Here's the Thursday open line and video roundup: Also:
* CHILD DEATH: The State Police say they are investigating the death of a Hampton three-year-old. The girl was found inside a washing machine in a Hampton residence Wednesday afternoon. An autopsy is being conducted on the cause of the girl's death.
* GOVERNMENT SPONSORED RELIGION: The Patheos website notes the "nasty habit" of El Dorado City Government and the El Dorado Police Department using Facebook pages to post Bible verses. The Freedom from Religion Foundation objected. City officials told them to jump in the lake, they weren't promoting one religion. (It just that anybody with any sense knows in El Do if you don't want to say you're a Christian best to keep quiet about it.) Since El Dorado continues to use its official message board to promote Christianity, the Foundation has encourage atheists to make posts to the page. The city may reach out to some of the ill-informed legal allliances that work in the name of religion in public life, no matter the Constitution (see Kim Davis). Some comments are coming in, such as these on police department page under a picture with phrase "God Bless America."
Multiple University of Arkansas at Fayetteville faculty members have told us that they have been warned about legislators monitoring Facebook looking for faculty members who make political posts between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. /more/
A New York premiere is underway for “Vietgone,” El Dorado native Qui Nguyen’s play about his parents, Quang and Tong Nguyen, meeting at a Fort Chaffee refugee camp after fleeing (or, in Quang’s case, being evacuated) from Vietnam. /more/
Sen. Jason Rapert sent me a Tweet early this morning claiming that Facebook had relented and reinstated some anti-Muslim Facebook posts that had been removed for violation of the private social media company's "community standards." True or not, he still doesn't get the U.S. Constitution. /more/
Sen. Jason Rapert's anti-Muslim views have won him national attention again. His call to ban entry of Muslims to the U.S. apparently got him taken down on Facebook and the senator is NOT happy about it. /more/
The Guardian is one of many worldwide publications focusing on Arkansas's plan to execute eight men in 10 days, here with comments from a former executioner on the toll killing other humans takes on those who carry out the death penalty.
Ernest Dumas reaches into history, some personal, for moments in Arkansas's view of refugees. It was brought to mind by the current crisis in Europe and the political divisions over whether the U.S. should respond to the needs of the displaced.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled today that he had no choice based on a past Arkansas Supreme Court decision but to dismiss a lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.But the judge did so unhappily with sharp criticism of the Arkansas Supreme Court for failing to address critical points raised in the lawsuit.