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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 16:00:00

The Tuesday night line

The line is open. Final words: *WALTON ANNOUNCES NEW MONEY IN WAR ON EDUCATION: The Walton Foundation announced today an $8 million infusion into the school "reform" lobbying outfit headed by the controversial Michelle Rhee.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:09:00

The last waddle for Peabody LR ducks

The Peabody Hotel ducks took their last swim today in the lobby of the Little Rock hotel, which makes the changeover to a Marriott hotel tomorrow.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 09:50:36

Obamacare application simplified

The Washington Post's Wonkblog reports that the feds have developed a simpler application for health coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 08:57:00

Tom Cotton burnishes his warhawk image

"Media sweetheart" is how this piece in Politico puts it and they should know, having been pumping U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Club for Growth) since forever.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 06:43:00

Morning report: Ethics, gambling

Of interest this morning: * YOU WANT ETHICS? TIM JACOBS WILL GIVE YOU SOME ETHICS: I wrote an item not long ago when Tim Jacob, a native Arkansan and national figure in the term limits movement, filed a proposed constitutional amendment to attempt to scare the legislature out of adopting a so-called ethics amendment that included weakening of term limits and a mechanism to raise legislative pay.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 16:53:15

Monday night line

The comment line is open. Final words: * TOM COTTON STATEMENT ON OBAMA: 'MOSTLY FALSE': Politifact has reviewed U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's overhyped statement on the House floor on terrorism during the administration of President Obama versus what he claimed were zero events under George W. Bush (not counting that little 9/11 thing).

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Monday, April 29, 2013 - 14:52:00

Nuclear One unit back on line

Entergy announced this afternoon that Unit 2 of the Arkansas Nuclear One generating station near Russellville was reconnectec to the grid at 3 p.m.

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Monday, April 29, 2013 - 11:44:00

The Mayflower oil spill continues to make headlines

* Then there's the latest from the Mayflower Unified Command, in theory a cooperative effort of authorities and Exxon, but, for PR purposes, Exxon-run.

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Monday, April 29, 2013 - 11:27:00

NBA player Jason Collins comes out

The decision by NBA journeyman Jason Collins to announce he is gay is making headlines all over today.

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Monday, April 29, 2013 - 09:49:10

U.S. Supreme Court refuses Alabama appeal on immigration law

Federal law rules on immigration enforcement. That's the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today not to hear an Alabama appeal of the decison striking down parts of its anti-immigration law, including making it a crime to harbor people in the country illegally.

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Monday, April 29, 2013 - 06:18:00

Morning report: Taxes, oily birds, power lines

A slow start this morning. A couple of things popped up:

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 16:13:46

Spring has sprung open line

Doesn't get much better than today does it? Spring planting is done.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 07:38:00

Bloodworth Thomason has a documentary winner

It's a quiet Sunday morning, but here's a winning note of someone with an Arkansas connection.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 16:58:00

Saturday night live

Over to you. I have a pot of Madras curry made with spices actually blended in Madras (Chennai), red leaf lettuce from the Hillcrest Farmers Market, Barnhill farm strawberries and some great naan from the frozen food case at Asian Grocery.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 09:46:31

Mark Pryor: Stooge of the Night on Letterman show

As several have noted, David Letterman made Mark Pryor his stooge of the night last night for his vote with the NRA to defeat legislation to expand gun purchase background checks to gun shows.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 06:55:00

Head Start budget cuts announced

A roundup to start this rainy Saturday morning:'* BECAUSE NO CONGRESSMAN USES A HEAD START CENTER: Administrators of Head Start agencies received word yesterday that budgets for the remainder of this fiscal year would be reduced 5.27 percent and that agencies could expect a similar cut in the 2014 budget barring action by Congress.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 18:15:00

NY Times: 'runaway train' of black farm discrimination payments

I meant to mention this earlier. It's a must read.

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Friday, April 26, 2013 - 16:39:00

The Extremism Edition

A Republican even crazier than Nate Bell, the last vetoes of the session, the latest outrage from Tom Cotton and Bloomberg versus Pryor — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, April 26, 2013 - 16:10:31

Friday night lines

The line is open. Closing out: * EXECUTION LAW CHALLENGED: A new state law specifying drugs to be used in executions still doesn't meet constitutional muster, inmates have argued in a new federal lawsuit.

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Friday, April 26, 2013 - 12:10:00

Congress votes to end air traffic furloughs

The House today voted 361-41 for a measure approved unanimously in the Senate to end air traffic controller furloughs that have caused flight delays.

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