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Razorback Athletics Expands Alcohol Sales

According to a KARK-Channel 7 Aug. 1 report, “Beginning with the 2019 season, fans attending football games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium will be able to purchase beer and wine in public areas of the stadium. Alcoholic beverages at Razorback football games have been available since 2014 but previously have only been available in suites and private club areas. The program will now be expanded to create availability for the purchase of beer and wine to fans 21 years or older within designated public areas in and around the stadium.”

In May, the Southeastern Conference announced the revision of a policy that had previously restricted the sale of alcohol in public areas of athletics venues. Under the revised policy, each institution within the conference now has the autonomy to determine the permissibility of selling alcoholic beverages in its athletics venues, subject to certain conference-wide alcohol management expectations.

At this time, War Memorial Stadium also anticipates employing an expanded alcohol sales program for Razorback Football games. No decision has been made concerning the expansion of alcohol sales to other on-campus athletics venues, including Bud Walton Arena and Baum-Walker Stadium. (kark.com)

Quapaw Nation Breaks Ground

Nearly two months after the Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a gaming license for the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma in Pine Bluff, the business partnership for the Indian tribe and host of dignitaries broke ground Aug. 5 on the $350 million gaming complex in Jefferson County.

Based on the original blueprints from Quapaw Nation’s Downstream Development Authority LLC, the Saracen Casino Resort will include 570,000 sq. ft. of construction on 110 acres, including an 80,000 sq. ft. gaming floor, 300-room hotel, convention center, and entertainment venue. Quapaw Nation officials have said the construction stage will produce more than 1,000 construction jobs, which is expected to take place over 18 months. (katv.com)

New Abortion Facility in Little Rock

“Planned Parenthood of the Great Plains has announced plans to open a new abortion facility in west Little Rock,” said Jerry Cox in an Aug. 2 Family Council report. The facility reportedly will be housed in a former foot and ankle clinic in the 1500 block of Aldersgate Road.

“It’s sadly ironic that the nation’s largest abortion provider is placing an abortion facility on a road named after the place in England where the John Wesley had a profound religious awakening before he started the Methodist movement in the 18th century,” he continued.

Based on legal documents and state reports from 2017, Family Council estimates that Planned Parenthood is responsible for approximately 70% of all chemical abortions in Arkansas. In May Planned Parenthood of the Great Plains held a fundraiser in Little Rock, where they reportedly raised $115,000.

Planned Parenthood currently has an abortion facility on 12th Street in Little Rock, and that facility reportedly will remain open while the group transitions to the new facility on Aldersgate. (familycouncil.org)