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Frank Lockwood

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In Hope, hopefuls messy and wet

posted: 08/10/2014 2:56 a.m. Gallery Discuss

HOPE -- With rain falling and the ground sopping wet, there weren't many observers Saturday for the Hope Watermelon Festival's annual Politically Correct Watermelon Eating Contest.

Israeli ambassador calls on Arkansas

posted: 07/12/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Ambassador Meir Shlomo, consul general of Israel to the Southwest, was interviewed earlier this month during his visit to Little Rock. This is an edited, abridged version of Shlomo's conversation with former Arkansas Democrat-Gazette religion editor Frank Lockwood, who now serves as politics/Washington editor.

Music Review: Small crowd soaks up big talents at Proms

posted: 06/22/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

There's apparently a musical time machine, and it touched down in North Little Rock on Friday night, transporting a Verizon Arena crowd back to the disco era.

U.S., state officials tour storm sites

posted: 05/05/2014 3:57 a.m. Discuss

VILONIA — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and former President Bill Clinton visited storm survivors Sunday, one week after an EF4 tornado cut a deadly swath through central Arkansas.

50% summer-meal boost earns state USDA kudos

posted: 02/28/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

In Alma, there was a bookmobile. In other communities across Arkansas there were churches and nonprofits.

Public utilities agency chooses chief of staff

posted: 12/31/2013 3:36 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Public Service Commission has selected Deputy Attorney General Dennis Hansen to serve as the agency’s chief administrative law judge and the commissioners’ chief of staff.

MUSIC REVIEW: Staples fills LR church with joy

posted: 10/12/2013 6:07 a.m. Discuss

Mavis Staples, the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted singer, has been selling records and packing music halls for more than a half-century, and she remains a powerful performer with a glorious voice and a spellbinding stage presence.

Wording fails for bids to void marriage limit

posted: 10/08/2013 4:21 a.m. Discuss

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel rejected the wording Monday of two pro-gaymarriage measures that activists hope to place on the 2016 ballot.

2 with state ties take up Syria cause

posted: 09/22/2013 5:02 a.m. Discuss

It took a sarin gas cloud and 1,400 deaths in the suburbs of Damascus to put Syria at the top of the American agenda.

Wal-Mart finds D.C. door open

posted: 09/22/2013 5 a.m. Comment 1

After building stores in all 50 states and in 26 other countries, the world’s largest retailer is finally moving into the nation’s capital.

D.C. judges cite tintype from state as timeless

posted: 09/20/2013 4:59 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — When the National Portrait Gallery staged a nationwide competition, it received entries utilizing 21st-century technology — the latest high-definition videos, inkjet printers and digital cameras — as well as old-fashioned pastels and paints.

Syria sparks email avalanche for Congress

posted: 09/16/2013 12:33 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON — While President Barack Obama was pressing Congress to approve military strikes against Syria, thousands of average Arkansans were lobbying the state’s delegation, urging them to vote against intervention in Syria’s civil war.

Violence act turns 19; Cotton vote hit

posted: 09/14/2013 4:03 a.m. Discuss

Nineteen years to the day after passage of the Violence Against Women Act, Arkansas Democrats on Friday blasted U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton for opposing separate Republican and Democratic efforts to reauthorize the measure.

Tribe to get Korean vet’s lost medals

posted: 09/14/2013 3:49 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — More than 60 years after William Wright died on a Korean battlefield, members of the Wyandotte Nation will honor his sacrifice and receive his service medals.

U.S. House approves bill to delay health-care subsidies

posted: 09/13/2013 3:05 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to prohibit the government from providing health-care subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until a system is in place to verify recipients’ household income.


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