Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 11:05:00

Bridgeageddon begins. The Broadway Bridge is closed

A ceremonial closure of the Broadway Bridge this morning begins a six-month period for construction of a replacement span over the Arkansas River. Will road rage result? Odds are good at rush hours.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 09:50:00

There Leslie Rutledge goes again; now she faults Hillary for Bill's infidelity 20 years ago

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's disastrous appearance Monday night on CBS — which produced a record amount of comment and views on both our Facebook page, Twitter account and Arkansas Blog — apparently didn't harm her standing as a Trump surrogate. She's back on air today, this time blaming Hillary Clinton for Bill Clinton's indiscretions 20 years ago.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 09:10:00

The rebel flag debate at UA continued

More today from the University of Arkansas newspaper, the Traveler, on student efforts to discourage display of the Confederate flag at the recently concluded Bikers, Blues and BBQ rally in Fayetteville. Fear of retribution — financial and physical — led some to oppose a resolution against dispaly of the flag.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 07:51:00

Another ethics complaint against Mike Holcomb

Does Republican Rep. Mike Holcomb ever file accurate and timely campaign finance reports?

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 07:41:00

Gala guests revealed by University of Arkansas after repeat FOI request

The University of Arkansas has rethought its decision to refuse to release the names of  invitees to the $450,000 gala that began a billion-dollar fund drive.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 18:32:00

John Walker rejects city apology for arrest during filming of police

State Rep. John Walker rejects the city's apology for his arrest yesterday and complains at the city's decision to pursue a charge against an associate in his law firm.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 16:05:00

Special master says signatures sufficient on medical marijuana act

Retired Judge John Robbins, sitting by Arkansas Supreme Court appointment, has found that sufficient signatures were gathered to put the medical marijuana initiated act on the ballot.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 14:37:00

Another U.S. Senate debate that Boozman likely will skip

Conner Eldridge, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, says another senatorial debate is scheduled at noon Friday at Philander Smith College. He and Libertarian Frank Gilbert will participate. Eldridge said that incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman has been invited.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 14:15:03

Little Rock police to drop charge against Walker, apologize

The Little Rock police department will formally drop a charge against state Rep. John Walker and send him a formal letter of apology. A charge against a colleague will remain,. The arrests followed Walker's filming of police arrest of two other men. Chief Kenton Buckner said Walker's arrest wasn't justified.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 14:00:00

The open line and news video, including debate recap

Here's today's open line and the daily video with news and comment.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 12:22:00

Bethel Heights part-time cop fired over racial Facebook post

40/29 reports that the Bethel Heights Police Department has fired part-time officer David Hastings for c ritical comments he'd made about the Black Lives Matter movement and black people generally.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 12:08:00

Heritage hires a prophet to run Delta Cultural Center

The Delta Cultural Center has a new director. Helena native Kyle T. Miller. He has an interesting sideline as a prophet and dream interpreter.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 10:44:00

Gilbert Baker pleads guilty in DWI case

Former Republican senator and lobbyist Gilbert Baker today entered a negotiated plea to charges arising from his Aug. 26  arrest for drunk driving.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 10:23:00

Leslie Rutledge gets torched in national spotlight

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge appeared on a CBS panel Monday night as a defender of Donald Trump. Bob Schieffer wasn't impressed.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 09:08:00

Sierra Club rips Rutledge for opposing clean air rules

Oral arguments were presented to a federal appeals court in Washington today by a group of Republican-led states, including Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, challenging the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to global warming. The Sierra Club used the occasion to blast Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for fighting clean air and water rules.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 07:39:00

The lesson of EpiPen

Ernest Dumas this weeks writes about the high-priced  EpiPen and it's symbolism for a Congress controlled by drug makers, as well as rising health care costs

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 07:17:00

Clinton a clear winner in first debate. But .....

Even conservative commentators are saying, if grudgingly, that Hillary Clinton was the clear winner in last night's TV debate. The question is: does it translate to votes?

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 15:42:00

Monday night's open line, plus the daily news roundup

The open line for Monday, with the daily news video.

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Monday, September 26, 2016 - 13:19:00

John Walker and another lawyer arrested after filming police

State Rep. John Walker, 79, the civil rights lawyer, and a fellow lawyer, Omavi Kushukuru, 29, were arrested by Little Rock police this morning for obstructing governmental operations.

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Monday, September 26, 2016 - 12:41:00

Bipartisan juvenile justice reform bill has one problem in Congress: Tom Cotton

In a year in which politics has prevented passage of much significant in Congress, a potential huge victory is possible for the Obama administration — improvement in juvenile justice. Problem: U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton.

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