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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 17:59:00

New congressional polls: Republicans with big leads except in 2nd District

New congressional polling shows Republicans with big leads in three congressional districts but a near tie in the 2nd Congressional district for an open seat.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 17:45:00

Booze UPDATE: Local option drives dropped in Faulkner and Craighead counties; Saline target met

A Walmart-funded campaign to put local option alcohol measures on three ballots is dropping its effort in Faulkner and Craighead counties, but hoping for a ballot spot in Saline County.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 15:43:00

The open line, today's video and the Koch Watch

The open line, video roundup and news of the annual Things Go Better With Koch legislative strategy session in Dallas.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 15:25:00

Organizers target McDonald's workers in Little Rock

A demonstration is planned Friday in Little Rock to press McDonald's to pay workers more and not stand in the way of unions even at franchised stores, which make up 90 percent of the fast food chain's outlets.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 15:16:00

No special election for Johnny Key's Senate seat

As expected, Gov. Mike Beebe will not call a special election to fill any of the time remaining on the term of Sen. Johnny Key, who's leaving office today to take a lobbying job with the University of Arkansas System.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 15:07:00

Polling the alcohol question — and the U.S. Senate race

New polling from the campaign to legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties shows support for the measure and, in an added question, a two-point lead for Mark Pryor in the race for U.S. Senate.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:36:00

Local option booze news

Today's the deadline for canvassers to turn in additional signatures to get local option alcohol sales measures on the ballot in Craighead and Saline Counties. A leader of a statewide alcohol option campaign also reports favorable poll numbers on the effort.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:45:00

Zach Hocker gets NFL initiation

Zach Hocker, the former Razorback kicking for a Washington NFL team, gets a haircut.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 06:47:00

Arkansas congressmen join suit against president

Arkansas Republicans fell in lockstep on a House vote to sue President Obama for not enforcing a health care act they hate. Commentators think it's doomed to fail.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 06:29:00

Q&A: Senator moves to state job. But is it an 'office'?

A reader asks about a constitutional prohibition against legislators taking state office during their legislative terms. A quick review suggests the UA's hiring of Johnny Key doesn't run afoul of this. That doesn't make it praiseworthy, however.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 06:06:00

Hypocrite of the week: John Correnti, state welfare king

John Correnti, leader of the Big River Steel project, says government should "stay out" of private sector projects. What a hypocrite. Without government handouts, he wouldn't have a steel company.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 17:09:00

New poll has Hutchinson up over Ross 46-41

A new Talk Business/Hendrix College poll today shows Republican Asa Hutchinson with a five-point lead over Democratic candidate Mike Ross 46-41. Green candidate Joshus Drake and Libertarian Frank Gilbert had 2.5 and 3 percent respectively. About 7 percent are undecided.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 16:33:00

Crawford one of only five to oppose VA aid bill

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, the Jonesboro Republican, was one of only five House pump members who voted against legislation to pump $17 billion into improving the Veterans Affairs Department. Democratic opponent Jackie McPherson blasted him for being out of touch.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 16:09:00

An open line: And, do little things matter in governor's race?

The open lines includes the day's video headline summary and a new, tough ad targeting GOP gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 15:25:00

Johnny Key leaving Senate; says votes lacking on broadband change

Thursday is the last day in the state Senate for Johnny Key, who's taking a job lobbying for the University of Arkansas.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 14:06:00

Appeals clock starts today on marriage equality case

The attorney general's office today finally lodged the record from the lower court of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling that the state ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and the briefing schedule has been set.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:39:00

Columbia County will vote on alcohol sales

The group promoting a local option election reports on its website and the Magnolia Reporter confirms with an official source that enough signatures have been gathered to have an election in November on alcohol sales in Columbia County.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:22:00

Former state cop pleads in stolen drug case

David Goins of Fox 16 reports that Sedrick Reed, a former State Police lieutenant, has entered a guilty plea to a federal charge that he stole drugs from a police evidence room for resale at a $200,000 profit.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:01:00

500 to lose jobs at Superior wheel plant in Rogers

Arkansas Business reports on the closure of Superior Industries automotive wheel factory in Rogers that will put 500 people out of work. The company still has a plant in Fayetteville, but recently opened a new facility to add to existing plants in Mexico.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:41:00

University neighborhoods fighting 24-hour gas station, hotel

The staff of the Little Rock Planning Commission called proposals to build a 24-hour gas station and four-story residential hotel at 12th Street and University Avenue "inappropriate," citing the University Park neighborhood immediately adjacent and the nearby Broadmoor neighborhood, among other reasons. The Planning Commission decided the staff didn't know what it was talking about and voted 9-1 to approve the projects.

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