Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 13:01:00

Today's video and an early open line

We went Facebook live on the news video today, so it's ready to go earlier than normal. Here 'tis. Call this an open line as well.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:48:00

Meeting set Sept. 13 on Capitol monuments

Secretary of State Mark Martin has scheduled a meeting Sept. 13 by the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to consider monuments proposed for the Capitol — a Ten Commandments monument authorized by the legislature and a Satanic Temple proposal. Others may emerge.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:38:00

Everything new is old when it comes to Arkansas education

Depressed yet? No? Then read Ernest Dumas' prediction of what's likely to come of a new way of providing state money to higher education — money allocated on performance.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:12:00

Arkansas Arts Center: No signs of populism yet

Check Leslie Newell Peacock's report on the annual meeting of the Arkansas Arts Center. A huge infusion of public dollars in support of the museum doesn't seem to have injected much populism into the proceedings.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 10:18:00

ACLU says hot check court in Sherwood operates as illegal debtors' prison

The ACLU lawsuit over unconstitutional jailing of people for unpaid fines is over practices in the hot check court operated in Sherwood.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 09:58:00

Happy Birthday, Big Dam Bridge

A variety of bigshots will gather at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, on the Little Rock side of the Big Dam Bridge to mark the 10th anniversary of what is said to be "the world’s longest pedestrian-and-bicycle bridge built and designed solely for that purpose." The investment long ago proved a wise one.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 08:02:00

The push for a U.S. constitutional convention is nearing finish line

If you haven't been paying attention, the New York Times updates today the push by conservative interests to call a U.S. constitutional convention with the primary purpose of putting a balanced budget requirement in the foundation document.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 07:49:00

John Oliver takes on charter schools

John Oliver's HBO show "Last Week Tonight" takes on charter schools. Maybe, he suggests, they are not so great as their adherents want you to believe.

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Today's headlines: ACLU attacks Sherwood hot check 'debtor's prison'

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 07:40:00

ACLU fights return of debtors' prisons; plans suit in Arkansas

The ACLU of Arkansas says it will announce a lawsuit this morning on "criminalization of poverty."

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 07:24:00

Tim Kaine in town for Hillary fund-raiser

Hillary Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, will be in Little Rock this afternoon for a private fund-raiser at the Chenal Valley home of Mike and Deborah Roberts.  Ticket prices start at $2,700, but there are host, co-chair and chair slots available for $5,000, $25,000 and $50,000.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 15:16:00

Naramore case a long way from over

The acquittal Friday of Judge Wade Naramore on a negligent homicide charge in the hot car death of his son last July doesn't bring a close to the issue.

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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 15:09:00

Federal judge denies motion for new trial in Ted Suhl bribery case

In his succinct order this afternoon, the judge said the defense raised no new points. Chuck Banks, an attorney for Suhl, said his client will appeal to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 14:41:00

Monday's open line

Monday's open line, plus the daily video roundup of news and comment.

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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 13:45:00

Two cabinet members at Central High Tuesday

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will tour the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Tuesday and talk with local people about civil rights, preserving history and the economic boost provided by national parks.

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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 13:20:00

Post-election plans for a dramatically reduced Clinton Foundation

Buzzfeed reports more on plans to dramatically downsize the Clinton Foundation in the event of Hillary Clinton's election as president.

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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 12:09:00

State employee drug insurance error: How bad?

Still waiting for firm information about an item I mentioned here Saturday — failure of the company that manages state employees' pharmacy benefit to reimburse pharmacies. It now appears the problem persisted for the first two weeks of July for all pharmacies, potentially $3.2 million worth of prescriptions based on budget numbers.

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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 11:07:00

Inmate hanged in Pulaski County jail

The Pulaski sheriff's office says David Honey, 34, of Fayetteville was found hanged from a bedsheet attached to a cell door frame about 9:40 p.m. Saturday.

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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 11:05:00

Texas judge blocks Obama guidance on transgender restroom use in schools

A Texas federal judge, Reed O'Connor, has issued a preliminary injunction against the Obama administration guidance that Title IX prohibits discrimination on gender identity, guidance that would allow transgender students in schools to use restroom and locker facilities that match their identity.

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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:38:00

Eldridge wants to reduce influence of money in politics

Conner Eldridge, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, touts today a web video that illustrates a key difference with Republican incumbent Sen. John Boozman: Money in politics.

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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 07:31:00

Surgeon general ready to fight medical marijuana

Arkansas Surgeon General Gregory Bledsoe has taken to social media to seek speaking engagements to oppose medical marijuana.

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