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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 16:42:24

Tuesday topics

News summary: National poll, homeless veterans, stabbing death in Jonesboro.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 16:26:00

Susan G. Komen cutting off Planned Parenthood

The anti-abortionists have won a victory over women. Their pressure and relentless attacks from Republicans in Congress have prompted the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity to quietly end grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening and similar services.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 12:37:32

Spending cuts will harm economy

The Congressional Budget Office's latest report says fiscal austerity measures will harm the economy. Talking Points Memo summarizes.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 12:07:52

Democrats set agenda for fiscal session

The Arkansas Democratic Party has shown some welcome signs that it understands the need to match the Republican messaging onslaught.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 11:32:58

Arkansas aims for edamame dominance

Economic development officials announced today that American Vegetable and Soybean and Edamame Inc. will open a processing plant in Mulberry that will employ 51.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 11:05:08

Financial disclosures going on-line

Today's the deadline for Arkansas elected officials to file statements of financial interest. They are filed on paper with the secretary of state, which has already posted those from several state constitutional officers on-line.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 09:58:30

Former Baptist minister to be paroled on sex crime

Fox 16 reports that David Pierce, the former Baptist music minister in Benton who pleaded guilty to sexual indecency with a child in 2009, will be released on parole.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 08:58:00

Republicans' choice: champions of 'Obamacare'

Rick Santorum is right, for once, Ernie Dumas writes this week. He says the race for the Republican nomination is boiling down to two candidates — Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — who can't very well use "Obamacare" against the president, since they are solidly on record in support of the same — even more draconian, if you are inclined that way on the issue — health care solutions.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 08:35:49

Who killed the cat? 3rd District controversy continues

Absent a solid development in finding the killer, I'm inclined to move on past the slaying of a cat belonging to a campaign worker for Ken Aden, the Democratic candidate for 3rd District Congress.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 06:54:10

Trust the truck lobby?

Call me cynical. Idle talk from the truck lobby about maybe, possibly supporting an unspecified diesel tax increase next year (free beer tomorrow) strikes me first as a ploy to further work against repeal of the truck/trailer total sales tax exemption set to go into effect July 1.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 16:46:59

Monday night line

News summary: Double shooting in Alexander and arrest of child rape suspect lead the list.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 15:42:35

Archeologist: dig today didn't uncover grave of Glasgow

The archeologist who helped oversee a dig today in the field off Highway 161 where a Faulkner County Jail inmate claimed Little Rock businessman John Glasgow is buried said that today's dig into three locations in the field pinpointed as the best possible locations for a grave turned up only two ancient American Indian sites and buried pieces of more modern metal.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 12:58:09

Republicans have a new pipeline strategy

The Republican talking point factory has constructed a new message machine around the Keystone pipeline.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 11:22:02

Two killed in U.S. 65 crash in Chicot County

Two Hot Springs Village residents were killed and two others were injured Sunday afternoon when their car ran off U.S. Highway 65 in Chicot County.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 10:24:56

Clark Hall touts money raising

Rep. Clark Hall, a Democratic candidate for 1st District Congress, reports raising more money than incumbent Republican Rep. Rick Crawford in the 4th quarter.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 09:29:23

Two shot in NLR home intrusion this morning

Fox 16 reports that two people were shot and wounded about 5:30 a.m. this morning after gunmen forced their way into a home on Windhill Drive in North Little Rock.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 08:32:01

Food truck 'court' set for University Avenue

Who knew? When I was in San Francisco last week, one of the wish-we-had sights I saw was a plaza near the civic center with a regular lineup of food trucks that serve weekday lunch.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 06:17:41

The Republican fight against birth control

Catholic institutions will resist the Obama administration decision that birth control is preventive medicine and thus must be covered by group health insurance plans.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 06:08:29

Fatal shooting in Southwest Little Rock

Fox 16 reports on a fatal shooting in Southwest Little Rock Sunday night. It was, I believe, Little Rock's seventh homicide of the year.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 06:03:03

Anger propels conservative Republicans

Interesting thesis by Thomas Edsall in the New York Times that blames Newt Gingrich's fall in the polls in Florida on his decision to step away from the far-right politics of anger — such as against mainstream media — that worked so well for him in South Carolina.

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