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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 16:55:00

The wintry open line

Got anything? I see snow in Central Arkansas forecast for next Wednesday evening. Why not?

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 10:57:00

State opposes lifting of stay in same-sex marriage case

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed the state's response Friday to a request from plaintiffs that the Arkansas Supreme Court lift the stay of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling in the same-sex marriage case.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 06:49:00

Little Rock City Board plans to alter public comment rule

The eternal debate on when and who may speak on what topics at Little Rock City Board meetings has sparked a proposed ordinance to tinker with the rules.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 17:53:00

The Beyond Despair Edition

The latest from the legislature, including Rep. Bob Ballinger’s gay discrimination bill stalling in committee, bills to repeal the state’s death penalty and rollback consolidation rules advancing and legislation aimed at curbing outside influence in judicial campaigns.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 16:44:00

Baptist Health North Little Rock to pay $2.7 million for improper Medicare claims

Baptist Health Medical Center North Little Rock, Baptist Health, Medicare, Department of Health and Human Services.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 16:30:00

Thank goodness. Friday.

Here's the week-ending open line and news roundup.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 15:10:52

Attorney general okays release of former treasurer employee's records

A formal opinion from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today says that most of former state treasurer employee Saw Swayze's records should be released as the office custodian of records intended to do.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 15:08:00

ASU plans hotel and conference center on campus

Arkansas State University said today it is negotiating with a private company to build a hotel and conference center on campus, a $35 to $45 million investment that would produce ground lease payments to ASU.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 15:03:00

Maumelle police report on three deaths mentions financial tension, but finds no 'singular motive'

The Maumelle police today released their case file on the deaths last week of James, Tatiana and Elizabeth Wilbanks in what has been ruled a double murder/suicide by James Wilbanks, a UALR business faculty member. It offered no explanation for the shootings, but did turn up one source of family friction.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 13:39:00

Little Rock VA office faulted for handling of claim files

The inspector general of the Veterans Affairs Department has completed an audit of the Little Rock Regional VA office that says date adjustments on claims made it appear the office was making more progress than it actually had in reducing a backlog of disability claims.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12:59:00

Some plaintiffs set in suit over Pegasus pipeline break

Plaintiffs in Faulkner County lawsuits that are among many filed over the 2013 ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline break that gushed heavy crude in Mayflower are making progress toward an October trial of several consolidated cases.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12:37:00

Committee named to work on Little Rock school finances

Interim Little Rock School Superintendent Dexter Suggs and Baker Kurrus, the former Little Rock School Board member named by Education Commissioner Tony Wood to work on district finances announced today a committee to assist in the work.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 11:43:00

House approves cell phone locator bill over constitutional objection

The Arkansas House today approved Rep. Rebecca Petty's bill to require telephone companies to provide location information for wireless phones in response to a "call for emergency services or in an emergency situation that involves the risk of death or serious physical harm." The vote was 70-8.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:49:00

House committee takes aim at U.S. Constitution

The House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs, packed with conservative Republicans, approved measures today aimed at the federal government.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:09:00

Another mass shooting: Nine reported dead in Missouri

CNN reports that nine people have been found dead at multiple sites in Missouri, eight of them including the suspect killed by gunshot wounds.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 08:42:00

Freebie Friday a little slow for legislature

Only a single backroom lunch is on the legislative freebie schedule today. Dang. A lawmaker pay for his own drinks?

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 07:16:00

An idea for Library Director Bobby Roberts' retirement in 2016

Bobby Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System, has announced his retirement next year and we have an idea to keep the dynamic 70-year-old occupied.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 06:53:00

Hutchinson era good for GOP chair's family

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has now appointed the wife and sister-in-law of the state Republican Party chair to top jobs, the same week the party chair has been criticizing Hillary Clinton for conflicts of interest.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 16:17:00

Open (firing) line: Legislator proposes return to firing squad. Also more in NLR coach dispute

Here's the open line, video roundup and an additional legislative item: Also: A legislator is talking about reinstituting firing squads for executions.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 13:19:00

Governor names new head of Assessment Coordination Department

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named Benton County Assessor Bear Chaney as director of the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department. It's the agency that makes sure property assessment procedures for purposes of assessing the property tax meet statutory and constitutional muster.

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