Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 09:14:00

Women's march set Saturday, Jan. 21 in Little Rock

Here's another march to plan for: The Women's March in Little Rock Saturday in conjunction with the post-inauguration event the same day in Washington, D.C.

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Monday, January 16, 2017 - 09:06:00

North Little Rock defends the Jerry Jones gift to cops, but ...

North Little Rock has filed its formal defense of the expensive gift of an outing to a Dallas Cowboy football game to North Little Rock cops. But questions remain.

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Monday, January 16, 2017 - 06:53:00

The highs and lows of Arkansas's observance of a joint King-Lee holiday

It's a state holiday today to observe the birthdays of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee, the general who led the secessionist states' fight to preserve slavery. From the files of history, King's famous speech and the segregationist roots of the Lee Holiday observance in Arkansas.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 16:55:00

A foggy open line and preparation for King-Lee Day

The line is open. Perhaps you're reading in preparation for the King-Lee holiday tomorrow. One book is currently sold out, thanks to Donald Trump.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 16:44:00

An angle on collecting sales tax from Amazon, other online sales

The president of the Arkansas Restaurant Association says there is a way to make sure a sales tax is collected from on-line retailers, most recently adopted in Louisiaa. He's working on the idea in Arkansas.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 08:24:00

LR City Hall agenda: Sales taxes

The Little Rock City Board of Directors has  scheduled a vote on a resolution asking for a meeting with the Arkansas congressional delegation about federal legislation to allow cities to recapture sales tax revenue lost to Internet sales.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 07:34:00

A president from Facebook? Vanity Fair makes a case

A run for president by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. A Vanity Fair writer thinks its possible. Does making nice in Arkansas recently add another clue?

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Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 07:24:00

Save my health care. Just don't call it Obamacare

A reporter for the Toronto Star visited Arkansas to illustrate the irony, to use a kind word, that abounds in the rush by Republicans to repeal Obamacare.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 17:15:00

LR residents seek meeting with Johnny Key on School District

Little Rock residents have petitioned for a public meeting with the Little Rock School District "School Board," which under current law means the state educational commissioner. There are many questions on which his answers might be interesting.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 16:54:00

The open line: Trump says John Lewis, 'all talk'

Donald Trump. Now he's gone on Twitter to call civil rights legend, Rep. John Lewis, " all talk, no action" for saying he wouldn't attend the Trump inauguration. Lewis believes Trump won office illegitimately, thanks to Russian interference.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 08:06:00

UPDATE: Retired Arkansas Arts Center director Townsend Wolfe dies at 81

Townsend Durant Wolfe, III, retired director and chief curator of the Arkansas Arts Center, has died at 81.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 07:55:00

With the vote to kill Obamacare a reminder of what will be lost

Andy Slavin, the acting administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, posted onTwitter last night what will be lost. by the repeal of Obamacare. The ill effects cover just about everyone.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 07:48:00

Though Medicaid asset tests are prohibited, Arkansas plans a way around

The Arkansas crackdown on poor recipients of welfare programs is underway including a work-around of the prohibition of asset tests for Medicaid recipients.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 17:16:00

Director departs state Behavioral Health Services

Charlie Green has resigned as director of the state Division of Behavioral Health Services to take a private sector job with a provider of community mental health services in Arkansas.

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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 17:05:00

What the Lee holiday in Arkansas is really about. It isn't good.

Since the Lee-King debate is cranking up again, it's a good time to repeat Ernest Dumas's history lesson on how Arkansas came to observe Robert E. Lee's birthday thanks to legislative action more than 80 years after the end of the Civil War.

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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 17:03:00

The Kickback Edition

On the podcast: the federal investigation into kickbacks involving state legislators and the General Assembly, which convened this week before taking a long weekend to celebrate R.E. Lee and MLK Jr. Day.

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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 15:57:00

To repeat: Ecclesia College has nothing further to say

Patheos blogger Warren Throckmorton calls my attention to a comment added today to the Facebook page of Ecclesia College of Springdale, which has a role in the kickback scandal involving former Republican Rep. Micah Neal of Springdale and other political players.

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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 14:50:00

TGIF: An open line and the news roundup

The Friday the 13th open line and a news roundup to match.

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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 14:13:00

Hutchinson fills commission seats

Gov. Asa Hutchinson today announced the appointment of a member of the State Police Commission and five members of the governing boards of public universities.

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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 14:07:00

Comey: Mum's the word on Trump

By this account, FBI Director James Comey angered legislators from both parties by refusing to talk about the reported FBI inquiries into Donald Trump's ties to Russia (a far bigger question than the unconfirmed hotel sexcapades.)

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