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Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 17:35:55

Friday's open line

Stick a fork in us and pass the Reese's peanut butter cup miniatures. It's the Halloween open line.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:59:00

The Scary Pre-Election Edition

The drama and silliness of the final days leading up the midterm election, Jackson T. Stephens' plans to support a judicial recall measure and the Metropolitan Housing Alliance of Little Rock and its embattled director Rodney Forte — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:43:00

Split Supreme Court opens door to vote on Saline County alcohol

The Arkansas Supreme Court, split 4-3, has reversed a lower court and ordered him to reconsider signatures he disallowed in blocking the counting of votes on a local option alcohol vote in Saline County.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:59:00

Gunman shot at Leslie bakery dies of wounds

The State Police announces the death of a man wounded by officer fire at a Leslie bakery Oct. 17. T

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:10:00

Private option version of Obamacare saving millions for Arkansas hospitals

The Arkansas Hospital Association reports a sharp drop in uncompensated care thanks to the private option Medicaid expansion, a drop that meant $69 million in savings from what could have been uncompensated care for people without insurance.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 14:43:00

Suhl's business suspended by Alaska Medicaid as well

The Alaska Medicaid program has suspended Trinity Behavioral Health in Warm Springs from its Medicaid program, Deputy Director Stacy B. Toner tells the Times. Toner said the agency was "required under our regulations to take this action based on the State of Arkansas suspending the agency from their Medicaid program."

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 13:58:00

SpaceShipTwo in accident on test flight

Virgin Galactic's space travel vehicle is down in the Mojave desert and the fate of two pilots is unknown.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 13:41:00

Jackson T. Stephens Jr. says judicial recall is on his agenda

Steve Stephens says he's thinking of putting his inherited wealth to work to allow judicial recall under Arkansas law. That's how mad he is about losing his case to take the minimum wage increase off the ballot.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 13:14:00

State Election board admonishes Jefferson County clerk

Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson has accepted a letter of warning from the state Board of Election Commissioners to settle a complaint that she violated numerous election laws during the 2014 primary/judicial elections.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:54:00

Grassroots group drops mailer against Issue 1, the legislative power grab

The Arkansas Citizens First Congress, a grassroots coalition, has joined the battle against Issue 1, an unalloyed power grab by the legislature.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:19:00

If anybody sees French Hill ....

It's about time for French Hill to make up his mind on the minimum wage increase.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:41:00

Mike Ross, Democrats blast Chris Christie on Arkansas visit

Democrats blast New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and his hosts, for his campaign swing into Arkansas for Asa Hutchinson and Tom Cotton.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:31:00

Profile in courage: No, it's NOT Tom Cotton

Seth Moulton, Massachusetts congressional candidate, offers a sharp contrast to Arkansas's Tom Cotton, who runs from decency on a recent political controversy. Moulton, faced with the same issue, did not shirk.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 09:28:00

The Democrat-Gazette still fond of white supremacists, in spite of themselves

The descent into self-parody in the Democrat-Gazette’s endorsement last weekend of Tom Cotton was as inevitable as the endorsement itself. Arkansans should vote for Cotton or vote for Sen. Mark Pryor as they see fit. But all of us should be embarrassed of our daily paper’s Confederate nostalgia gussied up as True Grit.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 09:16:00

Dangling election issue: The Saline County vote on alcohol sales

I'll be watching the Arkansas Supreme Court building for a sign today of a decision in the appeal of a lower court's disqualification of a local option vote on alcohol sales in Saline County.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 07:19:00

The race for Senate in Conway fills the letters page and mailboxes

The letters page of the Conway newspaper is filled with strong writing about the hot Senate race between Tyler Pearson and Jason Rapert, particularly testimonials to Pearson and Obamacare.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:58:00

Arkansas Poll director talks about big gap in Senate results

The new Arkansas Poll released yesterday showed wide gaps up and down the ballot for Republican candidates, wider than anything polled anywhere else. That raised questions, particularly among those on the losing end, about methodology. The poll director explains and defends.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:39:00

Voter ID laws work …. to suppress votes

The Texas voter ID law is costing citizens their right to vote, just as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg predicted. Shameful stories emerge from early voting in Texas.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:27:00

Delta Caucus criticizes Tom Cotton for skipping meeting

Tom Cotton, the Senate candidate, snubbed repeated efforts by the Delta Caucus to get him to attend a conference in Helena this week. He was the only one of nine political leaders who declined to participate.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 19:10:00

"Dear Voter, You're being studied for scientific research during the upcoming general election!" Sincerely, AFP.

This is the first line in the latest mailer popping up locally from Americans for Prosperity, the conservative political nonprofit founded by the Koch brothers. Not at all weird.

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