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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 17:55:00

Property purchases recommend on Main for LR Tech Park: UPDATE

A consultant has made his recommendations for property to purchase for the Little Rock Tech Park.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 16:06:00

The open line, Wednesday news headlines and Bret Bielema's property tax

The open line and daily news summary. More later on Little Rock Tech Park talk.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 14:46:00

The amazing drop in expected Medicare costs

More bad news for the Obamacare naysayers. There's been a dramatic drop in expected Medicare spending — $50 billion in savings this year against costs predicted four years ago.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:55:00

Three Clintons now contributing to the family foundation

The New York Times describes here how Chelsea Clinton is earning $75,000 for speeches, following in the footsteps of her parents, and directing the money to the family foundation.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:31:00

The black vote in a red state produces Republican victory

This is only statistical confirmation of what has been obvious since runoff election night, but full stats now show a heavy vote from black Mississippi voters who typically vote overwhelmingly for Democrats gave Republican Sen. Thad Cochran his winning margin over a Tea Party challenger.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 11:13:00

Press association to stream statewide candidate appearances Friday on web

The Arkansas Press Association has scheduled a full slate of appearances by candidates for statewide office at its convention Friday in Hot Springs. The public can watch on the web.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:49:00

UPDATE: New polling shows edge for Tom Cotton

New polling by Impact Management, a Little Rock consulting firm led by former Arkansas Republican Party officials, has polled statewide issues and found a 47-43 edge for Tom Cotton over Mark Pryor in the race for Senate.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:06:00

State chamber lobbyist named to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Gov. Mike Beebe today appointed a former aide and current lobbyist for the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce to a seat on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He continues a historic pattern of white male appointments to the commission, which oversees fishing and hunting in the state.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 09:15:00

Democrats in Senate introduce bill to overcome Hobby Lobby limits on contraceptive coverage

Democratic senators have introduced legislation to restore coverage of contraceptives for women with group health insurance policies offered by for-profit corporations.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 07:07:00

Innovation in health care under Obamacare includes single-payer experiment

Cheryl Smith, recruited from Utah to run Arkansas's health insurance marketplace, told legislators yesterday that they sky was the limit the state could take on seeking waivers for "innovative" ways to deliver coverage under the Affordable Care Act. She mentioned a single-payer experiment in Vermont, but — sadly — didn't suggest that here.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 06:53:00

City Board politics underway with Kathy Webb fund-raiser

City Board politics begin to take shape. The mail brings an invite to a fund-raiser for former state Rep. Kathy Webb, who'll be running for Ward 3 director.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 06:43:00

Pushing voters in the Senate race with 'polling'

Polling is incessant during the campaign season, particularly since the advent of automated polling. Some is legitimate opinion sounding. Some is aimed at determining what issues move voters, but it also serves a dual purpose of thinly disguised campaigning.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 16:45:00

LR tech park to get site recommendation Wednesday

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority board will hear its investigator's specific recommendation for where the park should be located at Wednesday's meeting.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 16:26:00

The sex-and-Rush-Limbaugh open line

The line is open. Final thoughts: An article in Slate on new social science research explains why conservatives like Rush Limbaugh get so mad about women having sex and seeking contraceptive coverage. It's all about control.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 16:06:00

Death Row inmate dies of natural causes

Joe Dansby, 61, on Arkansas's Death Row for the 1992 slaying of a Nevada County couple, has died of natural causes in a Malvern hospital, the state Correction Department reported.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 15:32:00

Gay rights groups drop support for proposed employment legislation because of Supreme Court

Several major groups — American Civil Liberties Union; Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Lambda Legal; National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Transgender Law Center — have announced they no longer support the proposed Employment Nondiscrimination Act in its current form because there's too much risk that its exemption for religious organizations could be combined with the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling to legalize discrimination against gay people on putative religious grounds.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 14:03:00

Legislators decide 11 years in prison on wrongful convictions undeserving of compensation

A legislative panel today reversed a $460,000 award to a man held in prison more than 11 years on a wrongful conviction on a drug charge. Justice?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 12:24:00

Paying for the county jail: Cities resist Villines' big hike

Yesterday, in a closed session including Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines, mayors and representatives from the business community (the shadow government of Little Rock), parties got closer to a compromise on a new contract for paying for county jail costs.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:44:00

Hillary helpers direct aid to Arkansas

Huffington Post reports that Arkansas is among the states receiving benefits from the Ready for Hillary PAC, which is laying groundwork for a Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 08:50:00

Hillary: Did her duty in 1975 rape case defense

Hillary Clinton has given her first interview this year on the subject of her court-appointed representation of an accused rapist in Fayetteville 39 years ago. Her story hasn't changed since it became an issue in her presidential race in 2008. She did her ethical duty as a lawyer to defend her client, though she hadn't wanted to represent him.

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