Abortion issues are likely to come up in both houses of the state legislature today. A legislative conference committee has passed a Health and Human Services spending bill with money for lots of health and social services programs. But the bill does NOT include two controversial abortion provisions a majority of house members have demanded.

White County native, classical composer and honky tonk hero Bonnie Montgomery would have performed at Carnegie Hall this year with opera star Zachary James for “Call Out,” a concert featuring works by a lineup of women composers. That didn’t happen, but Montgomery’s “Song Beyond Words” reached ears anyway with a Out visual and audio album, with Kevin Skrla on steel guitar and James singing alongside soprano Megan Nielson on Montgomery piece. Oh, and don’t miss Montgomery’s set on this year’s Holiday Hangout, still up at the Arkansas Times YouTube channel.

Jorge Paulo Lemann Estimated net worth: $27 billion The richest man in Brazil, Lemann founded and runs financial firm 3G Capital, which has stakes in Anheuser Busch InBev, Burger King, and Tim Hortons. In March, 3G partnered with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway to invest in a merger between Heinz and Kraft, unifying the businesses into the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world. 14.

I had the opportunity to speak with Hannah Mohelnitzky Ryan Schmidt from our Engineering division about how the city handles snow and ice removal on the city’s shared use paths. You can listen to that podcast here. If you like what you hear, you can check out other recent episodes from the Everyday Engineering podcast series like this one on the new Fleet building on Nakoosa Trail or this one about amending your soil for improved stormwater infiltration..

“We’re older and wiser,” John says. “If we’re not wiser now, we damn well should be; both of us are in the last third of our lives. How many times do you get the chance to make a record with your idol? And someone who is your peer? And I just think it’s kismet, it’s fate, and I think the difference is now we can appreciate it much more than probably we would have done when we were younger, because we were moving at such high speed in those days.

Deep inside, I have an abiding love for that ranch, the two story log house they lived in, the one with no running water, and for them. We had a close relationship that few relatives, I suspect, could ever manage to fashion. The ranch finally took more than they could muster, although no one ever tried harder.