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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 17:20:38

Thursday night line

Let's make this an open line. Too much going on in my earlier post.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 17:00:12

Thursday news roundup

Sangeeta Mann filed for divorce Tuesday from Dr. Randeep Mann, convicted in a plot to bomb the chairman of the state Medical Board.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 15:52:13

Philander's Kimbrough on list for Southern job

Had to happen. Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College, is one of 10 names submitted by a search firm for a commitee's consideration for the job of chancellor of Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. DHR Executive Vice President Robert Clayton described some of the applicants as rising "superstars," including Philander Smith College President Walter Kimbrough, who is also known as the "hip hop prez," and Gregory Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 14:40:54

KIPP schools: High dropout rates for black males?

Interesting story in Education Week. KIPP charter middle schools enroll a significantly higher proportion of African-American students than the local school districts they draw from, but 40 percent of the black males they enroll leave between grades 6 and 8, says a new nationwide study by researchers at Western Michigan University.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 14:37:39

Money bills approved; health reform slowed

The House passed the revenue stabilization act and the general improvement fund bill this afternoon.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:55:50

House defeats corporate welfare amendment

Shazam. The House defeated a corporate welfare constitutional amendment by a 19-65 vote.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:20:58

New engineering dean named at UALR

UALR has announced the successor to Mary Good, founding dean of its College of Engineering and Information Technology, who's retiring June 30.

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Today's headlines: Legislature goes home but their skulduggery continues

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 10:14:07

Redistricting plan passes House

A Senate committee defeated Democratic and Republican congressional redistricting plans. The House is debating the Democratic plan.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 08:01:34

Minority tyranny works UPDATE

Perils of Pauline: A handful of Republican zealots has the insurance industry and a significant chunk of the state budget tied to the railroad tracks.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 06:35:06

Gun bill stymied in Senate

I missed the news yesterday that the Senate Judiciary Committee lacked votes necessary to approve the House bill allowing guns in church.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 06:23:40

Mount Holly Cemetery wall damaged

Anne Orsi, a member of the Mount Holly Cemetery Association, writes to tell me a vehicle crashed three times Wednesday morning into the historic cemetery's wall along Broadway.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 06:21:07

The Internet sales tax bill

Now that it's passed both houses, it's a good time for John Brummett's explanation of the bill aimed at collecting sales tax on Internet sales.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 18:25:52

The nut roll

Here are the 19 Republicans who, in the last roll call, said they'd rather end insurance regulation in Arkansas, shut down a state agency and private insurance companies and strip $100 million from state and retirement funds rather than approve a bill that authorizes (but doesn't spend) $1 milllion in federal spending on planning for health insurance exchanges.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 17:00:12

The Wednesday night line

Rep. Barry Hyde recalled his bill to exempt state elevators in the Capitol area from the state elevator safety law.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 16:43:56

Insurance Department bill defeated 3rd time

On its third try, the Insurance Department appropriation failed the House again this afternoon, once again drawing 70 votes, needing 75.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 16:00:40

The redistricting fight rolls on UPDATE IV

A Republican plan for congressional redistricting was defeated in Senate committee this morning. Roby Brock reports.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 14:39:46

School consolidation bill fails in House

The House this afternoon failed by one vote, drawing 50, to pass Rep. Jon Hubbard's bill to end consolidation of school districts solely because they fall below 350-student enrollment.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 13:24:56

Insurance Department bill defeated again

Drama in the House this afternoon — continued blockage of the Insurance Department appropriation, HB 1226, by a Republican minority.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 12:15:07

Bible study bill fails in Senate committee

John Lyon of Stephens Media reports that Rep. Denny Altes' bill to encourage academic study of the Bible in Arkansas public schools was defeated in the Senate Education Committee today.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 11:06:06

Rick Crawford tea partying in Washington UPDATE

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford has a leading role in an effort by a group of Republican freshmen to stage a publicity stunt in hopes of spinning a government shutdown as the work of Democrats, not the slash-and-burn Republicans like Crawfrord.

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