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Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 16:52:12

The weekend open line

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Friday, November 30, 2012 - 16:38:22

The Wacky Ark. Supreme Court Decision Edition

A surprise Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that could jeopardize 30 years of court battles and legislative wrangling and the legislature’s path to Medicaid expansion and how new projections from DHS might play a role — covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, November 30, 2012 - 14:56:45

Education groups offer fiery criticism of Supreme Court ruling

Before gathering in Little Rock this afternoon for a two-day summit on improving education, educational organizations released a statement condemning the Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling in Kimbrell v. McClesky, which throws equitable education in Arkansas into doubt.

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Friday, November 30, 2012 - 14:20:41

Majority Leader not swayed by new DHS projection on Medicaid expansion

As I reported this week, the Department of Human Services updated their study on savings to the state’s bottom line if Medicaid expansion is approved, and the numbers look even better for Arkansas than previously thought.

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Friday, November 30, 2012 - 12:10:00

Tim Griffin to serve on Ways and Means

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has been chosen to serve on the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

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Friday, November 30, 2012 - 11:31:07

Travs finally comment on front office changes

After avoiding questions from the Arkansas Times and other media and seeing a Facebook protest group called Take Me Out of the Ballpark swell to nearly 2,000 members, the Arkansas Travelers finally issued a media release commenting on the dismissal of general manager Pete Laven and assistant general manager David Kay on Nov. 12.

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Friday, November 30, 2012 - 10:38:24

Are Arkansas Republicans planning to cut Pre-K education program?

Michael Cook, the Democratic political operative now blogging at the Talk Business website, reports on Republican robo-polling that has continued after the election.

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Friday, November 30, 2012 - 10:10:47

ACA health-insurance exchange is coming no matter what. Who should be in charge?

We noted yesterday that Rep. Nate Bell has been quoting Christie Herrera of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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Friday, November 30, 2012 - 10:06:14

John Ward, journalist and author, dies

News comes from Times columnist Ernie Dumas that John Ward, the journalist and author of "The Arkansas Rockefeller" and "Winthrop Rockefeller, Philanthropist" died Thursday of cancer.

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Friday, November 30, 2012 - 09:51:23

ATM robbery on Baseline

A man trying to withdraw money from a cash machine at a bank on Baseline Road yesterday was accosted and robbed by a knife-wielding thief.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 17:18:20

Open line

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 16:14:00

Make Medicaid more efficient? It's already in the budget

The cuts recommended by the Department of Human Services to plug the state Medicaid program’s budget shortfall in 2014 and 2015 have caused a stir because they include cuts to Level 3 nursing-facility care, as we noted in this week’s Reporter.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 14:38:49

Nate Bell's 'reforms' have serious costs

Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena) pushes ALEC policy under the guise of eliminating fraud and waste.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 14:07:00

Ark. Supreme Court strikes blow to equitable school funding

Whoa. In a 4-3 split decision, the Arkansas Supreme Court today ruled that school districts can keep property tax revenue even when it exceeds funding levels required by law.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 11:37:10

Conway attempt to steal Salvation Army kettle

From the dumb criminal and/or crazy-brave victim files comes this story from yesterday's Log Cabin Democrat.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 11:28:49

North Little Rock precincts sharply divided over Mayor's race

North Little Rock school board member Scott Miller, a supporter of Tracy Steele, has an interesting breakdown on the runoff for mayor on his Facebook page.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 11:06:39

Walther Arms to relocate to Ft. Smith, Umarex to expand

While this week's cover story about the closure of Whirlpool's Ft. Smith plant shows the bleak side of the street in Ft. Smith, there are signs of growth.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 10:49:44

Investigative reporter Dewayne Graham, dead at 63

Former Little Rock TV News investigative reporter Dewayne Graham, who made a name for himself as the face of KATV's "7 on Your Side" and later ran for public office, passed away yesterday at age 63 after what a friend said was a long illness.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 09:59:21

Freethinkers enlist legal services over public school field trip to Agape Church

The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers announced today that it's reached out to the Appignani Humanist Legal Center to address its concerns over a planned field trip by Terry Elementary to take 1st and 2nd graders to see "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at Agape Church.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 09:49:27

Neal Gladner resigns as GM of Crain Media

The longtime Central Arkansas radio personality is leaving the state.

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