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Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 08:19:38

The daddy card

Following up on an item that Jason Tolbert posted yesterday about some in-fighting between the crop of Republican candidates trying to take on Rep. Vic Snyder.  Scott Wallace said he was the best candidate because his kids were grown, citing Snyder's just-born triplets and the new addition to Tim Griffin's family.  Wallace said he was a better candidate than Snyder because he didn't have any "Washington baggage," and a better candidate than Griffin because Griffin was a lawyer.  He also said David Meeks doesn't have a chance.  This could be a long primarly.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 17:02:54

In case you didn't hear...

Nancy Pelosi officially unveiled the House Democrats' health care reform bill.  Republicans are bringing the usual attacks (raises taxes, creates too much bureaucracy, might kill you, etc.).  Consider this an open line. 

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 16:36:51

Crop killer

It's getting bad for Arkansas farmers.  The Farm Bureau announced today that crop conditions are deteriorating rapidly as heavy rains continue to fall.  “It’s a serious problem right now.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 16:30:11

Lottery matters

KARK Channel 4 will be the Arkansas lottery's "draw partner" when Powerball drawings begin on Saturday.  The actual drawings take place in a studio in Orlando and will air each Wednesday and Saturday night at 9:59 p.m.  The lottery will host a celebration starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday to mark the first drawing.  Press release on the jump.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 16:02:42

The weather

It's getting ugly out there.  Fox 16 is staying on top of things.  Kevin Kelly and David Goins are also sending out weather updates through Twitter.  How are things in your neck of the woods?

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 13:38:48

More big-time rustling

Earlier in the week, it was Kotex. Now, a woman who lives near the Marion-Boone County line has reported to Boone County authorities that 28 head of cattle -- 23 calves and five cows -- are missing from her farm.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 12:55:39

Taking out the trash?

Perhaps you saw the story in this morning's Democrat-Gazette (no link available) about the city of Little Rock possibly looking at privatizing the city's landfill. The article talks about the logistics involved, as well as some of the complications with putting out an RFP for such services (i.e. the landfill already has more than $14 million in debt). The article does mention the only other landfill currently operating in the city, the BFI landfill that, as you may remember, caused such a stink (literally) earlier this year that neighbors complained. The landfill was accepting drilling waste from natural gas drillers in the Fayetteville Shale.  The city passed an ordinance preventing BFI from doing so, but BFI sued and a circuit judge ruled that Little Rock did not have the authority to retroactively apply such an ordinance. You can read that opinion here.  What the article didn't mention is that BFI, who would more than likely bid on the city's RFP for the landfill, will probably seek damages from the city in a separate trial in May of 2010, around the same time their current facility is scheduled to close. One attorney for the landfill said the company lost $60,000 per day because of the ordinance. The city has not appealed the circuit court decision, but likely will if BFI decides to pursue damages.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 12:48:10

I'd rather be golfing

Arkansas native Cliff Lee helped propel the Phillies past the Yankees (God, don't you just hate the Yankees?)

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 11:15:45

The scary seven

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee takes some shots at the potential challengers to Sen. Blanche Lincoln, or the "Arkansas Scary Seven."  The ad plays on some of the early campaign missteps of the GOP front-runners and labels Sen. Gilbert Baker the "craziest of all." 

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 10:35:27

Put the candy bag down

Boo hoo! There will be no Boo at the Zoo tonight because of predicted heavy rains, the Zoo spokesperson just announced.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 09:51:51

Put the deer gun down

Flooding along the Ouachita River has caused the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to cancel the 2009 Modern Gun Quota Deer Hunts in the Felsenthal wildlife refuge.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 09:32:02

On the media

Arkansas writer Gene Lyons has a terrific piece in Salon on the mainstream media's knee-jerk defense of Fox.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 08:28:38

Uncommon cents

The opposite of progressive is regressive, right? So the Jackson (Steve) Stephens-engineered ad that paints a New York Republican candidate as "progressive" -- pro-gay, pro-stimulus -- in order to cost the candidate votes says a lot about today's ultra right.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 08:14:13

Flu Q and A

Craig Gilliam, director of infection control at Arkansas Children's Hospital, will be answering questions about the H1N1 flu pandemic tonight, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., through the hospital's Facebook fan page.  Gilliam will also talk about flu shots and the hospital's new visitor policy.  Don't forget about the free mass vaccination clinics being held today at at the Jacksonville Community Center in Jacksonville (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.), the Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and at Dickey-Stephens Ball Park in North Little Rock (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).  

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 07:57:48

In a corner

John Brummett analyzes the tactics of Sen. Harry Reid to include a public option in the senate health care bill, a move that is helping to paint Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a corner. 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 16:57:41

An open line

This one's for you.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 16:42:55

Chesapeake out

Chesapeake Energy, the natural gas drilling company with holdings in the Fayetteville Shale announced today they will not drill inside the upstate New York watershed, responding to public pressure and environemtnal concerns. 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 16:02:41

The F bomb

Well, he didn't come right out and say it, but California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger definitely sent a message to San Francisco assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who recently made headlines when he told the governor to "kiss my gay ass."  Schwarzenegger sent a letter to Ammiano explaining why he was vetoing a Port of San Francisco financing bill proposed by the assemblyman.  At first glance it doesn't look like much, but if you take notice of the first letter of each line in the body of the letter, you get the idea pretty quickly.  The San Francisco Chronicle has all the details.  Click here for more analysis and scanned images of the letter.   

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 15:51:06

Granted

The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees approved a request by UALR for a $30 million bond issue to generate funds for two capital projects: the construction of an honors housing complex and an outdoor recreation center.  UALR could probably use the space.  According to a press release, the existing dorms have been full for the past three years and students have been placed on waiting lists.  The news comes on the heels of last month's announcement of a $34 million bond issue to construct a Nanotechnology Sciences Center, along with other construction projects.       

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 14:40:25

Beating H1N1

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a series of mass vaccination clinics throughout the state starting tomorrow.  There will be three in Pulaski county on Thursday: at the Jacksonville Community Center in Jacksonville (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.), the Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and at Dickey-Stephens Ball Park in North Little Rock (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).  Vaccinations will be free but are in limited supply.  According to a press release from the ADH, the supply is so small that only "priority groups" will be given the vaccine.  Those at most risk are pregnant women, children from 6 months to 4 years and children 5 to 18 with underlying medical conditions.  Seasonal flu vaccines will also be available.  Check here for a complete listing of clinics throughout the state.  To learn more about fighting the flu, check out the health department's website.   

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