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Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 16:21:00

The Josh Miller in the Spotlight Edition

The latest in the fight to over reauthorizing the private option in Arkansas, the legislative hypocrite of the week, Sen. Johnny Key and the University of Arkansas and a beginning of the end of the lieutenant governor’s office leftovers — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 16:18:33

Open line: The shrinking news business; Pryor nicked for Koch contributions; dispute on voter ID; Walton grant application slowed by questions

The open line news roundup: Most of Stephens Media news bureau in Little Rock lose their jobs. Mark Pryor bites Koch hand that feeds him. Lawsuit possible over new state election rule. Unable to answer my questions, a state agency delayed a rubberstamp vote on a Walton-financed bid to get some federal money to pass out to charter schools.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 15:46:00

Pulaski Tech board restates support for Ellibee

The board of trustees of Pulaski Technical College expressed its support for president Dr. Margaret Ellibee.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 15:14:00

Election filings include Democratic gubernatorial candidate

Republicans are tickled. Mike Ross will have to spend some money in the Democratic primary. He drew an unexpected opponent today — Lynette "Doc" Bryant of Little Rock. She's been active politically, but generally in losing efforts.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 13:15:00

Race develops for Court of Appeals, Bart Virden to challenge Mike Maggio

Bart Virden, a Conway County district court judge in Morrilton, filed today for the District 2, Position 1 seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Circuit Judge Mike Maggio of Conway had filed earlier for the position.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 10:55:00

Bennett's Military will stay downtown, but precise location still under study

News yesterday about plans to renovate the Fulk Building, current home of Bennett's Military Supplies, for a new home for the Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods ad/PR firm didn't include an answer to the future location of the venerable retailer, 144 years old and a 74-year resident of Main Street. A new location should be decided by next week. It will be downtown.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 10:45:00

Beebe signs bill to avoid lieutenant governor election

Gov. Mike Beebe today signed SB 139 which gives him the power not to call a special election to fill the lieutenant governor's office this year.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 09:27:00

UPDATE: Clinton Library plans release of presidential papers

Politico reports that the Clinton Presidential Library will begin releasing papers this afternoon that had been allowed to be kept secret until last year. Some 25,000 pages are to be released in the next few weeks, with about 5,000 pages coming today. Review continues on about 8,000 pages of material.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 09:15:00

Gun slaying on Baseline Road

Cedric Pennington, 44, was shot to death shortly after midnight last night outside apartments at 8621 Baseline Road.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 07:22:00

Rep. Josh Miller gets national exposure on MSNBC as Medicaid expansion opponent

Republican Rep. Josh Miller of Heber Springs was interviewed by MSNBC's Chris Hayes last night. He defended his opposition to Medicaid expansion in the face of his own significant benefit from the program. He said the government can't afford to cover more people. He also again made the inaccurate claim that he and other opponents don't want to take coverage away from people already signed up.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 07:09:00

Little Rock makes Top 10 crime list

KARK reports that Little Rock has made a Top 10, ranking at No. 5 on a list of the country's most dangerous cities in the category of population under 200,000. Among those 10, Little Rock was one of only three that didn't report a decline in crime according to recently released FBI statistics, KARK reports.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 06:43:00

UPDATE: Sen. Johnny Key won't seek re-election, Rep. John Burris in the wings

Sen. Johnny Key, the Mountain Home Republican, told his hometown newspaper, the Baxter Bulletin, that he would not seek re-election this year. That indicates he expects a favorable look by the committee that will choose from dozens of applicants to be the next lobbyist for the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Rep. John Burris is expected to file for the seat before filing closes Monday.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 06:37:00

Votes set to move judicial nomination of Timothy Brooks of Fayetteville

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid moved last night to overcome Republican obstruction of more presidential nominations, including that of Timothy Brooks of Fayetteville to a federal district court judgeship in the western district of Arkansas.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 06:26:00

Huge fire at vacant Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs

The landmark Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs, vacant since 2006 and recently boarded up, caught fire last night and kept burning as dozens of firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. Coverage of the spectacular fire kindled memories among thousands of Arkansans from the resort hotel's happier days. The fire was still burning this morning.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 16:37:00

Do you know what's in your tamales?

Fresh from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission: Wildlife officers today arrested a White County couple on several wildlife violations. The pair allegedly used wild animals, such as deer, to make tamales in their roadside stand.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 16:32:00

Open line: Curbing violence among young black men. Election filings. KATV's Christina Munoz to UCA. A legislative prediction.

The evening open line news roundup includes a conference in New Orleans about the homicide rate among young black men. Also: More election filings. UCA steals an anchor from KATV for a top PR job. And a legislator predicts resolution of the Medicaid impasse by Tuesday.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 15:46:00

Natural Resources Commission rebuffs legislative pressure, refuses payment to builder of illegal dam

Legislative pressure tactics failed today to persuade the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to pay any legal or engineering fees incurred by Dan Eoff in Clinton as a result of his construction of an unpermitted earthen dam in Van Buren County. Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest and Rep. Josh Miller of Heber Springs, both Republicans, had pressured the agency to pay the fees and had held up the agency's budget to force the payment.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 15:20:00

Cranford Johnson to relocate to Third and Main

A potential move reported here weeks ago has been firmed up: Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, the state’s largest marketing, advertising and public relations firm, will move from Capitol Avenue to the Fulk Building at Third and Main, the long-time home of Bennett's Military Supplies. Jones Film Video, which has been at Sixth and Chester, will move into a building across the street that has been occupied by Mr. Cool's.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 14:38:00

Arkansas Times photo intern shoots the drag queens of Sochi

As part of Ball State University's BSU at the Games, Arkansas Times photo intern Matt Amaro covered the culture of Sochi during the Winter Olympics. Along the way, he became part of the news in a Sochi gay bar.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 14:03:00

No vote on private option today, but details of possible deal emerge

As expected, there was no vote today in the House on the private option, but details have emerged of a possible deal. Here's what we know...

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