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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Portents of Jonesboro Edition

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM

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The state Senate special election in Jonesboro, early consequences of the new voter ID law, state Rep. Mark Biviano applying for a six figure job he helped create, Tom Cotton voting against Arkansas and creationism and charter schools — all discussed on this week's edition.

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