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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 22:02:29

Shooting at Park Plaza

KARK-TV is reporting that two people have been shot at Park Plaza Mall. The station expects to report more later; nothing yet posted on the website.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 21:25:39

Support for Medicaid expansion from House Democrats, public

This kind of got lost in the shuffle but I suppose it's worth noting that the House Democratic Caucus gave a strong endorsement to Medicaid expansion, or whatever we're calling it now, in a press conference at the Capitol yesterday.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 17:00:04

Federal suit by former PuCo coroner Garland Camper dismissed

A judge has dismissed the federal discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit filed last year by former Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 16:59:39

The Thursday line

Davy Carter's voodoo math, Justin Harris thinks the Deaf School has enough money, the Club for Growth targets Pryor, Obama supports Prop 8 and Gawker exposes the hypocrisy of the NRA.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 16:15:02

Disturbance, arrest, after former LRPD officer Josh Hastings spat on in courthouse

Trouble at the Pulaski County Courthouse this morning, with a group of people in the hallway outside the 5th Division Courtroom becoming loud, followed by a woman spitting on former LRPD officer Josh Hastings as he was being led from the courtroom.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 15:31:21

Salvage firm says teardowns are for private school

Southern Accents, the salvage company that is dismantling two historic houses on Cantrell Road that will be demolished, has published an article in its newsletter titled "Salvage Adventure in Arkansas."

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 14:09:00

Ark. GOP congressmen vote against protecting abused women

Arkansas's congressional delegation was nowhere to be found among the 87 House Republicans who joined 199 Democrats today to pass the Senate's bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The measures reauthorizes a 1994 law that provides support for organizations that serve domestic and sexual violence victims.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 12:53:54

Former LRPD cop Josh Hastings pleads not guilty

Josh Hastings, the former Little Rock Police Department officer who was charged with manslaughter in January in the August 2012 shooting death of a 15-year-old boy during a burglary call at a West Little Rock apartment complex, plead not guilty to the charge today.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 11:36:29

Medicaid "Private Option" deal costs more, still good deal for state

Make sure to read yesterday's post (which was updated several times last night) for a detailed explanation of the state's new option for Medicaid expansion.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 09:44:31

Senate overrides Beebe veto of abortion ban

The Arkansas Senate voted this morning Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a measure that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks. It now becomes law, but for how long?

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 09:44:22

UPDATED WITH HHS RESPONSE Is new Arkansas Medicaid expansion deal legal?

Here's a simple question that's been nagging me about the Medicaid deal: Under what statutory authority are the feds subsidizing folks between 0 and 100 percent of the federal poverty level on the exchange?

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 08:23:31

County officials blindsided by Lake Maumelle watershed amendment

The amendment that stalls the Maumelle Watershed zoning ordinance is "really just trying to kill the land-use regulations in the watershed," according to Pulaski Count Judge Buddy Villines.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 17:30:02

The humpday open line

What's the word?

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 15:53:00

Missy Irvin pushes nanny state attack on tattoo parlors

The Senate Public Health committee will need to consider the new Medicaid deal but they spent some time this morning to pass Sen. Irvin's Act to Limit Body Art Procedures, which bans scarification and dermal implants.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 14:31:20

Club for Growth wants primary challenger to Crawford

The Club for Growth today launched a website urging for primary challengers to nine Republican members of Congress, including Rep. Rick Crawford.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 14:07:00

Arkansas House overrides Beebe veto

As expected, the Arkansas House today voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of Rep. Andy Mayberry's unconstitutional bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 12:00:40

Mark Darr: no regrets, Gov. Beebe is 'not my boss'

I caught up with Lt. Gov. Mark Darr just now and he told me that he had not embarrassed himself "at all" by signing a bill while the governor was out of town, an action that drew the ire of Gov. Mike Beebe.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:32:37

Time story on health care overcharges: must read

Steven Brill was interviewed on NPR this morning about his extensive Time magazine cover story on what our real focus on American health care should be: The $750 billion in excessive charges by pharmaceutical companies and hospitals.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:26:43

Voter ID in House committee

Sen. Bryan King's voter ID surpression bill is being discussed.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 09:50:14

More on Milton and the LRSD

Parent receives message from Milton wanting to talk.

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