Acclaimed jazz pianist Peter Martin is set to play a show with his trio at South on Main Sunday, Feb. 9. John spoke with Peter ahead of his appearance about playing with Betty Carter, performing for the President and what to expect at his Little Rock performance.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for northwestern Arkansas and a winter weather advisory for most of the remainder of the state as a winter storm is expected to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain to the region.
Both the warning and the advisory are in effect until midnight Sunday. The weather service says two to four inches of freezing rain, sleet and snow are expected in the northwestern corner of the state and one to three inches is possible elsewhere.
Only the southern one-third of the state was not included in the advisories.
After changes made last year to the state's parole system county jails have seen an influx of inmates. Sheriffs are reporting overcrowding and Governor Mike Beebe has proposed additional funds.
In his weekly radio address Beebe linked the fate of the private option Medicaid expansion to prisons.
“I explained to the sheriffs that if the private option fails the additional funds to ease overcrowding and ensure payment for housing state inmates will be much harder to find. Without the private option, there will be an $89 million hole in the proposed budget,” said Beebe.
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is offering a program to help clean hazardous substances found on a person’s property without penalty by entering into an Elective Site Clean-Up Agreement. The program is for those responsible for possible contaminations on their land and is designed to remediate cases within two years.
Chief of the Department’s Hazardous Waste Division, Tammie Hynum said participants are assisted by the Department in investigating and disposing of the substances without penalties they could face otherwise.
Three weeks after saying he'd step down over ethics violations, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has made his resignation official.
Darr submitted his resignation letter Friday to Secretary of State Mark Martin, stepping down in the wake of an $11,000 fine he received from the state Ethics Commission.
Darr announced on Jan. 10 that he would resign but hadn't submitted a formal letter to Gov. Mike Beebe or any other officials. Beebe had said he was unsure whether Darr's resignation would be official without a formal letter.
A federal judge in Little Rock is to decide whether to grant a new hearing to an Oklahoma man sentenced to die for the slaying of an Arkansas family on grounds that he had inadequate representation at trial and during appeals.
Danny Lee was sentenced to die for the 1996 slayings of a Pope County gun dealer, his wife and young daughter.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes heard arguments that Lee's trial lawyer should have worked to block introduction of evidence that Lee is a psychopath.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected a proposed ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in Arkansas.
McDaniel said in an opinion released Thursday that there are ambiguities in the wording of the proposed constitutional amendment submitted by Marjorie LeClair of Shirley. McDaniel must certify the proposal before supporters can begin gathering the signatures needed to place it on the ballot.
The proposal calls for repealing state laws related to the cannabis plant.