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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 17:05:00

Open line and a dining suggestion: Last night for Starving Artist Cafe

The Saturday night line is open. If you're a fan of North Little Rock's Starving Artist Cafe you better hurry over there for dinner. A post on their Facebook page says this is the last night for the nine-year-old restaurant, which displayed artists' work and also had been the setting for the "Tales from the South" radio show. The radio show says it will move its scheduled Tuesday night show to the Argenta Branch of the Laman Library.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 16:51:34

UPDATE: Pryor, joined by Cory Booker hit Tom Cotton on disaster aid votes

Sen. Mark Pryor and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey joined in Little Rock today to talk about disaster aid and how Pryor's Republican opponent Tom Cotton had defied the usual bipartisan spirit in disaster funding in Congress. Had Cotton had his way, money would have been short for Arkansas disaster relief. Cotton alibis.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 07:48:00

Senate runoff between John Burris and Scott Flippo draws outside legislators

A gang of anti-private option legislators journeyed to Baxter County yesterday to endorse Scott Flippo in the Republican runoff for state Senate.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 07:26:00

The booze battle in Faulkner County

This mailer is going out in Faulkner County. It's meant to discourage voters from signing petitions for an election in November to vote Faulkner County wet. Currently, alcohol is only available in "private clubs." It's a tussle that could go statewide between beer sellers and county line liquor stores

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 07:03:00

Veterans care: The Arkansas story

Fox 16 reports on a local veteran who reported a long wait to schedule an appointment to see a doctor at the local VA clinics. It's anecdotal, as was a similar story told to me yesterday about another veteran.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 17:39:49

Open line with Gaugin, struggling newspapers, Gilbert Baker, Tom Cotton's house and the women of Central High

The line is open. A glimpse of a Gaugin at Crystal Bridges, another cutback in the newspaper industry, more glory for Little Rock Central High and an audit report on former UCA lobbyist Gilbert Baker and comment on Tom Cotton's roots wrap up the evening.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 17:11:00

The Best of Arkansas — vote early and tell your friends

Voting in our annual poll is open. Tell us what you like.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 17:04:00

Lance Armstrong is coming to Little Rock, possibly to hang out with Alex Rodriguez

Lance Armstrong is coming to ride in the Gran Fondo and maybe eat at POP on Main. Fox 16 thinks that Alex Rodriguez may be in town. If so, he's probably hanging out with Karl Malone and Steve Landers, talking about car dealerships. We expect they'll all end up at Midtown.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 13:08:00

UCA approves a tuition hike for 2014-15

The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees unanimously approved a 3.86 percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 school year for undergraduates. Graduate students will only feel a 3.71 percent ding. The increase is small relative to other jumps at Arkansas universities.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 12:30:00

Bird poop and a parrot: Club for Growth goes after Pryor with misleading ad

The Club for Growth released an ad this week going after Sen. Mark Pryor on (what else?) Obamacare. The ad tries to tie Pryor to President Barack Obama’s much-maligned “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” promise. The gimmick is a parrot: Obama is saying stuff, and Pryor is saying the same stuff! It's like he's parroting Obama! The thing is, Pryor didn't actually say what's implied in the ad.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 10:34:00

Eric Shinseki resigns as Veterans Affairs secretary; Arkansas angles are political and, for vets, personal

Eric Shinseki resigned today as Veterans Affairs secretary and President Obama accepted the resignation with "regret." Was there really any other alternative?

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 09:30:00

Notes from the road: Herman's Ribhouse review and the curious Internet filtering at Ark. Supreme Court

Killing time in Fayetteville this morning, I have a mini-review of the venerable Herman's Ribhouse and a report on some highly suspicious Internet filtering discovered yesterday at the office building that houses the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 08:52:00

Rasmussen poll gives Hutchinson 48-41 lead over Ross in governor's race

The Rasmussen polling this week shows Republican Asa Hutchinson with a 48-41 lead over Democrat Mike Ross in the race for governor. 4 percent preferred one of two other candidates in the race; 6 percent were undecided.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 08:01:00

Layoffs in Fort Smith as dark newspaper days continue

The third round of layoffs at Stephens Media's Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith cut deeper into the bone of news reporting and editing employees. The Little Rock-based chain has made other cuts in Arkansas and elsewhere as it copes with changing newspaper landscape.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 07:38:00

LR Central High has a big day at Boys State; Arkansas Blog, too

Little Rock Central High students denominated elections at Boys State this week. And a certain blogger apparently scored well in voting by delegates on favorite speakers, Jason Rapert or no Jason Rapert.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 07:23:00

Naked burglary suspect arrested near Pocahontas

Randolph County deputies arrested a naked burglar near Pocahontas. He said he needed to take a shower.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 07:17:00

Secret attack group back in GOP attorney general runoff

Another stealth-financed attack group is again working to help David Sterling win the runoff for the Republican attorney general nomination against Leslie Rutledge, who almost won the primary without a runoff.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 18:27:00

Eligibility verification not complete for nearly 5,000 private option beneficiaries; coverage will end May 31 until process is complete

A technical glitch led to almost 4,798 Arkansans gaining private option coverage prior to fully completing the eligibility verification process. The error was rooted in the way that the federal government submitted data from healthcare.gov to the state. These people have received letters from the Department of Human Services indicating that their private option coverage will end on May 31; in order to regain coverage, they must go back to healthcare.gov and complete the application process.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 15:05:00

The Community Policing Edition

The latest on the legal challenge to the state’s voter ID law, Little Rock’s selection of a new police chief, Asa Hutchinson's crime plan, Sen. Jason Rapert’s latest grandstanding and more covered on this week's podcast.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 14:24:00

A very early open line: Update

I have to drive to NWA. So I'm out of here. The rest of the gang will be on the lookout. I do know Gus's Fried Chicken is opening on Bowman Road in the old Buffalo Grill location; Henderson State is raising tuition 3.8 percent; the National Right to Work group is suing over dues for Pulaski School District bus drivers who don't want to be in the union (the school district says it will happily stop deductions)

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