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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 17:00:39

The line is open UPDATES

Tuesday thoughts? Fire away.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 15:37:58

Drug court heads to TV

Nobody organizing the enterprise is responding to my calls or e-mails, but work continues apace on a reality TV show, Last Shot With Judge Gunn in which Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn of Fayetteville plans to play a fictional judge doing something along the lines of the TV drug court she once presided over in Fayetteville.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 12:46:32

Judge invalidates permit for Capitol-area building

Judge James Moody today invalidated a permit granted by the Capitol Zoning District for a five-story office building at Sixth and Woodlane Streets across the street from the Capitol.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 11:46:09

Russellville flap: Bush, Cheney 'worst' in world

Interesting story in the Russellville Courier. It seems the student-produced Russellville Middle School yearbook included a feature on the "Top 5 worst people of all time."

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 11:29:21

Cell phones pose cancer risk

CNN has just sent a breaking news bulletin on this story: Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, the World Health Organization said today.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 09:15:29

The Riverfest robbery report

The Little Rock Police Department has sent along two reports of robberies of people after they left the Riverfest grounds over the weekend.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 06:29:19

Prediction: Republicans to control Senate

John Brummett rounds up legislators' comments at a recent panel discussion, including Republican Sen. Gilbert Baker's prediction that the GOP will take control of the state Senate in the next election.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011 - 17:26:17

Back in Arkansas

So, back home. A quiet day from all appearances.

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Monday, May 30, 2011 - 07:40:53

The Memorial Day line

I'll be driving home today and plan to check in this evening. A quick look indicates a quiet Memorial Day.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 09:05:49

You are on your own

Just consider this the all-day, all-night open line. As I mentioned, I'm in Kansas City, one of my favorite cities in part because of old memories of riding the train up from Louisiana with my dad every summer to watch the Kansas City A's.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 06:55:08

The lobby can't be trusted

Good story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today that reports that cumulative spending by lobbyists appeared to be down this year during the Arkansas legislative session, at least judging by official reporting forms.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 06:45:59

Why do Republicans hate voters?

New York Times reports on the many ways Republicans are working across the country — including in Arkansas — to throw up impediments to voting.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 17:29:20

Saturday line

The line is opening. If it's happening, I don't know it.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 12:44:01

Scenes from last night

Here's a slideshow of scenes you might have missed at Riverfest. More later.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 07:11:06

Drilling the shale: Pluses and minuses

The New York Times reports this morning that exploring the Texas shale for oil (as opposed to gas) could increase U.S. oil supplies by 25 percent, with fewer risks than off-shore drilling presents.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 06:57:02

Bourbon, bacon, Biviano, Brummett

John Brummett recaps Tea Party Rep. Mark Biviano's night on the town in April when he ran into a woman's car on Markham Street after the bourbon-and-bacon dinner at Ashley's in the Capital Hotel and left the scene.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 06:41:32

Actor Rick Dial dies at 56

Blogger Shelli Russell writes on her arkansasite.com blog that actor Rick Dial of Malvern ("Slingblade" and others) has died of a heart attack.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 06:30:29

Riverfest opens

From the looks of it, Poison was a hit with a happy crowd at Riverfest last night. For others, the beer and eats midway was as alluring as always. Thanks to Brian Chilson for his annual photo plunge into the maelstrom....

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011 - 16:57:37

Let's get the long weekend starting

This is an open line.

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Friday, May 27, 2011 - 16:53:00

Podcast: Complicated judicial decisions explained

This week, we talk about Judge Brian Miller's ruling to effectively end desegregation funding for Pulaski County school districts, the Supreme Court's SWEPCO ruling and the Nellums/Clark cloak and dagger scheme

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