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Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 16:59:00

The Failed Guilty Plea Edition

Martha Shoffner's unsuccessful attempt to enter a guilty plea, Congressman Tim Griffin and the Lifeline phone program, Max's annual trip to Arkansas Boys State and questions about a pay raise for Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola — all covered this week.

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 16:25:00

Yelp's Luther Lowe, the sort of person the tech park would want to attract, talks tech park

Luther Lowe, director of business outreach and public policy at Yelp, talks about his job, his take on Arkansas' tech future and the Little Rock Technology Park.

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 15:48:00

The Pander Bear open line

TGIF. To close: * NO COMMENT NECESSARY: U.S. Senator Mark Pryor will host a “Sportsmen Town Hall” on Saturday, June 1st to discuss issues affecting Arkansas hunters, anglers, and outdoorsmen.

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 13:34:00

UPDATE: Judge rejects guilty plea from Martha Shoffner after she fails to acknowledge elements of charge

Judge Leon Holmes rejected former Treasurer Martha Shoffner's guilty plea today after she refused to acknowledge that was influenced in state investment decisions by money she received from a securities broker.

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 11:24:01

Body found in Coleman Creek at UALR

From the UALR Twitter feed: A body was found in Coleman Creek near Fine Arts bldg.

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 10:50:00

Suspect sought in SWLR branch bank robbery

The Little Rock police are looking for the man in the surveillance photo above. He's a suspect in a robbery this morning of a Metropolitan National Bank branch at 6712 Baseline Road.

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 10:37:00

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner expected to enter plea on extortion charge

What's known as a "felony waiver" hearing has been scheduled at 2 p.m. today in Federal District Judge Leon Holmes' courtroom for an as-yet-unnamed criminal defendant.

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 10:14:00

UALR to announce 'game changer' economic development

Intriguing announcement: MEDIA ADVISORY EVENT:UALR will make a major economic development and higher education announcement.

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 09:45:00

David Pryor's home a burglary target

The Little Rock police say former U.S. Sen. David Pryor's home on a side street off the Cantrell Road hill was burglarized Thursday while the Pryors were away between about 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 08:15:00

UPDATED: Scott County sheriff and 1 other dead, 3 missing in flooding

Channel 4 and Fox 16: The Department of Emergency Management is reporting a search is on for a sheriff and Game and Fish officer in a flooded portion of Scott County.

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 07:13:00

The Republican war on food stamps

I mentioned yesterday that a conservative group was targeting Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford for, among other things, not going along with the Republican Party's war on food stamps.

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 06:48:00

UPDATE: Secretary of State Mark Martin piles up attorney fees

Blue Hog Report expands on a mention here yesterday of Secretary of State Mark Martin's use of the attorney general's office for an opinion on when legislation takes effect (90 days after a session ends for non-emergency bills, as always).

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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 06:36:00

Capitol Zoning Commission rejects change in fence height rule

Ah, the great fence debate. Remember it?

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 18:40:00

Quorum Court seeking applicants for Lake Maumelle watershed task force

A land-use ordinance restricting development in the Lake Maumelle watershed is set to go into effect in April of 2014 (with a moratorium on various forms of development in place in the mean time), but various stakeholders are hoping to come up with an alternative plan.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 17:47:00

Mark Pryor ads defend vote against gun background checks

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's $30,000 ad buy to defend his vote against very modest bipartisan legislation to require background checks for nearly all gun purchases is about as pathetic as you might imagine.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 16:10:19

The Thursday night line: The rappelant Les Miles; lottery theft probe; Mark Martin's legal staff

The line is open. Closing out: * LOTTERY THEFT: A reported investigation of a (former) Arkansas Lottery Commission employee for theft of lottery tickets is apparently nearing a conclusion.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 15:54:00

Tim Griffin's dishonest campaign against Lifeline phone service

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin loves oil companies and Koch Bros. He wants to build pipelines across sensitive aquifers to transport dangerous Canadian tar sands to Texas so the Koch brothers can process it to sell goods to China.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 09:47:45

Arkansas Supreme Court dismisses lottery trademark suit

The Arkansas Supreme Court today issued a couple of rulings of note: * ARKANSAS LOTTERY: The Supreme Court ruled that the Arkansas Lottery Commission was entitled to soverign immunity from a lawsuit by Alpha Marketing, owned by Ed Dozier, that the state had infringed its trademark for the words Arkansas Lottery, Lottery Arkansas and Arkansas Lotto.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 09:44:00

Crime alert: Smash-and-grab in the Big Dam Bridge parking lot

Sporting Life Arkansas features an account by Stacy Margaret Jones, victim of a car burglary after she parked at at the Big Dam Bridge for a two-hour bike ride.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 09:24:00

The right attacks U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford with radio ads

Could there be a challenge from the right flank in the Republican primary for U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Jonesboro?

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