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Sterling Plaza Sale Tops $3.4M (Real Deals)Lock Icon

The 15,685-SF commercial project in west Little Rock was purchased by Wolf Track Farm LLC, led by Chris Primm. read more >
A map showing the Arkansas counties that voted in favor legalizing recreational marijuana in the 2022 midterm elections.
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Snuffed Out: How The Recreational Marijuana Amendment FailedLock Icon

An “unusual alliance” across the political spectrum and doubts about business details helped doom the legalization attempt, campaign veterans and observers say. read more >
Nate Steel, a Little Rock lawyer, is chief compliance and government affairs officer for Good Day Farm, which supports adult-use cannabis and the causes that tax proceeds from legalization would support.
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Cannabis Legalization: Business Pros and ConsLock Icon

What the vote for recreational marijuana could mean for business, from the size of the market to its sales and tax potential. read more >
The Arkansas State Capitol was the scene as Arkansas’ General Assembly enacted restrictions on transgender youths.
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Transgender Laws Draw a Hot SpotlightLock Icon

New restrictions on trangender minors have left the state a target of scorn and boycotts, and LGBTQ activists were calling the new legislation itself a hate crime. read more >
Esperanza Massana-Crane, the state’s new director of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise, says a hate crimes bill is necessary for Arkansas, a stand also held by her boss, Commerce Secretary Mike Preston, and his boss, Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
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The Costs of a Hateful ImageLock Icon

Senate Bill 3, commonly known as the “hate crimes bill,” boils down to a crucial chance to burnish Arkansas’ image and remove a hurdle to recruiting companies and workers, government officials and business leaders say. read more >
Jason Rapert
Health Care / Legal

State Senate Panel Advances Near-Total Ban on Abortions

An Arkansas Senate panel advances legislation aimed at forcing the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade by banning nearly all abortions. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Senate President Jim Hendren.
Legal / Public Companies

Effort in Arkansas to Enact Hate Crimes Law in Jeopardy

A push to enact a hate crimes law in Arkansas, a state with a history of white supremacists, appeared to have all the elements for success. But the law's chances are in jeopardy even before lawmakers return to the Capitol. read more >

Campaign Begins Against Recreational Marijuana in Arkansas

Arkansas' surgeon general and church groups launched a campaign Thursday against recreational marijuana proposals that advocates hope to get on the ballot four years after voters approved medical marijuana. read more >
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Fults Aims to Put Recreational Cannabis on 2020 Ballot

Cannabis advocate Melissa Fults says her nonprofit will file two ballot petitions with the Arkansas secretary of state on Wednesday, including one that would legalize recreational use of cannabis. read more >
Some Arkansas cities are taking steps to establish entertainment districts in which open containers of alcoholic beverages are allowed on public streets, similar to the Beale Street District in Memphis, shown above.
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Arkansas Cities Seek to Create ‘Entertainment Districts’Lock Icon

A number of Arkansas cities — including El Dorado, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Texarkana — are either considering or are taking steps toward creating “entertainment districts” that would allow the open carry of alcohol. read more >
Trent Garner
Health Care / Legal

Arkansas Lawmakers Eye More Abortion Restrictions Next Year

Arkansas' predominantly Republican Legislature is preparing to take up new abortion restrictions when lawmakers convene next month, even as the state's past efforts to restrict the procedure remain caught up in legal fights. read more >
Architect’s renditions of the proposed Quapaw-run casino for Pine Bluff, tentatively named Saracen Casino Resort, after a historic Quapaw Tribe chief.
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Cherokee, Quapaw Tribes Betting on Casino AmendmentLock Icon

Two Native American tribes triumphed last week when the Arkansas secretary of state’s office said enough signatures had been gathered to put a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot and let voters decide on legalizing casino gambling. read more >
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Arkansas Casino Legalization Proposal Approved for Ballot

A proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas has been approved for the November ballot. read more >
Jerry Cox
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Family Council Opposition Stuns ‘Tort Reform’ Advocates

So-called tort reform has been an easy sell in states controlled by Republicans, and backers of a lawsuit-limiting proposal on the ballot in Arkansas this fall expected little trouble winning passage until they ran into a surprising obstacle from a reliable conservative ally. read more >
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge accused the state Supreme Court of muddying the waters regarding initiative standards.  Attorney David Couch and Family Council President Jerry Cox (inset) believe the process for citizen-led ballot proposals should be made easier.
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Political Opponents Seeking Fairness in Initiative ProcessLock Icon

David Couch is a self-proclaimed liberal lawyer and Jerry Cox is the head of the conservative Family Council in Little Rock. They rarely agree on anything, but they do agree on citizen-led ballot proposals. read more >
Brad Hendricks (left), a Little Rock attorney, opposes the proposed tort reform amendment. Carl Vogelpohl supports Issue 1 and says it will bring jobs to Arkansas.
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The Pros and Cons of Arkansas Tort ReformLock Icon

With less than five months before the November vote on capping attorney’s fees and damages, groups for and against tort reform in Arkansas are making their case with money. read more >
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Medical Pot Deadline Opens New Set of Challenges (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Arkansas will get its first hint this week of just how large the state's medical marijuana industry will become with hundreds of applications expected to be delivered for those wanting to grow and sell the drug. read more >
Jerry Cox
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Groups Issue Warning with Arkansas Abortion Lawsuits (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Opponents repeatedly warned that GOP moves to restrict abortion would prompt the types of legal challenges that have halted or overturned other bans enacted in recent years. And now the lawsuits are coming. read more >
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Arkansas to Accept Medical Marijuana Card Applications

Arkansas' medical marijuana industry will ramp up in the next week, with the state poised to accept applications from potential patients, growers and distributors. read more >
Linda Collins-Smith
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Arkansas Panel Closer to Public Building ‘Bathroom Bill’

An Arkansas Senate committee moved closer Wednesday to approving a bill to require that people in public schools and government buildings use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their birth gender. read more >