Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 13:24:00

The sunny Sunday line

An early line.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 17:28:00

Healthy crowd descends on Capitol for March for Science

America has a president who believes global warming is a Chinese plot, orders an end to clean air and water rules and proposes to reduce funding for the National Institutes of Health. Unfortunately, he not alone in his disdain for science. But America — including Arkansas — is also a place where vast numbers protested this Earth Day against science-blind, profit-driven and superstitious policymaking, both in D.C. and by the Arkansas Legislature

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 13:38:00

The gloomy Saturday line

An early open line.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 13:34:00

Department of Correction releases records related to Lee execution

The Arkansas Department of Correction has released its internal affairs log related to the execution of Ledell Lee on April 20.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 09:43:00

Jones, Williams lose bid for stay over midazolam

The state Attorney General's office announced this morning that Death Row inmates Jack Jones and Marcel Williams, scheduled to be put to death on Monday night, were unable to convince federal District Judge Kristine Baker to grant a preliminary injunction to halt their executions.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 17:26:00

The Friday line and video

Over to you.

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Friday, April 21, 2017 - 16:46:00

Finally, old Easter Seals building will come down

The old Easter Seals building, an eyesore at the eastern end of Lee Avenue, will finally come down, thanks to a vote of earlier this week of the joint board of directors of the Arkansas School for the Blind and School for the Deaf.

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Friday, April 21, 2017 - 14:27:00

Arkansas March for Science tomorrow at 1 p.m.

The March for Science is a global event with over 600 regions participating with the goal of increasing science literacy and infusing politics with more scientific rigor and evidence-based policies.

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Friday, April 21, 2017 - 14:23:00

Lee's lawyer writes about executed man's last hours

Lee Short, the lawyer for Ledell Lee, the man Arkansas put to death just before midnight last night, posted on Facebook the following letter of thanks for personal support and a bit about Lee's last hours, distributing his possessions and talking to family.

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Friday, April 21, 2017 - 13:57:00

State spends $30,000 drug testing TANF recipients for drugs, nabs 2.

Think Progress reported yesterday that 13 states spent a total of $1.3 million to perform 2,826 drug tests on persons seeking funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Of those nearly 3,000 people required to pee in a cup to get assistance for their families, 369 tested positive.

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Friday, April 21, 2017 - 13:18:00

Drugmaker asked state last July not to use its drugs for capital punishment

Claudia Lauer of the Associated Press reports today that the manufacturer of the potassium chloride that is the killing agent in the state's three-drug death cocktail asked the Department of Correction last July not to use the drugs.

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Friday, April 21, 2017 - 10:06:00

Jay Dickey, 1939-2017

Former U.S. Rep. Jay Dickey, a native of Pine Bluff who served in Congress from 1993-2001, has died of complications from Parkinson's Disease. He was 77.

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Friday, April 21, 2017 - 09:01:00

Judge Griffen writes about morality, Christian values and executions

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, who blogs at Justice is a verb!, sends along a new post this morning.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 18:08:00

The Ledell Lee execution thread

Arkansas Times contributor Jacob Rosenberg is at the Cummins Unit in Grady filing dispatches tonight in advance of the expected execution of Ledell Lee, who was sentenced to death for the Feb. 9, 1993, murder of Debra Reese, 26, who was beaten to death in the bedroom of her home in Jacksonville.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 17:56:00

Arkansas Supreme Court stays lower court injunction on execution drug, clearing way for execution of Ledell Lee

The Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay on Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray's temporary injunction against the state from using the drug vecuronium bromide in an execution. That clears the way for the state to execute Ledell Lee tonight.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 16:45:00

Arkansas's disgraceful policy for media viewing executions UPDATE

The Arkansas Department of Correction will allow three members of the media inside the execution viewing room if executions continue as planned. But officials will not let those reporters bring in anything to take notes, including pen and paper.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 16:00:00

Doctors object to prison stockpiling of drugs that could be used to save lives

An article in the Guardian cites the concerns of doctors that some of the drugs being stockpiled by states, including Arkansas, for lethal use in capital cases, are in short supply and as a result are less available for therapeutic use.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 14:10:00

L’Oréal, Halter's Scenic Hill Solar open massive new solar project in NLR.

Cosmetics maker L’Oréal and Scenic Hill Solar, a Little Rock-based solar energy company started by former Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, cut the ribbon this morning on a massive new power generating solar array in North Little Rock.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:37:00

After judge files written preliminary injunction order, state appeals

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to force Judge Alice Gray to issue a written order granting a temporary restraining order on the state using vecuronium bromide in its execution protocol.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:17:00

Charter panel recommends revoking charter of Covenant Keepers

The Arkansas Department of Educations's Charter Authorizing Panel voted to revoke the charter issued to Covenant Keepers College Preparatory School yesterday. The panel cited governance, academic and financial problems for the school, open since 2008 and located at 5615 Geyer Springs Road, Cynthia Howell of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

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