State Rep. Charles Blake (D-Little Rock) testifying to end the joint observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert E. Lee. (2015 file photo)
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

The top Democrat in Arkansas' House and the lawmaker who's pushed for removing the Confederate designation from the state's flag is stepping down from the Legislature.

Rep. Charles Blake said Thursday he's resigning from his seat representing a Little Rock district. Blake, who is the House minority leader, said his resignation will be effective Friday.

Blake said he's leaving for a new opportunity but declined to say what the new job will be.

Asa Hutchinson governor
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas' governor has released a plan to expand access to high-speed broadband communities with more than 500 residents by 2022.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday detailed the Arkansas State Broadband Plan , which is aimed at expanding access to high-speed internet to rural communities around the state. The plan includes calling for a state broadband office, which would be tasked with helping citizens, companies and municipalities use federal programs.

Sarah Kellogg - KUAR News / KUAR

Weeks after the Arkansas state legislature officially adjourned, its leaders are pleased with the work it accomplished during its almost 90 days of session. During a meeting of the Political Animals Club on Wednesday, Senate President Pro Tempore Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, called this past session the "most productive one that I’ve been a part of."

Encyclopedia of Arkansas
Encyclopedia of Arkansas

The online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture is getting a redesign. The resource is part of the Central Arkansas Library System and launched in 2006. But on Wednesday a revised, more modern version of the website was unviled. It includes new features and works on mobile devices.

Reporter Jacqueline Froelich with Fayetteville station KUAF spoke with staff at the encyclopedia about its past and what’s ahead. You can hear her report above or visit the revised site here.

Governor Asa Hutchinson
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he is "anxious for success" as the U.S. negotiates with China over trade tariffs. The escalating trade war has rattled markets, with soybean prices falling to their lowest levels in a decade.

"We’re praying that the president will be successful in these negotiations," Hutchinson said in an interview with KUAR News.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park
File Photo

A greater than average amount of rainfall in Arkansas has led to flash flooding and other hazards in the state. It also could lead to potentially risky hiking conditions in state parks.

David Monteith / KUAR News

The Little Rock Police Department will face continued scrutiny of its use of deadly force with the filing of a federal civil lawsuit Monday. The family James Hartsfield claims the officer used excessive force and that the city is also responsible for failing to properly train its officers.  

Imam, Mosque
Sarah Kellogg / KUAR News

May 6 marked the beginning of Ramadan, the ninth month on the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims across the globe. This year’s holy month also comes after attacks on Muslim communities in Sri Lanka and in Christchurch, New Zealand. Imam Muaaz Kalla of the Madina Institute in west Little Rock, says the attacks have prompted the institute to install extra security throughout the center.

Dr. Brian Nichol medical marijuana doctor
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas’s second medical marijuana dispensary opened one day earlier than expected. Green Springs Medical in Hot Springs began selling to people Sunday at about 4:15 p.m., according to KTHV-TV. It follows the opening Friday evening of Doctor’s Orders RX, which is also in Hot Springs. A steady stream of people lined up at the first dispensary through the weekend wanting to be among the first to get the drug.

Doctor's Orders Medical Marijuana
Mandy Hrach / KATV-TV

Medicial marijuanan is now available at the first dispensary in Arkansas. Doctor's Orders RX opened its doors Friday night, with lines of people waiting for hours outside the building in the rain to be among the first to get marijuana. Nearly 12,000 patients now have doctor-approved, state-issued medical marijuana cards.

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