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Arkansas backed down on its controversial 'religious freedom' law

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) announced Wednesday that he isn't happy with his state's controversial "religious freedom" legislation and wants the state legislature to "recall" the bill and tweak it before he signs it.

New bill would allow some teachers in Arkansas to carry guns

Republican-sponsored legislation that would allow some teachers in the state of Arkansas to carry firearms to work is now one step closer to being passed.

Op-Ed: Problems with ISIL? Just Nuke 'em says Republican Senator

Bigelow - Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert has the solution for putting ISIL in its place: Nuke the jihad out of them! Rapert fired off this salvo on his Facebook page by trotting out the idea that "God is love."

Interview with The Voice's Jared Blake Special

Digital Journal finds out what the singer, songwriter and former reality TV star has been up to recently, both musically and in terms of his charity work.

Review: Jared Blake - ''Til Morning Light'

Following a successful stint on the inaugural series of 'The Voice' in 2011, the Arkansas-born singer-songwriter releases his debut EP on award-winning producer, Skidd Mills' label, Skiddco Music.

Op-Ed: Mark Pryor releases new ad blaming opponent for spread of Ebola

Little Rock - Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AK) is once again on the offensive in attacking his opponent, freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AK). Last week Pryor released an ad attacking Cotton for opposing the "pre-existing conditions" portion of the Affordable Care Act.

Johnny Cash's boyhood home opens in Arkansas

Dyess - The grand opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home took place on August 18 in Dyess, Arkansas, and hundreds of fans and friends gathered for the occasion.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."
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Works by Edward Sheriff Curtis.  Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Bentonville  AR
Works by Edward Sheriff Curtis. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville, AR
The Lighting of the Square.  Nov. 20  2010.  Bentonville  Ark.
The Lighting of the Square. Nov. 20, 2010. Bentonville, Ark.
Unique bike at Bikes  Blues and BBQ.  Fayetteville  Ark. 10-01-11
Unique bike at Bikes, Blues and BBQ. Fayetteville, Ark. 10-01-11
Crowd at  Protest at the Capitol  event.  Little Rock  Ark.  3/23/13
Crowd at "Protest at the Capitol" event. Little Rock, Ark. 3/23/13
Courtesy of Farrell Matlock
Inside Chateau Aux Arc tasting room.  Altus  Ark.
Inside Chateau Aux Arc tasting room. Altus, Ark.
Kids holding hands on a ride.  Tontitown Grape Festival.  Tontitown  Ark.  Aug. 9  2011
Kids holding hands on a ride. Tontitown Grape Festival. Tontitown, Ark. Aug. 9, 2011
Two-headed albino rat snake.  Tontitown Grape Festival.  Tontitown  Ark.  Aug. 9  2011
Two-headed albino rat snake. Tontitown Grape Festival. Tontitown, Ark. Aug. 9, 2011
Clothing shoppers at the spacious Helping Hands thrift store.  Bentonville  Ark.  April 30  2011
Clothing shoppers at the spacious Helping Hands thrift store. Bentonville, Ark. April 30, 2011
Hanging baskets of flowers for sale at the Bentonville Farmers Market.  Bentonville  Ark.  May 7  20...
Hanging baskets of flowers for sale at the Bentonville Farmers Market. Bentonville, Ark. May 7, 2011
Bikes  Blues and BBQ motorcycle rally Parade of Power.  Fayetteville  Ark.
Bikes, Blues and BBQ motorcycle rally Parade of Power. Fayetteville, Ark.
Billy Sims greeted fans of football and BBQ at the Billy Sims Barbeque-Bentonville location on April...
Billy Sims greeted fans of football and BBQ at the Billy Sims Barbeque-Bentonville location on April 24, 2014.
Ken Aden speaking at the  NWA Unite Against the War on Women March and Rally.   Fayetteville  AR  Ap...
Ken Aden speaking at the "NWA Unite Against the War on Women March and Rally." Fayetteville, AR April 28, 2012
NWA Unite Against the War on Women March and Rally
Owners of first and second place spots in line at Tent City.  University of Arkansas.  Fayetteville ...
Owners of first and second place spots in line at Tent City. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, Ark. September 24, 2010.
Auditorium of the Meteor Guitar Gallery that will feature a stage  jam sessions  concerts  a coffee ...
Auditorium of the Meteor Guitar Gallery that will feature a stage, jam sessions, concerts, a coffee bar, and a balcony museum after it is restored. Bentonville, Arkansas
Nightbird Books.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Feb. 18  2011
Nightbird Books. Fayetteville, Ark. Feb. 18, 2011
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
Untitled works by artist Alex Amini.  Art Seen 107 gallery.  Bentonville  Ark.  10-21-11
Untitled works by artist Alex Amini. Art Seen 107 gallery. Bentonville, Ark. 10-21-11
Bok Choy.  Bentonville Farmers Market.  Bentonville  Ark.  May 7  2011
Bok Choy. Bentonville Farmers Market. Bentonville, Ark. May 7, 2011
Phat Tire booth.  First Friday events.  Bentonville  Ark.  Sept. 2  2011
Phat Tire booth. First Friday events. Bentonville, Ark. Sept. 2, 2011
White House china during Clinton Administration.  Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.  Little R...
White House china during Clinton Administration. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. Little Rock, Ark.