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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 19:50:00

How bad were the tornadoes? Bad, EF4

The National Weather Service released its ratings on the storms that hit Arkansas Sunday night. The worst of five tornadoes was an EF4, producing 166-200 mph winds over a path of 41 miles.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 16:52:00

The open line: Bill Clinton coming to town for Mike Ross

The midweek line is open for reader comments. Be careful out there. The homicide count for April alone is now up to 11. Also in the news: Bill Clinton in Little Rock Saturday to raise money for Mike Ross' gubernatorial campaign.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 16:00:00

Real estate agent gets 18 months in prison for false loan application

Christian Sanchez of Rogers was sentenced in Fayetteville to 18 months in federal prison and fined $2,500 for falsiying a client's employment information to obtain a home mortgage loan. Sanchez also was ordered to pay restitution of $132,550.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 15:53:00

Faulkner County rape conviction reversed

The Arkansas Court of Appeals today reversed the child rape conviction of Russell Hudson in Faulkner Circuit Court. It said the conviction and 20-year sentence should be dismissed because the lower court should not have granted a continuance in a trial when the victim was not available to testify.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 14:25:00

Barroom remark causes extra precautions at University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas alerted students today about a threatening remark and was taking extra precautions as a result, though the threat was not believed credible.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 13:33:47

New Arkansas polling: Pryor leads Cotton 43-42; Hutchinson leads Ross 46-38

Public Policy Polling, a Democratic automated polling firm, has new results in key Arkansas races for U.S. Senate and governor and it will be a little hard for Republicans to mount their usual attack on PPP numbers as biased toward Democrats.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 13:31:00

Pryor missing as Republicans filibuster federal minimum wage increase

Republicans sustained a filibuster against a federal minimum wage increase in the U.S. Senate today. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, who has said he opposed the increase, did not vote, which is the same as a vote to sustain the filibuster.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 12:47:00

Little Rock sets public meetings for police chief candidates

The city of Little Rock has announced the schedule for public meetings with the three finalists for Little Rock police chief to succeed the retiring Stuart Thomas.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 12:42:00

Surprise: Walton-subsidized UA has another report to support Walton school agenda

The Walton-subsidized University of Arkansas has issued a news release today about a report from a Walton-financed arm of the UA intended to support the notion that more public tax money should go to charter schools, which the Walton heirs are spending hundreds of millions to promote in the United States. There's another way to look at some of this.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:37:00

Museum of Discovery to get exposure on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Museum of Discovery's Kevin Delaney will do his science education magic in a much bigger venue May 5. He's to appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 10:35:00

Two GOP candidates, two different votes, same mailer message

Two Republican politicians have sent mailers touting their opposition to Obamacare. They share a political firm that does such mailings. Funny thing: One voted for Obamcare and one didn't.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 09:59:00

Latest GOP attorney general ad touches all the base's bases

The newest TV ad from Republican Leslie Rutledge, a candidate for attorney general, touches all the bases. She's a "Christian, pro-life, gun-carryin', conservative woman" and she'll fight the "liberal agenda" of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi and Obamacare.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 09:39:00

Looting arrests in Vilonia

KARK reports that two men were arrested Tuesday night in Vilonia for trying to steal copper wiring from damaged homes in the tornado-ravaged city.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 09:26:00

Clinton crisis manager helps NBA boss and provides advice for pols

Good story from National Journal on the crisis management advice Doug Sosnik, an adviser to President Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal, provided Adam Silver, the NBA boss, in dealing with racist owner Donald Sterling. It provides advice for erring politicians that is worth repeating.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 07:14:00

Oklahoma botches one execution; stays another

An Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack 40 minutes after his execution was botched last night. Another execution was stayed as a result and you'd now hope Oklahoma officials will be forced to do some explaining for why they fought so hard in court to go forward with these executions despite questions about the sources of drugs to be used.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 07:00:00

Getting tough on crime gets tough on taxpayers

Tougher policies on sentencing of minor criminals and dealing with parole violators are filling county and state lockups to overflowing. Now the politicians are complaining. But will they, and their constituents, pay to do anything about it?

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 06:46:00

UPDATE: Another Little Rock homicide

Little Rock police found Jason Harris, 41, in the 1900 block of Sanford Street after a shooting about 7:30 p.m. last night. He died later from gunshot wounds.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 17:26:00

Prosecutor clears UA administrator for statements about financial problems

A Fayetteville prosecutor has cleared a University of Arkansas administrator, Vice Chancellor Donald Pederson, of allegations that he had been untruthful in denying knowledge of allegations of fraudulent activities in the UA's advancement division.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 16:41:00

Supreme Court stays portion of Voter ID ruling

The Arkansas Supreme Court today issued a split ruling on staying Circuit Judge Tim Fox's ruling last week invalidating the state's new Voter ID law. The effect seems to mean that, barring an uncommonly fast ruling, early voting could begin next week with the Voter ID law in effect.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 16:20:00

Open line: A drone's eye view of Vilonia; British royalty headed to Memphis

The open line features drone footage shot for KARK/Fox 16 of the damage done Sunday night in Vilonia — broad swaths of leveled homes and businesses. Also a report on a visit of British royalty — William, Kate and Harry — to Memphis this weekend for a pal's wedding.

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