

Crystal Bridges Museum celebrates a successful first year

Bentonville - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is one year old today, and it's been a year marked with success above and beyond expectations.
In the Media by Kay Mathews - 3 comments

First-time voters talk about the 2012 Presidential Election Special

Four young Americans, representing three states and both sides of the political aisle, discuss what it meant to them to vote in their first presidential election.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews

Arkansas hits record for West Nile deaths

West Nile disease has lashed out this year in many states. Some states, find they are passing previous records for reported cases, as well as deaths.
In the Media by Tiffany Romine

Arkansas officer charged with manslaughter of 15 year old boy

Little Rock - After further investigation of a deadly shooting that left a 15 year old child dead, an officer is now charged with manslaughter. Past reprimands show a continuing problem with the officer.
In the Media by Tiffany Romine - 3 comments

500,000 guests at Crystal Bridges Museum since opening last year

Bentonville - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art reached the half million mark today in terms of visitors to the museum, which opened less than a year ago.
In the Media by Kay Mathews - 4 comments

Teachers prepare for new school year in Arkansas Special

Booneville - The summer holiday is over and it's time to think of the new school year. While parents and students eagerly shop for new back to school supplies and clothing, most do not stop to think about what the new school year is like for a teacher.
Digital Journal Report by Tiffany Romine - 2 comments

Couple arrested for UPC scam involving Walmart merchandise

Bentonville - With several scams out in society today, a couple from Arkansas created a fake-UPC scam to receive "more bang for their buck."
In the Media by Tiffany Romine

Autopsy rules suicide in Chavis Carter death

Jonesboro - In a ruling that is sure to bring outcries of disbelief, injustice and outrage, Arkansas State Crime Lab has given its finding on Chavis Carter’s death. Suicide.
In the Media by Dierdra Baptiste - 1 comment

Arkansas counties added to disaster list

Arkansas residents are still looking to the skies for relief from drought conditions that plague the state as well as many others.
In the Media by Tiffany Romine - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Arkansas faces drought

Arkansas looking for relief from drought conditions that continue to take toll on communities. Will the there be any relief in sight?
In the Media by Tiffany Romine - 1 comment

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville rises in Northwest Arkansas Special

Bentonville - 21c Museum Hotels redefine the art of Southern hospitality and soon Bentonville, AR will be home to one of these boutique hotels that combine contemporary art, guest rooms, and the region's culinary traditions into a unique destination experience.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews

Alice Walton awarded honorary doctorate by University of Arkansas Special

Fayetteville - Walton, who is the youngest child of Helen and Sam Walton, received an Honorary Degree of Arts and Humane Letters during the Spring Commencement and was a keynote speaker at the ceremony.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews

Richard Murie, 88, oldest graduate at University of Arkansas Special

Fayetteville - Murie was the oldest graduate at the University of Arkansas' Commencement where he received a Master of Arts in Spanish at the age of 88, and he has more goals in mind.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 4 comments

The 17th Annual Springtime Arts & Crafts Festival in the Ozarks Special

Springdale - The spring edition of the Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Festivals, considered to be one of the top 100 craft fairs in the United States and the largest indoor craft fair in the state of Arkansas, was held over the weekend.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 1 comment
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Artsfest - Paula Jo Chitty Henry prepares a crepe-wurst for yours truly.  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10...
Artsfest - Paula Jo Chitty Henry prepares a crepe-wurst for yours truly. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Bentonville  Ark.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville, Ark.
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Johnson County Courthouse.  70th annual Johnson County Peach Festival.  Clarksville  Ark.  June 17  ...
Johnson County Courthouse. 70th annual Johnson County Peach Festival. Clarksville, Ark. June 17, 2011
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Charlie Gonzales  death certificate.  Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.  Springdale  Ark.
Charlie Gonzales' death certificate. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Springdale, Ark.
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Blackbird in blizzard.  Sulphur Springs  Ark.  Feb. 1  2011.
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Blackbird in blizzard. Sulphur Springs, Ark. Feb. 1, 2011.
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Claes Oldenburg s Alphabet/Good Humor.  Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Bentonville  AR  Ma...
Claes Oldenburg's Alphabet/Good Humor. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville, AR May 2012
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Assortment of Brownies at Rick s Bakery.  Fayetteville  Ark.  10-04-11
Assortment of Brownies at Rick's Bakery. Fayetteville, Ark. 10-04-11
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Gilbert Stuart s George Washington [The Constable-Hamilton Portrait]  1797.  Crystal Bridges Museum ...
Gilbert Stuart's George Washington [The Constable-Hamilton Portrait], 1797. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville, Ark.
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Vendor Crepes Paulette at the Bentonville Farmers Market.  Bentonville  Ark.  May 7  2011
Vendor Crepes Paulette at the Bentonville Farmers Market. Bentonville, Ark. May 7, 2011
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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Bentonville  Ark.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville, Ark.
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Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.  Little Rock  Ark.
Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. Little Rock, Ark.
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Sir Elton John performing at Bud Walton Arena.  Fayetteville  Ark.  June 4  2013
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Sir Elton John performing at Bud Walton Arena. Fayetteville, Ark. June 4, 2013
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Goose Creek Road in Farmington  Ark.  April 25  2011
Kelly Eubanks
Goose Creek Road in Farmington, Ark. April 25, 2011
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Monk selling merchandise at the Drepung Loseling Monastery tent at Tibetan Bazaar.  University of Ar...
Monk selling merchandise at the Drepung Loseling Monastery tent at Tibetan Bazaar. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. May 11, 2011
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A collection of 11x14 mixed media paintings by Kevin Lewis Fougerousse on exhibit at ArtSeen 107.  B...
A collection of 11x14 mixed media paintings by Kevin Lewis Fougerousse on exhibit at ArtSeen 107. Bentonville, AR May 30, 2012
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Unique design on this Harley caught my eye.  Bikes  Blues and BBQ.  Parade of Power on Dickson Stree...
Unique design on this Harley caught my eye. Bikes, Blues and BBQ. Parade of Power on Dickson Street. Fayetteville, Ark.
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UA Chancellor Dr. G. David Gearhart introduces Alice Walton.  Spring Commencement.  University of Ar...
UA Chancellor Dr. G. David Gearhart introduces Alice Walton. Spring Commencement. University of Arkansas. May 12, 2012 Fayetteville, AR
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Beth Smith and husband Duane  Dog  Chapman signing books.  Rogers  AR
Beth Smith and husband Duane "Dog" Chapman signing books. Rogers, AR
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Lt. Gov. Halter shakes hands with supporters.  June 7  2010.
Lt. Gov. Halter shakes hands with supporters. June 7, 2010.
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Anchor on the Nina.  Little Rock  Ark.  11-6-11
Anchor on the Nina. Little Rock, Ark. 11-6-11
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