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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 21:47:14

Koch money planned for proposed steel mill

Re the $1.1 billion steel mill that Gov. Mike Beebe has asked the state to support with $125 million in grants and loans and other inducements; * BACKERS: I now have multiple sources saying that Koch Industries — yes, those Kochs — is the likely source of another major chunk of the private capital required for the $250 million equity pot that must be in place before the state money would flow.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 17:03:10

UPDATE: America the Beautiful night

I'm outta here. Got to go to North Little Rock, where they'll be paying tribute to my boss Alan Leveritt tonight.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 15:02:30

They never laugh at Dickey-Stephens Park; action threatened over bumper sticker

The sun may always shine on the Arkansas Travelers, but the Travs have effectively told one unhappy Traveler fan to put his unhappiness where the sun doesn't shine, in a legal way.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 14:36:59

Medicaid: Better budget news; stonewalling on audit trickery

The Department Human Services has released the expected improvement in the projected shortfall in money in operating the existing Medicaid program.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 13:17:00

Anti-abortion votes rule Arkansas legislature

The House Public Health Committee today is considering Rep. Andy Mayberry's bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of a pregnancy.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 12:00:16

Walmart wins settlement at NLRB over pickets

Walmart announces today a settlement before the National Labor Relations Board of its complaint about illegal picketing by the UFCW union.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 11:44:33

Gunmen for Jesus

A House committee this morning endorsed Sen. Bryan King's bill to allow guns in church, if the churches approve, which means final action is close at hand.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 10:05:22

Marketing company moving from New York to Conway

Inuvo, an internet marketing company with executive roots in Arkansas, announced today a move of its headquarters from New York city to Conway.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 09:49:50

Boozman no friend of immigrants here now

A blog post from U.S. Sen. John "Dr. No" Boozmann on immigration reform indicates he won't be going along with any plan that provides legal status to people in the country already.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 08:24:34

UPDATE: Game and Fish commissioner to resign

Unconfirmed, but a reliable source reports that Game and Fish Commissioner Richard Watkins is telling friends he plans to resign from the commission this week.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 07:21:53

Gun nuttery quote of the day

Some gun nuts often try to rile me on Facebook. In their world, the 2nd Amendment permits NO regulation of guns of any kind.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 07:02:05

Forget everything you know about losing weight

Article in New York Times touches on a subject in which I'm something of an expert.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 06:50:57

Opposition suggested to steel mill subsidy

I don't know how many noticed a lengthy elaboration on the comment thread last night by George Hopkins, director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, on his hopes to invest $60 million of retirement system money in the proposed Big River Steel Mill.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 06:26:58

Morning report: Mayhem, Mindy McReady and more

The morning mailbag brings more reports of gun deaths (remember the Mark Pryor construction — guns didn't cause these deaths.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 19:56:13

Pryor opposes assault weapon ban

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor will not be left during this pre-election period looking soft on guns.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 19:14:00

Audit ambush planned by Republicans for Medicaid?

There was a burst of reporting today that the Legislative Audit committee might release early an audit of the state's Medicaid program, otherwise not due to be completed for months.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 19:08:30

NLR chooses Kelly Rodgers as school superintendent

Just in from the North Little Rock School District: The North Little Rock Board of Education named Kelly Rodgers, Superintendent of Schools Wednesday evening with a unanimous vote in a Special Board meeting.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 18:58:00

Buddy's bridge: A hurryup vote set

Too much happening today. I was just reminded by a letter from Gene Pfeifer of a tip I'd received earlier that County Judge Buddy Villines intended to have a hurryup Quorum Court meeting Thursday and vote on his plan to sink $20 million in county road and bridge money into a design dust-catcher on the state Highway and Transportation Department's stay-busy project to replace the Broadway Bridge.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 17:30:00

Feds: No ACA mandate for those in coverage hole

The Department of Health and Human Services released clarifications today regarding exemptions from the individual mandate.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 16:24:12

An open line — wild times in Washington County

For Fayetteville readers and the many who've spent pleasant time in that civilized college town, where progressive politics prevail.

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