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Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 17:25:00

The Don't Let the Darr Hit You on the Way Out Edition

The imperiled private option, the lieutenant governor’s office post-Darr, Arkansas Department of Education director Tom Kimbrell, the ouster of LR Wastewater chief Reggie Corbitt and Tom Cotton’s vote against the Farm Bill — all covered this week.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 17:15:00

The lying liars open line

The Friday night line commences. Closing out:

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 16:06:00

Taking the pulse of the Arkansas legislature on the private option (Part II)

REP. STEPHANIE MALONE (voted YES on private option appropriation last session) Obviously things have changed at the federal level, which changes it here at our level, so I’m just going to sit back and listen to both sides.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 16:05:00

Mark Darr submitted resignation letter to Mark Martin, legislative leaders, but not governor

Said in response to reporter inquiries as recent as Thursday that Darr would resign "with all formal protocols concerning hsi departure from office by Feb. 1, 2014."

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 14:38:00

Who done it? Injudicious dog doings at the Pulaski County Courthouse

We get public memos. Such as this one.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 14:07:00

Chief Thomas to retire in June

With LRPD 35 years.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 13:27:00

Student arrested on charges of rape, sexual assault of a minor

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office announced today that they had arrested a doctor from UAMS, 

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:23:00

Republican's Believe it or Not: Full employment for dead wood

Just saw this Arkansas Democrat-Gazette quote on the future of the Lt. Gov Mark Darr's $250,000 staff when the office is no longer occupied.

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Today's headlines: Legislature warms up by punishing Supreme Court

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:11:00

Political notes: Cash and car crash in the news

A variety of politically related items have floated in this morning. * FOURTH DISTRICT CASH: Tommy Moll, this year's nominee by outside conservative moneybags to rent the 4th District congressional seat they rented for Tom Cotton, reports 

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 10:33:00

Domestic battery charge upgraded to homicide after victim dies

The LRPD has announced that they have upgraded a charge of first degree domestic battery to homicide after a man shot by his grandson in November died. 

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 08:01:00

Mark Darr watch: Will he stay? Will staff go?

I've again submitted FOI requests to Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's office in an effort to determine whether today will be his last day on the state payroll and what plans are in the works for maintaining a $250,000 payroll for an office that is unoccupied and won't likely be occupied until a successor is elected to take office in 2014.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 07:38:00

Education director Tom Kimbrell seeks Fayetteville superintendent's job

I'm remiss in not passing on the notice from the Fayetteville School District last night that it would be interviewing Arkansas Education Director Tom Kimbrell about a coming vacancy in its superintendent post.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 07:04:00

Arkansas's prison dilemma — punishment isn't cheap

Benji Hardy has another thoughtful post on his blog at Legislative Digest. It's about how much money Arkansas saved by participating in a federal initiative to slow down state prison population growth.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 17:14:00

Wastewater utility fires operations manager Miller

His firing follows CEO Corbitt's.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 16:51:00

Love, Arkansas-style

We're looking to do some short profiles of several Arkansas couples for an issue that comes out the day before Valentine's Day. We're searching for people willing to talk candidly about love, sex, romance, etc.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 16:27:00

The open line: Holy war

The line is open. Final words:

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 15:49:00

Pulaski Election Commission seeks opinion on Voter ID law

The Pulaski County Election Commission voted today to asks Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for an opinion on the new voter ID law.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 13:42:00

Mark Darr: Still in office, but are the checks in the mail?

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has said he will resign "effective Feb. 1," which is this Saturday.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 12:31:00

Arkansas Business: Bank of Ozarks to buy Summit Bancorp

Arkansas Business has the jump on a big piece of Arkansas financial news. Bank of the Ozarks is expected to announce later today its purchase of Summit Bancorp of Arkadelphia. 

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 12:28:00

Poor and poorer: Arkansas is still poor, but not as poor as before the War on Poverty

Statelines provides an interesting report on the state of poverty in America 50 years after LBJ launched his War on Poverty.

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