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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 15:32:00

The season opening open line

Hog hysteria dominates Twitter. I'm packing it in early.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 11:26:00

Politics and the Pilot Flying J lawsuit over diesel fuel rebates

More background follows on a federal investigation and lawsuit I mentioned earlier. I picked up reporting from Tennessee on proposed settlements of civil claims against the Pilot Flying J truckstop chain for failure to pay rebates owed trucking firms on diesel purchases.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 11:05:00

Mayflower, Maddow and the Pulitzer

A reader last night asked what happened to the thread on the Rachel Maddow Show Thursday night that had an extensive segment on the ExxonMobil pipeline break in Mayflower.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 07:08:00

The University of Arkansas's corporate culture; who to believe?

The Democrat-Gazette reported further today on fired spokesman John Diamond's assertion that he fell out of favor for encouraging more openness about the budget mess in the university fund-raising arm that led to Brad Choate's removal.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 17:13:00

The Mark Darr Bows Out Edition

Mark Darr bowing out of the 4th District, Jeremy Hutchinson and rubber bullets, the EPA taking charge of certain water permits, Walmart’s decision to offer benefits to same sex partners and the talk of defunding the health care expansion in the fiscal session — all discussed on this week's podcast.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 16:31:00

ADEQ: EPA's revocation of waiver could lead to slowed process, stiffer penalties

As we reported earlier today, in response to Act 954 — legislation altering permit requirements for discharging minerals into streams — the federal Environmental Protection Agency is terminating the waiver of its right to review certain water discharge permits.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 15:37:00

Open line: Plus, Orbea to move to Main Street

Another week done. Finishing up:

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 15:19:00

Department of Health plan for health screenings of Mayflower residents possibly suffering health effects doesn't go far enough, community group argues

We got a few more details about the program the Arkansas Department of Health will begin offering on Tuesday to Mayflower residents who say the March oil spill there made them sick.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 13:41:00

$2.5 million to be refunded from subsidies for failed Nordex wind turbine plant in Jonesboro

The state of Arkansas will be repaid $2.5 million in subsidies paid to help Nordex USA start a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Jonesboro.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 13:11:00

Negligent homicide charge filed in death of cross-country bike rider Merritt Levitan

Teagan Ross Martin, 21, of Newport has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of Merritt Levitan, 18, of Milton, Mass.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 12:36:00

Crime in Little Rock; a City Hall dialogue

Crime in the streets and homes. Full jails.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 12:05:00

Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington to resign

Shelli Russell at MySaline.com breaks the news that Bruce Pennington is resigning as Saline County sheriff.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 11:55:00

EPA revokes waiver for Arkansas to approve water permits

Legislation has consequences. And these were predicted by environmentalists during the legislative session. 

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 09:32:00

University of Arkansas enrollment tops 25,000

Preliminary enrollment numbers at the Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas has topped 25,000, the UA announced today.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 08:28:00

Mark Darr's ethical compass fails again

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr is just about perfect when it comes to ethical judgment — always wrong.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 07:00:00

North Carolina: A cautionary political tale for Arkansas

The point in this opinion piece is simple: If the outside money that floods into Arkansas in 2014 elects a Republican governor and returns a majority Republican legislature, get ready for what unbridled political spending produced in North Carolina.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 06:47:00

Suspect held on fifth burglary of same store

Talk about a regular customer. The Pulaski County sheriff's office said it got a call from the Saline County sheriff's office about a man it had in custody — David Allen Crow, 32 — as a potential suspect in the Aug. 25 burglary of Fred's on Arch Street Pike.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 18:37:00

Medicaid expansion “private option” policy details take shape

The joint Public Health committee heard more than two hours of testimony from Medicaid director Andy Allison and other officials today on the nitty-gritty details of the so-called “private option” plan for Medicaid expansion.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 18:09:00

Jason Rapert: Serves God before his constituents

[embed-1] Sen. Jason Rapert presumably won't anger the good Christians of his Senate district with a declaration that he serves God before them.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 15:56:26

The climate change open line

The Thursday night line is open. Finishing up:

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