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Friday, March 14, 2014

The PAC Men Edition

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Nursing home owner Michael Morton and his campaign contributions, Sheridan High School’s move to suppress a gay high school student from writing about his experience in a yearbook, the future of a tax break on fracking sand, the trials of former UCA official Jack Gillean and former treasurer Martha Shoffner and the Pulaski Tech millage vote — all covered on this week's show. 

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