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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 16:26:00

Open line and a Popeye's catchup

A Saturday open line and Popeye's catchup: The fast chicken chain won't be coming to a proposed location on West Markham for at least a year if then.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 11:05:00

Robert E. Lee's defenders promote secession on Harrison billboard

If you think the Lee Holiday debate is about honoring a fine gentleman, think again. It's what it's always been about — Lost Cause defenders, some of whom think the South should secede again.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 07:52:00

Digging into Little Rock school adviser, Boston Consulting Group

The arrival of the Boston Consulting Group, thanks to Walton Family Foundation backing, in the Little Rock School District encourages a look at the group's work in education elsewhere in the U.S. Privatization of schools often follows.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 17:24:00

The Money Wins Edition

The state takeover of the Little Rock School District, the independent pay commission’s recommendations for salaries for state elected officials, the private option (AsaCare’s) easy path to renewal and the failure in committee of a bill that would end inclusion of Robert E. Lee in the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:18:00

Thank goodness. A Friday open line and video

Here's today's news video and an open line.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:13:00

Walton Foundation sets meeting in Little Rock schools

The Walton Family Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation, with a consulting group known for recommending school privatization, are already arranging meetings in the former democratically governed Little Rock School District. They remain public schools — nominally — but information so far has been hard to come by about this new initiative.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 15:39:00

Losing GOP candidate gets $108,000 state job

Losing congressional candidate Ann Clemmer has landed a $108,000-a-year job in the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:59:00

Little Rock Zoo introduces new maned wolves

The Little Rock Zoo said today that two maned wolves born Dec. 21 are moving around and soon will be ready for visitor viewing.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:45:00

Adios Mitt. Is Huck next?

Mitt Romney's out of the presidential race after barely getting in. Might Mike Huckabee, drawing flak even from his side of the political spectrum, soon follow Romney back to private life?

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 09:56:00

Commission finalizing politician pay proposals

The politicians pay commission is backing a sharp increase for legislative pay in return for end of a home expense account. It also approved substantial pay raises for other elected officials and judges.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 06:52:00

Annals of regulation: Jeremy Hutchinson's anticompetitive booze bill

The legislature is away, but they still get paid. Also: More anticompetitive legislation in the booze business from small government Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 06:32:00

Arkansas Ethics: When an election ad is not an election ad

The formal analysis of an Ethics Commission decision exonerating $300,000 in unreported TV ad contributions to Leslie Rutledge's attorney general campaign does little to inspire confidence in the decision.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 06:09:00

State Police arrest two in Arkadelphia store slaying

Two arrests have been made a third suspect is being sought in the Sunday morning robbery and slaying of an Arkadelphia convenience store clerk.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 17:35:45

Thursday open line and Arkansas headlines: Plus judicial pay raises

Thursday's open line and video news roundup.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 17:32:00

OBU official recommended for Higher Education post

A search committee has recommended Brett Powell, vice president for administrative services at Ouachita Baptist University, to succeed Shane Broadway as director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 16:33:00

Behind the scenes peek: What state officials were thinking before Gov. Hutchinson's meeting with the feds on health care reform

Officials from the Department of Human Services provided notes on suggested areas of discussion to Gov. Asa Hutchinson prior to his meeting with the feds on the private option and the future of health care reform in Arkansas. Here's what DHS officials were thinking.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 15:32:00

Today's bill hopper: A rollback of retirement benefits

Pension benefits, annual legislative sessions and the education commissioner's credentials are topics of bill introduced today.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 14:25:00

Suggs: Change coming to district post takeover, but no details until after ADE meeting

Superintendent Dexter Suggs held a press conference today in the wake of yesterday's historic vote by the State Board of Education to take over the Little Rock School District and dissolve the local LRSD board. With the school board gone, Suggs is the man solely in charge of running the district, although he'll get his marching orders from the head of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), commissioner Tony Wood.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 14:07:00

AsaCare and tax cuts fly high at Arkansas legislature

The Senate easily passed today what devout Republican foes once called Obamacare and the outlook in the House is also rosy. Also today, the House approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's tax cut plan.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 13:58:00

When cops cross the line with prostitutes

Sam Eifling has a new article in The New Republic about cops engaging in sex with prostitutes to make arrests. It revisits Fort Smith, where questions have been raised before about vice cop acitivities.

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