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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 17:10:34

Sunshine

What a beautiful day!  Hope you enjoyed a little break in the rain.  Let's open it up to you now. 

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Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 14:00:57

Ciao, chow

At least one reader asked for a vacation food shot. So here goes one grabbed quickly.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 12:26:13

Rich yet?

Powerball tickets are (theoretically) on sale now (I'm not going to buy one). KARK, in a deal with the Lottery Commission, will broadcast the numbers tonight of the winner.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 12:05:45

Good morning, people

Had some connection problems today with the blog, so getting a late start. But here's a piece of news that will interest walkers and bikers: The River Trail behind City Hall, by the Entergy substation, has caved into the river.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 09:06:41

A thousand cuts

Well, not really.  Sam Eifling reports that a couple of high-profile firms have dropped communication staffers.  Acxiom made an undetermined number of cuts and CJRW let two people go from their Dallas operation.  But another column by Eifling notes a peculiarity in the thought-to-be improved circulation numbers for the Las Vegas Review Journal, a Stephens-owned paper.  In the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations report, the paper actually gained 6.56 percent, a pretty rare accomplishment.  However:

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 17:03:14

Over to you

It's been a pretty newsy day here.  Be sure to scroll down and catch our earlier blog posts.  There's David Koon's interview with the "7th Street Hero," (yeah, we just coined that), there's also stuff about baseball, layoffs, Bibles in schools and much, much more.  Have a good weekend.  Start it off right by leaving your comments here.

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 16:38:45

How much is it worth?

Central Arkansas Water announced today they will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to discuss a lease-purchase agreement with the Trust For Public Lands (TPL) concerning the Winrock Grass Farm in West Pulaski County.  The land, over 800 acres, sits in the Lake Maumelle watershed and protecting that land has been a top priority for Lake Maumelle advocates.  The grass farm is owned by a group of investors who bought it in a deal brokered by Jay DeHaven.  For some good background info on what the land is worth, read this story by Leslie Peacock.  The long and short of it is the land was appraised in April of this year for $5.4 million dollars.  CAW CEO Graham Rich will announce the particulars at a press conference on Monday, but said the agreement reached between TPL and DeHaven was somewhere close to $12 million (give or take $500,000) for 915 acres.

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 16:07:28

WH visitors list

The Obama administration posted a record of White House visitors today.  The beggining date for the list, as far as I can tell, is September 15 of this year.  Starting in December, the White House will release the records from the previous 90-120 days.  From the president's statement earlier today:

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 14:02:58

Your tax dollars at work

Here's the kind of news you can expect the House Communications Office to churn out when the legislature isn't in session: The city dogcatcher fawns all over a state rep. for her decal law.

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 13:58:15

Happy Halloween

I know it's early but what the heck.  The wait staff at Iriana's in downtown Little Rock was feeling festive today.  Flo, the Progressive insurance saleswoman is Dawn Merrell.  Robin Hood is Kelly Schlachter.  Be safe when you're out there trick or treating.  I guess "stay dry" would be more appropriate as far as advice goes. 

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 12:26:24

More preachin' in school

Last week, it was North Little Rock High School, which promoted a Christian event in that city with posters and banners on the east campus.

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 12:25:54

Treading water UPDATE

KARK caught this video of a woman and a child being rescued after her SUV headed into high-water on 7th street last night.  Dramatic stuff.  Both were okay.  Let this be a warning to you.   UPDATE: The Times has managed to get hold of Thomas Hudson, the young man seen in the KARK video heroically swimming out to rescue a mother and her young child from a submerged car on 7th street last night.

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 11:58:44

Felling the Fourth Estate

Ozarks Unbound is keeping a running tally of who's gotten the axe in the merger of the Morning News and Northwest Arkansas Times.

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 11:50:01

King elected president

In the little surprise here category: Bernice King, daughter of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has been elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 11:07:14

Pitched in battle

Arkansas-born pitchers are 2-0 so far in this year's World Series.  Yesterday we posted about Benton native Cliff Lee and his stellar performance in game one.  Last night, North Little Rock's own A.J. Burnett took the hill and helped the Yankees tie the series at 1-1.  Both teams will now head to Philadelphia for game three.  There's an interesting piece in today's New York Times about the two pitchers and their agent, Darek Braunecker, who is based in Little Rock.  Needless to say, Braunecker is having a pretty good series so far.

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 09:18:50

Burglary arrests

Little Rock police arrested two men after a break-in at 7 Rivervalley and found property in their Crown Vic stolen in a previous burglary at 1405 N. Hughes.

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 09:11:24

It's time

Paul Krugman says it's time to take a stand on health care reform.  The bills up for debate aren't perfect, he says, but the proposals are much stronger than anyone could have expected and would lead to near universal coverage. 

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 09:04:27

Blanche, can you hear us now?

A Research 2000 poll says Arkansas Democrats support a public option in the health care plan by a huge margin.

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 08:44:11

Downturn

According to a new poll by Roby Brock at TalkBusiness, most Arkansans feel that the state's economy is headed headed for a downturn, even though a majority (57 percent) also think their personal situation is good.

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Friday, October 30, 2009 - 08:36:52

The farmer took the boll weevil...

U.S. agricultural officials are saying that one of the most expensive pests of all time, the boll weevil, has been all but wiped out.  Of the 9 million acres of cotton planted around the country, 98 percent were free of the pest.  The boll weevil has been completely wiped out in four states, Arkansas being one of them.  Now if we could just get rid of the rain. 

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