Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 17:14:00

Democrats back medical marijuana, sort of

An AP Twitter caught my attention with this headline: "Eldridge, Arkansas Democrats back medical marijuana." The full story is more nuanced in the current Arkansas context.

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 16:10:00

Democrats sue to removed convicted Republican from House ballot

State Rep. Johnnie Bolin, represented by the Democratic Party counsel Chris Burks, sued today in Drew County to have Republican James Hall removed from the November general election ballot as the Republican candidate for the currently vacant House District 9 seat.

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 15:42:00

Another week, another open line

Here's the Monday open line and the daily news video.

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 14:37:00

Razorbacks beef up security for 2016 football season

40/29 reports on increased security at Razorback football games this year, including more cameras and more law enforcement "spotters" in the crowd for potential trouble.

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 12:09:18

UPDATE: Lawsuit filed against amendment to limit nursing home, other medical damages

The Arkansas Bar Association has already announced it opposition to the nursing home-backed amendment to limit damages in medical lawsuits. Today, it is expected to announce a list of former bar presidents who oppose the amendment and the filing of a lawsuit challenging the ballot title.

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 12:04:27

The Concrete Gulch Chronicles

In alternate universes, such as booming Vancouver, city leaders don't think ever wider freeways are the answer to traffic congestion. But what do they know, right Mayor Stodola?

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 11:51:00

FBI: Attempts made to hack state voter systems

Foreign hackers' efforts to penetrate two states' election databases have prompted a warning from the FBI about election security. In Arkansas, the man in charge, Secretary of State Mark Martin, has already proved a dubious protector of voting rights.

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 11:02:00

Strange bedfellows in the fight against corporate welfare

I find myself in league with some unusual allies, including Rep. Nate Bell, in opposition to the legislatively referred constitutional amendment that would pledge state revenues to support huge loans to private business and also legalize taxpayer subsidies of chambers of commerce. The political majority takes fiscal prudence, but this and a new office building for Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr show they don't put their savings where their mouths are.

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 10:38:00

Dumb and dumber: Anthony Weiner edition

Yeah, he did it again. And now Huma Abedin is separating from sexty Anthony Weiner. Irrelevant though it might be, it will be the day's story in the race for president.

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 09:38:00

Campus 'shame' list includes two Arkansas colleges

Two Arkansas campuses have made an LGBT group's Shame List for seeking a waiver from compliance with the TItle IX civil rights law.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 17:04:00

Sunday's open line

The Sunday open line.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 08:43:00

Satanic Temple: Make Rapert pay for Ten Commandments monument

A petition drive has begun to encourage a demand that Sen. Jason Rapert pay for the legal fees in defending his Ten Commandments monument proposed for the state Capitol grounds. It's more work by the Satanic Temple, which has fought church-state entanglement around the country.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 08:29:00

School takeovers erode democracy, target minority communities

New reporting shows state takeover of schools around the country, including in Little Rock, have disproportionately affected minority communities.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 08:15:00

Concrete gulch hearing this week

Metroplan will vote Wednesday on a waiver of the six-lane freeway limit in its regional transportation plan to remove one obstacle to building a huge concrete gulch through the center of Little Rock — 10 lanes of freeway and even more concrete in some spots — to hasten the movement of traffic to and from suburbs to the detriment of quality of life in the city. Big surprise: the business establishment's drum major Mayor Mark Stodola, wants to pour the concrete.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 14:56:00

Saturday's open line. ex-senator DWI charge noted in Conway; Buffalo River test pressure continues.

The Saturday open line. News includes a DWI arrest in Conway and a report on efforts to protect the Buffalo River from hog waste

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Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 08:31:00

Singing along with a legislative caucus. Is it in tune with ethics law?

A karaoke night for the House Republican Caucus raises anew just where the ethics law draws the line on corporate and lobbyist payments that benefit legislators.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 08:06:00

City residency for employees back before Little Rock City Board

The Little Rock City Board agenda session Tuesday includes a proposal to provide a cash incentive for new city employees to live in the city.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 16:49:00

Federal court in North Carolina blocks discriminatory anti-LGBT bill

A federal court has blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing the anti-LGBT North Carolina law intended to block transgender people from using bathroom and other facilities for their gender identity.

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Friday, August 26, 2016 - 15:45:00

Jury convicts Brad Bartelt of terroristic threatening in ASU threat case

KAIT reports that a jury in Jonesboro has found Brad Bartelt guilty of erroristic threatening in the incident in which he drove last December onto the Arkansas State University campus with a shotgun and threatened to kill himself. The jury acquitted him on five counts of aggravated assault.

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