Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 16:12:00

An open line, plus Dickson Street blues

Here's an open line. In the news today: An alcohol-fuels scrap on Dickson Street landed a high profile jock in trouble early this morning in Fayetteville. Not to worry. He's quarterback at Oklahoma.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 12:37:00

Fayetteville demonstrators stand up after anti-LGBT Supreme Court ruling

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that said a Fayetteville civil rights ordinance to protect LGBT people ran afoul of a state law meant to protect LGBT discrimination prompted a demonstration in favor of the ordinance in Fayetteville.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 08:28:13

Man killed after reportedly attempting to rob Little Rock police officer

A Little Rock police officer fatally shot a man he said attempted to rob him in a shopping center parking lot at Rodney Parham and Reservoir Roads about 7:40 p.m. Friday.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 08:27:00

Petition calls for Jason Rapert Sewage Tanks in Conway

A tribute is proposed for Conway's state senator Jason Rapert: naming the city's sewage sludge tanks for him. Petitioners see a similarity.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 07:53:00

Notes on the resistance: Pranksters, noisy town halls and Fox News expertise

Merry resistance pranksters, chicken GOP congressmen and a dubious Swedish "expert" on Fox News are part of a roundup of notes from the Trump resistance.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 17:29:00

The Ledge Gets Worse Edition

The state Supreme Court reversing a circuit decision upholding the Fayetteville civil rights ordinance, the latest from the legislature, Sen. Tom Cotton’s town hall in Springdale and the reinstatement of Judge Wade Naramore — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 16:54:00

TGIF

Here's the Friday open line, plus a roundup of news and comment.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 15:29:00

Fake news stings Tom Cotton

Satirist Andy Borowitz invoked the name of U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton in a humor column poking fun at Republicans running from town hall meetings. Maybe a little unfair to Cotton, who DID hold such an event.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 14:53:00

Price of a free press: Political retribution

The Trump administration freezes some reporters out of press gatherings. Dejavu all over again for us at the Arkansas Times.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 14:28:00

Discipline agency provides report on delay in Naramore case

The disciplinary investigation of Judge Wade Naramore of Hot Springs now includes a public report from the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission on the still open review of the judge following his arrest for negligent homicide in the hot car death of his child Thomas in 2015.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 13:16:00

Boozman: Prefers Florida fund-raiser to meeting Arkansas constituents

Sen. John Boozman's reluctance to meet in person with constituents gets some national attention, along with other Republican congressmen who've become shy about public meetings.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 13:09:00

Public comment period begins on medical marijuana commission rules

Have something to say about the draft rules created by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission to govern the licensing of dispensaries and cultivation facilities?

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 13:00:00

No debate today on the grocery store wine bill

Some unscheduled wrangling extended House debate this morning and it adjourned without debate on the Senate bill to expand wine sales in grocery stores.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:04:00

House approves amended tort reform amendment; rejects compromise

The House approved higher damage limits on the constitutional amendment aimed at discouraging lawsuits, but rejected a compromise proposal for a still higher cap and alteration in the limit on attorney fees.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 11:54:00

Hutchinson names Nathaniel Todd as Veterans Affairs director

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Nathaniel Todd as director of the state Department of Veteran Affairs.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 11:10:00

The failure of school vouchers

Three major studies. Three similar findings. School voucher programs not only don't improve educational attainment, they may set it back.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 11:04:00

State Police reports shooting of juvenile by Osceola police during arrest

The Arkansas State Police is reviewing a police shooting of a juvenile this morning in Osceola during an attempted arrest of robbery suspects.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:46:00

Capitol Zoning District Commission fails in House vote

Needing 75 votes, an appropriation for the Capitol Zoning District Commission got only 52 and failed to pass this morning.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:04:00

Chief Justice Kemp names interim court administrator

Chief Justice John Dan Kemp of the Arkansas Supreme Court announced today that Marty Sullivan had been appointed interim director of the administrative office of the courts, effective March 16. The previous director, J.D. Gingerich, recently resigned.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 09:44:00

Hot Springs chamber opposes bathroom bill

Add a Hot Springs business group to the list opposing proposed legislation to require that public restrooms be used by people with matching birth gender (the final legislation isn't on file; who knows what it will require for those with indeterminate gender at birth.) It's cold comfort giving the multiple ways in which the legislature, governor, attorney general and others defend legal discrimination against LGBT people in Arkansas.

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