A screw-up that's disenfranchised untold numbers of eligible voters, a funding change proposed for higher education and Hillary Clinton and the wrap-up of the Democratic National Convention — all covered on this week's podcast.
Clarksville Light and Water Co. has asked the state Public Service Commission to be granted intervenor status in the application by Diamond Pipeline to cross five navigable state waterways to get oil from Oklahoma to Memphis.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today struck down North Carolina's new voter identification law with a sharply-worded criticism of the lower court that upheld the law, saying it "chose not to see the forest for the trees," and of the North Carolina legislature, saying its intent to discriminate was clear.
The Associated Press reports that the Secretary of State's office verified 72,309 signatures on petitions for the November ballot submitted by Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana, short of the 84,859 required. But because the number is at least 75 percent of the required number, the office will extend the deadline to Aug. 29 for backers to reach the required number.
Arkansas's jail populations grew more than all but one other state between 2006 and 2013 in terms of percentage. Among those in jails are a disproportionally high number of people with mental health and substance abuse disorders, and throughout the correction system, there is a dearth of treatment programs. Meanwhile, the state Parole Board is keeping more and more inmates in prison beyond the date they are eligible for parole.
Most reading this watched last night’s final night of the Democratic National Convention and have watched many more hours of analysis of Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech and the other events of the evening, so I will avoid too many more words on what was a crisply delivered speech.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Criminal Justice will study "disproportionate minority contact within the criminal justice system" under a contract with the state Department of Human Services, it has announced.The seven-year contract is for $525,000 and will fund two doctoral student positions.
Growth in rental housing has far outpaced growth in the housing market in recent years in Central Arkansas and that's likely to continue, according to a new report by Metroplan, the regional planning organization. Three percent fewer people in the region (i.e., the six counties that comprise the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan statistical area) owned homes in 2014 than they did in 2010; nationally, 1.2 percent do. Meanwhile, rental housing has grown by 7 percent in Central Arkansas and 9 percent nationally.
Gatehouse Media, which owns the Pine Bluff Commercial, has dismissed the newspaper's publisher and editor, Byron Tate, and replaced him with Ed Graves, a former executive at USA Weekend, the Commercial reports. Graves will be the newspaper's first African-American publisher.