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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 18:50:00

The unblinking camera catches a package pickup

A home security camera in northern Pulaski County catches a young man picking up a package that had been left at the home by UPS. The sheriff's office suspects something is amiss.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 16:42:00

Exxon fights release of documents on unbuilt pipeline that would have paralleled Pegasus route

Plaintiffs for Mayflower landowners say that shows the company knew in advance that the existing Pegasus — which ruptured in 2013 — was nearing the end of its lifespan. Exxon attorneys, however, insist that the proposed Texas Access Pipeline was never intended to replace the older pipeline.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 15:39:31

The New Year's Eve open line; and a note on the passing of another of member of the Women's Emergency Committee

The New Year's Eve open line. And a warm word for another earthly departure for a member of the storied Women's Emergency Committee Jeanne Gallman Akins.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 13:28:00

Hutchinson names Rural Services director; to keep current Oil and Gas and Parole leaders

Asa Hutchinson, the governor elect, announced that Amy Fecher would be director of the agency, succeeding John Andrews. Currently working for the Heart Association, she was deputy director of the agency under Mike HUckabee's administration.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 12:59:00

Beebe's midnight appointments include ANOTHER one for Cliff Hoofman

As I predicted here earlier, Gov. Mike Beebe's midnight appointments as lame-duck governor includes a third appointment of Cliff Hoofman to a two-year stint filling a vacated appellate court seat.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 11:46:00

New surgeon general brings political experience to table

Arkansas's new surgeon general once fought a valiant but losing fight at the legislature to reinstate mandatory helmets for motorcycle riders. It's unknown if that will be part of the focus of his work in the future. The private option is of more pressing concern.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 09:55:00

KKK in Arkansas headlines; including new Harrison billboard

One Klansman from Boone County is heading to prison and another Klansman has leased a billboard to send people to kkkradio.com. Harrison's racial turmoil is not over.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 09:22:00

Same-sex marriage: The new normal in 2014, even in parts of Arkansas

The new normal: A country club reception in Little Rock for a newlywed men. Someday, it might even be legal here.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 07:14:00

Chuck Hagel's holiday message includes gay sailor's proposal

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's video holiday message includes an image of a male sailor's marriage proposal to another male sailor. It's believed the first depiction of a gay military couple in such messages.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 07:05:00

Little Rock House race cost more than $500,000, including more last-minute Michael Morton money

A House race in Little Rock, won by a Democrat Clarke Tucker, outspent by Republican Stacy Hurst, cost far more than four of the races for statewide office.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 06:35:00

Here come the tax cuts; when will Hutchinson declare on private option?

Some $100 million in tax cuts take effect Thursday and the incoming governor wants to double those cuts in the early days of the 2015 legislative session. What about the private option? The question looms larger.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 06:22:00

Patronage patrol: Why not a job for Bruce Holland?

As Republicans rush to fill state patronage positions, the name of former Sen. Bruce Holland emerges as a candidate for a couple of potential offices.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 15:40:07

The Tuesday open line; video report returns

The open line and video news roundup.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 15:26:00

Hutchinson names senator's son as Arkansas surgeon general

Dr. Greg Bledsoe, son of Republican Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, will become Arkansas surgeon general, incoming Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 15:14:00

SWEPCO drops power line project across Ozarks

Southwestern Electric Power Company announced in a news release today that it is dropping plans for a $116 million power line across Northwest Arkansas because the project is no longer needed. It would have covered 60 miles between Benton and Carroll Counties.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 14:33:00

State Police: Houston fugitive shoots self after traffic stop

The State Police said today that a 44-year-old man wanted by Houston police died at a Hope hospital today from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a traffic stop.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 13:56:00

What Kansas can teach us about tax cuts

A three-judge Kansas court has now ruled that Kansas funding of public schools falls short of long-established constitutional standards.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 12:56:00

Report: Texas governor considering Obamacare expansion

Texas, the biggest holdout, may be moving toward an Arkansas-style adoption of the Obamacare-financed Medicaid expansion. But ... will Arkansas continue to participate?

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 12:24:00

Arkansan on Politico list of top campaign givers talks of pushback against left

Politco's Kenneth Vogel reports on the 100 biggest poitical campaign givers in 2014 and includes some of the most extensive remarks I've seen yet about the prolific giving by poultry tycoon Ron Cameron of Little Rock, who gave $4.2 million, 13th on the list

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 11:50:00

Rally set for Reproductive Justice

The Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice has scheduled its fifth rally for reproductive justice at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Arkansas State Capitol. It serves as a useful counterpoint to the annual anti-abortion rally held the next day at the Capitol.

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