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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 09:01:00

Must-try Fayetteville club: The Cork and Keg. Haters not welcome.

The Cork and Keg, a new Fayetteville club, draws a rave review from Upworthy for a political statement that puts them at the top of my must-try list. No haters allowed.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 07:48:00

Still nothing from Democrat-Gazette on Suggs allegations

Still no reporting in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on allegations of plagiarism against Little Rock School Superintendent Dexter Suggs. Maybe tomorrow.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 07:27:00

The new ethics 'mulligan' is no joke; it's the end of ethics reform

You heard it here first and the state Ethics Commission heard it in an explanation Friday: the laughingly described "ethics reform" legislation of the 2015 session merely all but guarantees that taking a free gift and filling out an erroneous campaign report will be just about impossible to enforce.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 07:05:00

Poll: U.S. support for death penalty on steady decline

Thanks to Talking Points Memo for the chart that illustrates recent Pew polling. It illustrates sharply the downward trend of support for the death penalty.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 17:33:00

The Dexter Suggs' No Good, Very Bad Week Edition

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s appointment of two special justices to hear an offshoot of the same-sex marriage case who have obvious conflicts, Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, Dexter Suggs’ no good, very bad week, the Little Rock Board of Directors and a nondiscrimination ordinance and the Pulaski County school desegregation case — all covered on this week's edition.

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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 17:30:00

KATV: Author of dissertation says Suggs used her work

I believe I'll check KATV tonight. The Education Department continued its silence today on what Education Commissioner Johnny Key intends to do, if anything about Dexter Suggs, kept on as interim school superintendent of the Little Rock District after the state booted the school board and took over the district.

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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 16:40:00

Parents of slain Bella Vista child had parental rights terminated on multiple other children in 2005

According to multiple sources familiar with the family, Mauricio and Cathy Torres, the Bella Vista couple arrested earlier this month for the rape and murder of their 6-year-old child, had at least five other children removed from their custody by a Jonesboro court in 2004 or 2005.

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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 15:12:00

Friday and video: PLUS: report from Pulaski school hearing in federal court

Open line and video roundup. Plus a report from federal court on the Pulaski County and Jacksonville school districts separation and desegregation issues.

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Today in Arkansas with Max Brantley: Suffer the children

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 13:39:00

The Huckster in the Fox house: May 5, the second Man from Hope

A nation turns its lonely eyes to Fox News tonight at 5 p.m. for the Bret Baier program and news from Mike Huckabee, who once lived off taxpayers here, but took himself in more prosperous times to income tax-free Florida.

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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:51:00

Annals of Whitewater: Larry Nichols endorses Hillary

Whitewater alert: Larry Nichols endorses Hillary Clinton for president. Mother Jones mines some comedy gold in looking for overlooked opposition research in Arkansas on the 2016 presidential candidate.

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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:36:00

The quiet court assault on Arkansas's unfair landlord-tenant law

An article in The Marshall Project reports on the quiet legal battle to defeat the state's punitive criminal eviction status as a way around the legislature's refusal to improve the country's worst landlord-tenant law.

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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:07:00

A crazed shark. Women's prison. Arkansas. Blockbuster, right?

A slow day demands the posting of a trailer from "Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre."

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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 09:24:00

The arc of the universe moves toward LGBT equality — except in Arkansas

A new Bloomberg Politics poll says that 74 percent of Americans "believe that sexual orientation deserves the same constitutional protection from discrimination as race." Only 18 percent think sexual minorities should remain second-class citizens legally.

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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 07:29:00

Suggs gets good spin from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette coverage of Little Rock School Superintendent Dexter Suggs' meeting with school parents took a milder approach than I would have taken.

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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 06:59:00

IBM objects to Louisiana's 'religious freedom' bill

Major corporate opposition continues to states — like Arkansas — where legislators are pushing so-called "religious freedom" bills that are intended to preserve legal discrimination against gay people.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 16:57:00

Suggs: Pre-K program at Forest Park will continue after all

Dexter Suggs, the interim superintendent for the Little Rock School District, told a gathering of about 50 parents at Forest Park elementary today that the school's preschool program will not be ending after all, as was indicated in a letter mistakenly given to children to take home to their parents yesterday.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 15:56:00

The open line and video news headlines; plus where the buffalo roam

Today's open line and video news roundup.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 15:25:00

This is NOT plagiarism, says Dexter Suggs. But .....

Here are some side-by-side passages to compare School Superintendent Dexter Suggs' doctoral dissertation with an earlier paper written by another academic.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 15:01:00

Judicial Discipline begins review of Supreme Court ethics complaint

Tippi McCullough, who's filed a judicial ethics complaint over the Arkansas Supreme Court's handling of the same-sex marriage case, says regulators have confirmed the receipt of the complaint and begun a review.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 13:42:00

Purple Hearts awarded in shooting at Little Rock recruiting center

Members of Congress from Arkansas announced today that William Long of Conway, who was killed, and Quinton Ezeagwula of Jacksonville, who was wounded, will be awarded Purple Hearts in an attack at a Little Rock recruiting center in 2009.

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