Small models of statues made by the sculptors Benjamin Victor of Daisy Bates (left) and Kevin Kresse of Johnny Cash.
Arkansas National Statuary Hall Steering Committee

Arkansas is ready to change its sculptures in the National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol, and sculptors have been selected. The two statues in the Hall, those of U.M. Rose and James P. Clarke, will be replaced with civil rights icon Daisy Gatson Bates and hall-of-fame musician Johnny Cash.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (left) and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders are vying for the Republican nomination for governor.
Talk Business & Politics

Eleven months until they may square off in a GOP primary for Arkansas Governor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is viewed more favorably by voters than Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll of 535 statewide voters shows that Sanders is sitting with a 43.5-41.5% favorable-unfavorable rating, while Rutledge is viewed 31% favorably to 41% unfavorably.

Q: Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Sarah Huckabee Sanders?

43.5% Favorable
41.5% Unfavorable
15% Don’t Know

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A new program aims to provide low-income Arkansans with financial support for broadband internet access.

State and local officials, including Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr., are partnering on a public awareness campaign for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program from the Federal Communications Commission.

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The public lynching of John Carter, a Black man, by a white mob in 1927 was remembered during a memorial ceremony on Sunday at the Haven of Rest Cemetery.

This is the first in a series of lynching commemorations that the Pulaski County Community Remembrance Project plans to do, with the next one set to happen in Argenta in late October memorializing Homer G. Blackman.

Arkansas Legislature
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Controversial topics drowned out the typical bread-and-butter business of the legislative session, and that played out in public opinion.

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll of 535 Arkansas voters finds the 93rd General Assembly with only a 32% approval rating, while 45% disapproved of its actions.

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the job the Arkansas legislature is doing?

32% Approve
45% Disapprove
23% Don’t Know

Arkansas State Trooper Rodney Dunn approaches an SUV intentionally after causing it to crash on July 9, 2020.
Arkansas State Police

An Arkansas woman who says she was injured when a state trooper deliberately bumped into her SUV, causing it to flip, because she didn’t immediately pull over for a traffic stop is suing him and the agency.

An attorney for Janice Nicole Harper filed the lawsuit last month in Pulaski County against trooper Rodney Dunn, several of his supervisors and the Arkansas State Police, alleging negligence and excessive use of force.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on this week's Talk Business & Politics.
Talk Business & Politics

A protracted pandemic, a contentious legislative session, and a contrarian stance against Trumpism may have taken a toll on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s job approval rating with Arkansas voters.

According to a new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll, Hutchinson – who is in his seventh year as governor – has a healthy job approval rating of 52-36%.

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A new statewide fund aims to support organizations in Arkansas serving the LGBTQ community.

The Bentonville-based Walton Family Foundation announced Thursday it’s partnering with the Arkansas Community Foundation to distribute $1 million dollars worth of grants to groups working to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ Arkansans.

Walton Family Foundation spokesperson Luis Gonzalez says it’s designed to include members of the community in the process.

Arkansas Governor Declares Emergency Because Of Flooding

Jun 10, 2021
Residents of Dumas in southeast Arkansas wade through high flood water Thursday after heavy rainfall this week.
KATV-Channel 7

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response to the record rainfall and flooding in the southeastern area of the state.

The declaration allows the governor to direct $100,000 from the Governor’s Disaster Fund to the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management, to be used at the discretion of the agency’s director, AJ Gary.

Sculptor Benjamin Victor shows a model of what he envisions the Johnny Cash statue would like during a meeting Wednesday.
Arkansas Citizens Access Network

Ahead of an expected decision Monday, five artists who want the honor of making statues of civil rights leader Daisy Bates and music legend Johnny Cash that will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol presented models Wednesday of what they envision their works would look like.

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