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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 19:40:00

AG candidate Leslie Rutledge's voter registration cancelled by Pulaski Co. clerk

Leslie Rutledge has been kicked off the voter rolls in Arkansas due to the fact that she is concurrently registered out of state. Does that mistake make her ineligible to run for statewide office?

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 18:32:00

Open Line: today's news roundup video

Today's video roundup on Beverly Carter, Jason Rapert, Leah Williams, Americans for Prosperity, and the "Muslim free" firing range in Hot Springs.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 18:26:00

Questions raised about legality of ad coordinated between attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge and Super PAC

Southern Progress, an organization aimed at bolstering Democrats in the South, yesterday highlighted what appear to be legal problems with an advertisement from the Republican Attorney Generals Association for Leslie Rutledge, the state's Republican nominee for AG.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 17:06:00

CDC confirms first Ebola case in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first suspected Ebola case in the U.S., in Dallas, NPR reports.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 15:57:00

Mark Pryor highlights Cotton votes against Paycheck Fairness and Violence Against Women Acts

Sen. Mark Pryor today began what the campaign is dubbing a "Women for Pryor" statewide tour. Pryor is highlighting Cotton's votes against paycheck fairness legislation and the Violence Against Women Act (all together now: the only member of the Arkansas congressional delegation to do so). Pryor was joined by his mother, the former first lady of Arkansas Barbara Pryor, at this morning's event at the Fresco Cafe in Fayetteville. Events will be held across the state to mobilize women in support of Pryor to vote.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:54:00

Jeb Bush in town campaigning for Asa Hutchinson

Former Florida governor and First Brother Jeb Bush was in Sherwood this morning to stump for Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson. The two toured LISA Academy, a Sherwood charter school.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:52:00

Cell phone, other electronics key to solving Carter case

Information on Beverly Carter's phone and other electronic data provided the clues to track down the suspect in her murder, Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Capt. Simon Haynes said at a press conference today. KARK Channel 4 provided livestream coverage of the press conference, held at the Pulaski County Jail.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:38:00

Tom Cotton agrees to AETN debate, criticizes Mark Pryor for declining KARK debate (UPDATED with Pryor response)

Here's the headline from the latest e-mail blast from the Cotton campaign: "Pryor said he won't accept KARK's debate unless Cotton agrees to AETN. So what's his excuse now?" You could see this one coming. Last night, the Pryor campaign declined the proposed debate from KARK, which would have featured Chuck Todd of NBC's Meet the Press. Now Cotton has finally accepted the AETN debate.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:43:00

Sen. Jason Rapert reacts to Beverly Carter's death with proposal to abolish parole in Arkansas

Sen. Jason Rapert reacted to the death of Beverly Carter with a proposal on social media to abolish parole in Arkansas. Seeking to do everything in our power to construct public policy that curtails crime and protects citizens is of course vitally important. Indeed, keeping folks safe is a foundation mission of having a government — of having a society — in the first place. Awful tragedies happen, in Arkansas, and the rest of the nation. Events like these rightly shake us. They rightly force us to examine our policy choices. But to conclude that the panacea is locking up more people, and locking them up for longer periods of time, strains credulity. Thoughts on criminal justice and incarceration in the wake of a tragedy, and a conversation with Rapert.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:04:00

Democratic state rep candidate Leah Williams gets endorsement from GOP Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt

A little bipartisanship: Democrat Leah Williams, a member of the Bentonville City Council running for state rep in District 93 in northwest Arkansas, has received an endorsement from former Republican Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt, who represented northwest Arkansas in the U.S. Congress from 1967 to 1993. Williams is running against far-right Tea Partier Rep. Jim Dotson.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 09:39:00

Arron Lewis: targeted Carter because 'she was a rich broker.'

KLRT has video of Sheriff's Office investigators walking Arron Lewis out of the PCSO investigations division this morning just before 6 a.m.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 08:05:00

Americans for Prosperity sends out hundreds of thousands of mailers with fake voter registration information in North Carolina

North Carolina's ABC affiliate reports on hundreds of thousands of mailers with false information about voter registration sent by Americans for Prosperity, the right-wing advocacy group backed by the Koch brothers. The official-looking mailers gave the wrong deadline for voter registration and told people to sign up with the wrong state agency. The mailers also gave the wrong office for questions regarding voter registration, the wrong zip code for turning in a voter registration form, and inaccurate information about how people would be notified of their precinct.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 04:50:00

Beverly Carter's body found in shallow grave on Highway 5 in northern Pulaski County — UPDATED

The Pulaski sheriff's office reported early this morning that the body of Beverly Carter, the real estate agent apparently abducted while showing a home near Scott Thursday evening, had been found in a shallow grave near Cabot. The charges against Arron Lewis, her suspected abductor, have been upgraded to capital murder.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 19:24:00

Pryor campaign declines KARK-4 debate

The Pryor campaign today informed KARK-4 that Sen. Mark Pryor would not participate in a proposed debate with Rep. Tom Cotton hosted by the station.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 17:34:00

Hot Springs firing range declared a "Muslim free zone" by its owner

The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 17:30:00

Manic Monday open line

Our video roundup covers today's news.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 17:20:00

The debate over Pryor-Cotton debates

The tedious debate over debates continues, with the Cotton campaign slamming Mark Pryor for not agreeing to the KARK debate and the Pryor campaign slamming Tom Cotton for not agreeing to the AETN debate.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 17:01:00

World Trade Center Arkansas receives grant from Economic Development Administration, which Tom Cotton voted to abolish

Sen. Mark Pryor, along with Republicans Sen. John Boozman, Rep. Steve Womack and Rep. Tim Griffin, were on hand today in Rogers to announce a $600,000 federal grant for the World Trade Center Arkansas, an affiliate of the University of Arkansas. The federal money will be used "to expand its outreach services to diversify and strengthen the state’s economy," according to the university. The funds were available via the Economic Development Administration, which Tom Cotton voted to abolish.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 15:33:00

Monkey business from Americans for Prosperity

Stay classy, Americans for Prosperity.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 14:39:00

Listen to the 911 call that led to an arrest in the disappearance of Beverly Carter — UPDATED

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office has released audio from the 911 call this morning that led to the arrest of Arron M. Lewis, 33, on a bench warrant for kidnapping related to the disappearance of North Little Rock Realtor Beverly Carter.

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