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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 15:08:52

UPDATE: Tom Cotton explains vote against lower student loan interest rates — it's Obama's fault

The House, which can rarely agree on anything, tonight passed 392-31 a compromise deal on student loan interest rates.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 20:53:00

The metallurgical report on the Mayflower pipeline break just went public

Here's the full forensic metallurgical report ExxonMobil ordered after its Pegasus Pipeline split.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 15:45:11

The line is open UPDATE

The line is open. Closing words: * READ ROCK CITY TIMES: Somebody ought to paint that slogan on the black roof of a red barn.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 14:51:00

Brandon Barber pleads guilty to federal charges

Brandon Barber, the once high-flying Northwest Arkansas developer, pleaded guilty in federal court in Fort Smith today to three federal charges — conpsiracy to commit bank and bankruptcy fraud and money laundering.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 13:14:00

Progress reported in treatment of child with parasite

Good update from CNN, posted here by Channel 11, on Kali Hardig, the 12-year-old girl being treated for the presence of a usually-fatal parasite that attacks the brain.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 12:30:00

Guns in Clarksville schools not an insurance issue, superintendent says

An item yesterday about the Clarksville School District's plan to have more than 20 teaches and staff members carry concealed weapons next school year as a security measure prompted a lot of discussion yesterday, including on the topic of insurance.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 11:50:28

Rep. Duncan Baird announces for state treasurer

I'm beginning to think Republicans planned today as an orgy of political announcements and leaks to create a bit of a bandwagon effect.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 11:49:00

Pryor responds to Tom Cotton's entry in Senate race

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign responds to the expected news of Republican Tom Cotton's plans to oppose Pryor in 2014: Mark Pryor for U.S. Senate campaign manager Jeff Weaver released the following statement Wednesday about Tom Cotton's anticipated run for the U.S. Senate after just 209 days in Congress.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 10:15:00

Tom Cotton to announce for U.S. Senate

That headline is the flash headline being circulated by the Associated Press and mirrors multiple comments this morning.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 10:05:00

Little Rock congressional staffer makes 50 Most Beautiful list

A break from hardcore politics. The Hill does a periodic survey of the 50 Most Beautiful people in Washington, both men and women, from members of Congress to staff.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 09:17:58

Will Bond steps down as Arkansas Democratic Party chair; Vince Insalaco tapped to succeed him

Little Rock lawyer Will Bond, a former state legislator, is stepping down as Arkansas Democratic Party chair and Vince Insalaco, longtime political player and North Little Rock development dynamo, has been tapped by Gov. Mike Beebe to succeed him.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 09:07:00

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr announcement today: For 4th District Congress?

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's office says he'll have an announcement "on his future plans" very soon.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 08:52:00

Why tax 'reform' is doomed

Great discussion on Wonkbook on the suddenly hot topic of tax reform, as encapsulated in one small business owner's quote: ‘Get rid of the deductions that don’t affect me.’ "Revenue neutral" tax reform means there are winners and losers.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 06:45:25

The pope and gay people

Have the media made too much of Pope Francis' recent off-the-cuff remarks about gay people.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 18:30:00

Boozman, Pryor and Griffin push feds to release Mayflower spill reports

Sens. John Boozman and Mark Pryor and Rep. Tim Griffin have requested that the federal agency that regulates pipelines make information related to the Pegasus pipeline and the spill public. Their letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is on the jump.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 17:53:00

ADEQ is (finally) testing the sediment between Mayflower pipeline break and Lake Conway

Confident that the emergency portion of the Mayflower oil and chemical spill cleanup has ended, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is testing sediment along the path that oil traveled toward, if not indeed into, Lake Conway.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 17:41:55

China bans poultry from Arkansas because of isolated avian flu discovery

Reuters reports on China's banning of poultry imports from Arkansas on account of what officials in the U.S. said was a low-pathogen strain of avian flu found in eight birds on a single Scott County farm.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 17:24:00

Man dies after gunfire exchange with Benton police in Interstate 30 chase

Channel 4 reports here on the death of a man who reportedly fled from a Benton police traffic stop on Interstate 30.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 16:27:07

Tuesday night and the subscription line is open

The Tuesday night line is open. Final words: * ARKANSAS TIMES DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP REMINDER: Thursday the Arkansas Times begins metered access to our four digital news weblogs, the Arkansas, Rock Candy, Eat Arkansas and Eye Candy blogs.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 14:59:00

Judge denies delay in retrial of Josh Hastings on manslaughter charge

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen has denied a state request to postpone the planned Sept. 16 start date of the retrial of former Little Rock police patrol officer Josh Hastings in the slaying of a car break-in suspect on a West Little Rock apartment complex lot.

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