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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 09:57:00

Hutchinson plans change at Securities Department

State Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure tells me he was informed yesterday by a representative of the incoming Hutchinson administration that Asa Hutchinson would be naming a new director of the state Securities Department, which oversees the securities business.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 09:31:00

Jeb Bush announces presidential exploration bid

Jeb Bush took to social media this morning to announce an exploratory bid to run for president in 2016. Has anybody of substance ever undertaken an exploration that didn't end with an affirmative decision?

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 07:03:00

Taliban kills dozens of children in attack on Pakistani school

The New York Times reports on a Taliban attack on a school in Islamabad that left scores of children dead and hundreds of students trapped inside.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 06:50:00

Following the money at Arkansas State University; who got improper discounts?

Legislative Audit released its review of Arkansas State University finances yesterday and it included a report on a topic suggested for review by ASU's internal auditor concerning student housing discounts given by Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lonnie Williams.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 20:46:00

ASU application for osteopathic medical school rejected; school to try again

Arkansas Business' Lee Hogan reports that an accrediting commission has turned down an application to open a branch of a New York osteopathic college of medicine at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. ASU says it will try again, with hopes to open the branch by 2016.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 18:51:00

Audit faults state agency payment to Democratic Black Caucus

John Lyon of Stephens Media reports on a Legislative Audit finding that a $1,500 payment the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission made to the Democratic Black Caucus appeared to be a prohibited political contribution.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 17:42:00

Airport Commission set to consider Central Flying/TAC deal

The Little Rock Airport Commission will consider Tuesday morning a proposed sale of Central Flying Service leases to TAC Air, a competing fixed base operator at the airport. TAC will also take over all fueling services.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 15:43:00

The open line and today's video

The Monday open line and video roundup.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 13:32:00

Fayetteville city attorney prepares new civil rights ordinance

Fayetteville City Attorney Kit Williams has drafted a new city civil rights ordinance to replace the ordinance repealed by voters in a referendum Dec. 9.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 13:00:00

Beebe's last round of pardons

Gov. Mike Beebe issued today what likely will be his last round of recommended pardons. He announced his intention to grant 14, all to people who've completed all aspects of sentences. None had a conviction for a violent crime.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 12:31:00

Names and faces in public places: Facebook threatens legislators who don't mind rules

Hmmm. Wonder how legislators managed to get skybox seats at Verizon Arena for the Garth Brooks concert?

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 12:24:00

Power line environmental study released; to carry wind power across Arkansas

Arkansas Business reports on the Energy Department's completion of an environmental impact study of a 750-mile power line that would carry wind-generated electricity from Oklahoma across Arkansas to Memphis.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:22:00

Coon Supper tickets now on sale

Tickets are on sale for that rite of Arkansas political pasage — the 72nd Gillett Coon Supper.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:32:00

Women of the Arkansas House get dress-for-success tips

A new dress code for Montana legislators has stirred controversy in that western state among female legislators. It turns out the Arkansas House operates more or less along the same lines, clothing-wise.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 08:53:00

After capitalizing on hostage crisis, Uber forced to back off in Sydney

Uber was forced to back off "surge pricing" in Sydney during the hostage crisis after an outcry on social media.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 07:14:00

Arkansas anti-abortion legislators plan more curbs on women's medical autonomy

Republican lawmakers plan further assaults on the constitutional right to an abortion in the 2015 legislative session.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:57:00

From Kansas, a cautionary tale for Arkansas

Kansas and Mississippi show it's easy to cut taxes, but hard to pay for education and other vital services when you do.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 16:27:00

The false spring open line

The Sunday open line.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:14:00

Speaking of Mike Beebe's potential midnight appointments

Gov. Mike Beebe has a shot at some "midnight" judicial appointees. Will he take advantage of a two-week window to put his old pal Cliff Hoofman in a fat job for a fourth time, this time Court of Appeals?

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:41:00

The Senate's final hours and the fate of an Arkansas nominee

The confusion about final votes of the U.S. Senate has implications for which governor will control the majority of appointees on the Arkansas Public Service Commision.

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