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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 17:18:00

Arkansas's shame, worst landlord-tenant law in the U.S.

Vice has a new video with news reporting on the medieval landlord-tenant law in Arkansas. It should be required viewing for legislators who are a century overdue in decriminalizing nonpayment of rent and requiring some minimum habitability of rental dwellings.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 16:46:00

MAPCO tries to gussy up convenience store; fails

MAPCO is lobbying the Little Rock City Board hard to get approval for a gas station and convenience store at Third and Arch, with City Director Joan Adcock carrying their case to county officials who oppose the idea. Lipstick on a pig, Prosecutor Larry Jegley says.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 16:33:00

Today in Arkansas: pagans lose out in Beebe

[embed-1] Today, Max explains why the plan to shore up public school employee insurance is only a short term fix (we recorded before the governor officially called the special session).

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 16:01:00

Construction underway for outlet mall in Otter Creek

New England Development of Newton, Mass., announced in a release today that CDI Contractors of Little Rock would be the construction manager for the Outlets at Little Rock, an outlet mall planned for the Gateway Town Center at I-30 and I-430 in Otter Creek. It's projected to open in the summer of 2015.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 14:44:00

Beebe calls special session; insurance hangup disappears

Gov. Mike Beebe announces the call of a special session to deal with school health insurance and prison funding. It will begin Monday. He's satisfied the legislation won't unconstitutionally impair school funding. I'm not so sure all school people agree with him.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 14:26:00

Arkansas Republican says Hillary would 'probably get shot' in Arkansas. Democrats want him gone.

Arkansas Republican official says of HIllary Clinton's popularity in Arkansas: 'She'd probably get shot at the state line.' We remember him for a famous bogus degree he once claimed as a campaigner for Tim Griffin. Republicans are backing and filling but none has yet manned up and said this guy is a jerk and shouldn't hold party office.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 13:20:00

Plaintiffs ask judge to lift stay of ruling invalidating Voter ID law

Plaintiffs in the challenge of the 2013 Voter ID law have asked Circuit Judge Tim Fox to lift his stay of his ruling that struck down the law as unconstitutional. The case is on appeal and plaintiffs — represented by the ACLU and the Arkansas Public Law Center — want it not to be put in effect because of the potential for preventing voting in fall general election.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 12:32:00

Rights group wants federal recognition for same-sex couples married in Arkansas

The Human Rights Campaign, led by Arkansas native Chad Griffin, has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to to ensure federal recognition of couples married in Arkansas during the week after Judge Chris Piazza's marriage equality ruling and before the state Supreme Court stayed the order while the case was on appeal.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 11:42:00

Wrinkle on insurance bills slows call for special session

It would appear there's now some indication that there is no free lunch on the bill to reduce an expected increase in school employee health insurance. A wrinkle has slowed the call for a special session.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 11:03:00

UPDATE: Prison releases details on murderer's escape

Prison officials say escaped killer Timothy Buffington broke into a locked safe room in a house on prison grounds to take a shotgun as he escaped from the Pine Bluff unit on Saturday. He remains at large.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 10:30:00

ACLU says police use of military equipment heavily targets people of color

The ACLU has issued a new report finding that police use of military weapons and tactics have been disproportionately deployed against people of color. Little Rock is one of 20 cities highlighted in the report and police weaponry in Paragould also drew attention from the ACLU.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 09:42:00

Cotton v. Pryor: Will voters understand the choice?

Ernie Dumas writes that Tom Cotton has a small-government, libertarian voting record second to none. Can he convince Arkansas voters who depend and enjoy many of the programs he wants to cut that it is in their best interest to do without?

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 09:14:00

A historic site, but same old faces, for next week's special session.

The Old State House will have to be used for state House of Representative meetings next week because of a construction job in the regular chamber. Too bad the personnel won't change, too.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 08:41:00

Democrats rally women; Marion Berry helping Jackie McPherson in 1st District

The Democratic Party will roundup big names from the past and 2014 candidates at a dinner Saturday at Cajun's Wharf focusing on women and issues important to them. It's being called the Jimmie Lou Fisher-Lottie Shackelford Dinner, after the former state official Fisher and Shackelford, a longtime party leader.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 08:29:00

Pagan church rebuffed in Beebe

A pagan church lost its bid before the Beebe City Council last night to get approval for a church in a residential neighborhood.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 08:20:00

Little Rock economic conditions improving says Federal Reserve

The quarterly Burgundy Book of the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis indicates modestly positive views on the economy in Little Rock. Two-thirds believe 2014 will be better than 2013. The unemployment rate was done; payroll growth was up.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 06:33:00

Technical difficulties

Technical difficulties this morning. Sorry.

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