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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:10:00

Chris Christie in Arkansas for Hutchinson

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will campaign in Arkansas today for Republican Asa Hutchinson. We could use some advice for bridge-related traffic jams, what with the Broadway Bridge closure looming.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:41:00

'Why is Arkansas, of all states, becoming the Obamacare poster child?'

Arkansas is becoming a poster child for Obamacare. So why does just about every Republican running for office in Arkansas this year want to get rid of it.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 06:48:00

Marriage equality: Tradition doesn't justify discrimination, judge says

States attempting to defend discrimination against gay couples in marriage had a tough time in arguments yesterday before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Commentary from Judge Richard Posner, a Reagan appointee, was particularly sharp. Where are Arkansas judges?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 06:39:00

Inside the Koch retreat: Tom Cotton and fat cats' mutual admiration society

Remember the Koch retreat at a fancy California resort that caused Tom Cotton to miss the Pink Tomato Festival in Warren. Shades of Mitt Romney. A tape of the proceedings has emerged. And it includes rich praise for Tom Cotton, particularly his votes against the interests of Arkansas farmers.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 05:56:00

Boxer Jermain Taylor arrested for shooting cousin in altercation at his home

Middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor, scheduled for a title fight later this year, was arrested at his estate near Maumelle last night and charged with first-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault in the shooting of his cousin.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 19:17:00

Shooting at Jermain Taylor's home

Channel 4 reports that two men are in custody, one with a gunshot wound in the leg, following report of intruders at the home of boxer Jermain Taylor near Msumelle. Developing.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 18:06:00

Legislature discusses merging teacher and state employee insurance, but won't touch separate retirement systems

Combining the insurance systems for public school employees and state employees might help teachers with premiums in the short run, but unless it's accompanied by a big infusion of cash it will harm state employees. As for combining retirement systems for teachers and other public workers? Not happening.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 15:53:00

The open line and video roundup

The open line and video roundup.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 15:32:00

Group from Ghana in business exchange Thursday in North Little Rock

A delegation from Ghana will be in North Little Rock Thursday for a meeting with people from the Arkansas Delta about sustainable agriculture, economic development and tourism. They'll get a warmer greeting than a group from Ghana turned away from a planned visit to Harrison.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 15:16:00

Obamacare premiums in Arkansas projected to drop 2 percent in 2015

Insurance companies have proposed a net reduction in premiums of 2 percent next year for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, the health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act. The Marketplace includes all of the plans used for the private option, the state's unique plan which uses Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 15:12:00

Republicans attack Ross on old issue; he calls it slanderous

The Republican Party had dredged up a seven-year-old issue — Mike Ross' sale of the family drugstore — as in issue in this year's race for governor.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 14:53:00

Johnny Allison gives $5 million to Arkansas State to enhance football stadium

Arkansas State University has received a $5 million gift to its athletic department from Johnny Allison as part of its stadium improvement.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 14:28:00

Razorback Fan No. 1, Liz Honey, is back

Remember Liz Honey, the Hog-hatted fan from Nashville who went viral with a song parody last year? She's back and getting wide attention — here on Jezebel — with another video sendup.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 14:20:00

Surprise: The public prayer crowd welcomes only certain types of prayer

The town that won a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on public policy has adopted an exclusionary policy on who may pray in public meetings. Hint: Not atheists or agnostics.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 13:59:00

Tom Cotton voted for Ebola (well, not exactly)

A new Mark Pryor ad links Ebola with a Tom Cotton budget vote. Cotton says Pryor is desperate.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:56:00

State insurance and pensions under discussion this morning

Benji Hardy will be reporting later on the legislative committee meeting this morning on the differences in state employee and school employee health insurance coverage plus the surprise topic of a potential merger of the two big state retirement systems — public employees and teachers.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:41:00

Democrats press equal pay; lots to work with

Democrats tout equal pay for women on Women's Equality Day. They have plenty to work with — explicit opposition to legal protection for women on the part of such Republican candidates as J. French HIll.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:09:00

10-year-old wounded in Little Rock drive-by shooting

Fox 16 reports a 10-year-old girl was wounded by gunfire last night from a passing pickup near 21st and Pine Streets. No suspects so far. She was struck in the arm and chest.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 06:41:00

Black legal group to seek records of Little Rock police brutality against blacks

The National Bar Association, a network of African-American lawyers and judges, will seek records of police brutality in 25 cities, including Little Rock. The open records request is described as part of an effort to end police misconduct and brutality that leads to death of unarmed people.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 06:27:00

Pitching in for the land commissioner's race

Is there a statewide race that commands less attention than the race for state land commissioner? Doesn't mean that Democrat Mark Robertson isn't making a strong bid to challenge incumbent Republican John Thurston, something of a surprise winner four years ago.

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