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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The line is open NEWS UPDATES

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Several people have quoted Elizabeth Warren already on her rejoinder to the class warfare clowns, but here's a video. Think we could get her to run for Congress in Arkansas instead of Senate in Massachusetts?

The hump day line is open.

* PRYOR KEY VOTE: A report from Politico, via Daily Kos, says Sen. Mark Pryor could be a key committee vote to pave the way for a measure from Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to cut the legs out from under the NLRB in challenging a Boeing plant location in South Carolina as illegal retaliation against union workers.

* TEA PARTY GOP LOSES ONE: Surprise. The House beat a temporary spending bill that would have required cuts in spending to allow disaster aid.

* VOTE FRAUD: More baloney from Republicans. Charge of vote fraud by Maine students turns up ZERO problems.

NEWS UPDATES

* FOOL'S GOLD: Nice story by KUAR's Ron Breeding on how a piece of legislation aimed at driving traveling precious metals dealers out of Arkansas (anti-competitive, anyone) failed to achieve its purpose for Rep. John Vines.

* JONES TV TO CLOSE: Just received news that will be of interest in Northwest Arkansas.

The Jones Trust, the charity established by the Harvey and Bernice Jones trucking fortune, has announced it will be closing its Jones Television unit at midnight Sept. 30. It has been providing community programmiing for 15 years on Cox Communications' Channel 22. Five employees will lose jobs in the change, but severance packages have been provided.

The Trust's chief operating officer, Mike Gilbert, says in a news release that the closure is part of changes intended to make the larger Jones operations, including the Jones Center for Families, sustainable. The organization is in the process of merging management and operations of the Jones Trust and the Jones Center, which have had mirrored boards.

Here's the full news release.

The closure is unrelated, but Jones TV has been in the news recently because of lingering questions over commercial rights to video made by Jones TV in producing programs for the community channel on Judge Mary Ann Gunn's drug court. The state Supreme Court has ordered drug courts off TV and Gunn has left the bench to start a syndicated TV show in which she portrays a drug court judge handing out her brand of justice to people in rehab programs who are apparently volunteering to put their lives on TV in return for payment for treatment and other perks. A pending court case by a former drug court participant seeks to stop use of past tapes in promotional or other ways by Gunn's program. Jones TV has said it would defer to the court.

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