Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 15:46:31

The line is open

Three days done. Your turn.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 14:49:38

Pulaski jail going on-line with inmate roster

Sheriff Doc Holladay announces that, beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, you can go to the Pulaski County sheriff's website for current information on people currently in the county jail.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 11:32:28

The GOP war on voting

Good article in Rolling Stone on a subject near and dear to the heart of 2nd District U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin: As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 11:25:14

Police catch burglary suspects after chase, gunfire

The Little Rock police report the arrest of three burglary suspects yesterday afternoon in Boyle Park after a car chase in which shots were reportedly fired at pursuing officers.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 10:58:09

Gunn's actions draw editorial rebuke

The Northwest Arkansas Times editorialized today on a topic it reported last week — then-Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn's abusive treatment of a drug court defendant who didn't want to be on TV.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 10:28:26

140 jobs predicted for new plant in Bauxite

The official announcement today of an expanded manufacturing facility in Bauxite says it could put 140 people to work.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 09:19:00

The Times gets a facelift

Our new-look print edition hits newsstands beginning today. It's the first substantial redesign of the Times in 20 years.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 06:26:26

Who stole my country?

Don't know about you, but my scan of morning headlines was disheartening this morning. * LOATHING THE POOR: There's New York Times commentary on the Republican war on the poor.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 06:20:59

Beware of caterers bearing gifts UPDATE

The Democrat-Gazette's Debra Hale-Shelton does it again — unearthed a most salient fact missing from a University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees discussion.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 02:08:07

Navigation concerns slow Little Rock marina

Negotiations have been underway between the Corps of Engineers and representatives of John Burkhalter, the Little Rock businessman who wants to build a marina on the Arkansas River about a half-mile downstream from the old Rock Island railroad bridge in front of the Clinton Library.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 17:08:02

The line is open

It's Tuesday and your on. Close-outs: * HE LIKES MIKE: Columnist Mark Shields writes warmly of Mike Huckabee and recounts how Huckabee thinks he could beat Barack Obama in 2012, if only he could survive the Republican primary first.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 16:57:24

SeaArk ending Monticello boat production

News of an increase in bauxite mining employment in Arkansas — once a very big deal in Saline County — is balanced in the wrong direction by closure of a long-standing Arkansas enterprise, the SeaArk boat plant in Monticello.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 15:48:29

Don't confuse school reformers with facts

The Daily Howler, written by a former teacher and journalist, is often brilliant on education issues.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 14:29:41

Bauxite mining expansion expected

Talk Business summarizes word leaking of a Saline County business announcement tomorrow said to mean 100 $20/hour jobs in an expansion of the bauxite mining operation of a French company, Saint-Gobain.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 12:42:24

Jason Baldwin's thank-you

The Facebook page of Jason Baldwin has a thank-you from the West Memphis Three defendant released last week.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 11:07:24

Highway Commission meeting in secret UPDATE

The state Highway Commission began an executive session yesterday that continues through today and, from the distant seat where I sit, it would appear they haven't convened wholly legally.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 10:38:51

Democrat Ken Aden announces for 3rd District Congress

A report from AP this morning that the Democratic Party has a challenger for 3rd District U.S. Rep. Steve Womack.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 10:02:33

Dizzy's owner fires back at tax collectors UPDATE

We've written a couple of times — here and also here — about a publicity stunt by Pulaski and Saline County tax collectors — Debra Buckner and Joy Ballard, respectively — to stage a media event over collection of $900 in business personal property taxes said to be owed in Saline county by Dizzy's, a Little Rock restaurant that moved in late 2009 from Benton.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 09:41:11

Arkansas home sales up in July

The Arkansas Realtors Association says Arkansas home sales were up almost 20 percent in July compared with the same month last year and it's a relatively straight comparison, with no tax credit factor in last year's numbers.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 09:24:20

Republican flavor of the day: Union bashing

Any day is a good day for labor bashing by the Republican Party. The latest gimmick is a Republican effort — a la the challenge to health care reform — to round up attorneys general from around the U.S. to sue over the National Labor Relations Board adverse decision on Boeing's move of a manufacturing line to South Carolina to get away from a union workforce in Washington.

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