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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 22:16:53

Souter to retire

Looks like President Obama will have a supreme court appointment to make.  Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire at the end of the current court term.  From NPR:

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 18:05:30

It's time...

for an open line.  Whaddya got?

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 17:59:51

A Berry Republican challenger

The blogs are abuzz about a possible challenger to Democratic Congressman Marion Berry.  You have to read through a lot on his web page before you get his announcement, including his distaste for "socialized medicine," activist judges and those who say "I support the troops, but I oppose the war."  He also finds room to voice his support for the rash of tea parties recently held across the country.  Berry's going to be tough to beat, especially when he's being challenged by someone who leaves even Republicans wondering, Who's Rick Crawford?

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 17:17:29

Whoops UPDATE

UCA Interim President Tom Courtway announced today that UCA will honor all scholarship offers made by the university admissions office to prospective students for the upcoming school year.  Seems to make sense.  What doesn't make sense is the need for the statement in the first place.  Courtway's announcement came in response to letters sent by the UCA admissions office on April 24, notifying some students who had previously received offers that, because of a high acceptance rate and budgetary constraints, scholarship funds had been depleted.  "Regardless of the budget challenges facing the university, parents and students must be able to rely upon any scholarship offer from UCA that gave them until May 30, 2009, to respond," Courtway said.  "Any person who received such an offer from the UCA Admissions Office may count on that offer and the May 30 deadline, and they should please disregard any communication to the contrary.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 16:53:13

A first (sigh)

The Air Guard's 18th Airlift Wing announces its first promotion of an African-American to colonel.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 15:34:11

For you stat geeks

Rep. Steve Harrelson linked to this report yesterday on his blog and others have started to talk about it as well, so I thought I'd post it here.  It's from the Bureau of Legislative Research, and it's basically a not-so-boring look, seriously, at the state's economic figures, education statistics and a whole lot more.  Lots of visuals and reads like a power point.  Enjoy.   

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 15:18:54

Hunker on down

Ain't nothin' but a protest pose. In the forgotten trends section of Great Arkansas Contributions to Humanity, "hunkerin'" grabs our attention today.A Time dispatch, from 1959, offers a nice primer.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 13:52:10

Close one

An advance man on President Obama's security team who traveled to Mexico before the president is believed to have ... guess what?

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 12:44:38

On the fourth day ...

Circuit Judge Willard Proctor testified before the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, which is holding a hearing into 11 charges of ethical misconduct against the Pulaski County judge.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 11:18:17

Livestock deaths reported near drilling site

Officials are reporting the deaths of 19 head of cattle near a Chesapeake drilling site in Louisiana.  An "unidentified substance" flowed from the drill site into a nearby pasture.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 11:18:17

Livestock deaths reported near drilling site

Officials are reporting the deaths of 19 head of cattle near a Chesapeake drilling site in Louisiana.  An "unidentified substance" flowed from the drill site into a nearby pasture.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 10:57:35

Swine flu alarm

I'm thinking we're on the edge of full-blown hysteria about swine flu. It might be justified.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 10:53:09

Chrysler bankruptcy

Obama administration oficials are saying some debtholders wouldn't accept workout terms.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 10:30:07

Tort reform takes blow

I'm making a last check of e-mail on my way to the airport and find an opinion today from the Arkansas Supreme Court that finds two elements of the 2003 tort "reform" law unconstitutional.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 10:23:19

Change at Lion World Services

Arkansas Business reports that the board of Lion World Services for the Blind, which offers training at a current campus on Fair Park, has removed its CEO, Ramona Sangali over what were described as philosophical differences.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 08:51:59

Assault reported

I have a report this morning from a friend at UALR that a graduate student was assaulted by five men and robbed about 9:30 p.m. last night while walking home from school.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 06:58:14

Where's the money?

In the space of 12 hours, I've received two different communications complaining about the lack of information about how the city of North Little Rock plans to spend its federal stimulus money.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 06:51:03

In Huck's green room

Fox News A New York Times feature writer pays a visit to Mike Huckabee's Fox talk show and likes what he finds.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 06:23:31

Let the sun shine

John Brummett thinks it's of little value, maybe counter-productive, to publicize those who enabled an anti-gay and anti-child measure to be placed on the Arkansas ballot last year.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 18:55:51

The shape of things to come

I could do an entry like this every day, but I thought I'd pass along just FYI today's National Republican Senatorial Committee news release attempting to chum up unhappiness about U.S.Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

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