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Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 21:33:00

Sen. Jon Woods: Again with last-minute ethics dirty work

Sen Jon Woods is back with more ideas on ethics laws. Again, as in 2013, best take a close look.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 17:27:00

Acxiom asks Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto HB 1228

Little Rock-based Acxiom, the $1.15 billion data marketing company, has asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto a so-called "religious freedom" bill.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 17:17:00

Arkansas minimum wage worker fired for talking to the press

Well, this is just awful. Shanna Tippen, a minimum wage worker at a Pine Bluff hotel, was fired because she spoke to the Washington Post and told the paper that the state's coming minimum wage hike would help her.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 17:09:00

The Mayflower effect: Tougher rules in the pipeline?

Exxon-Mobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower exactly two years ago yesterday, March 29. Homes were lost, ground was tainted and there are still issues to be resolved in court. Could there be a silver lining? An article in Inside Climate News reports that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is "floating what could become a new regulation to address problematic vintage pipe and other obvious risks that were factors in the rupture" of the 70-year-old section of the Pegasus pipeline.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 17:05:54

UPDATE: Ed committee rejects bills on charter facilities and civics testing; bill to end PARCC heads to final House vote

The House Education committee failed a bill by Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) that would have created a "right of access" for charter schools to lease unused or underutilized facilities from a public school district. The committee also rejected a second try by Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Bigelow) to require high school students to pass the United States citizenship test as a prerequisite to graduation, which I wrote about last week.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 16:50:00

House passes bill to protect right to record public events

The House today passed a bill to prohibit law enforcement officers from violating the rights of citizens to photograph or record public events.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 16:13:00

The protest doesn't stop open line and video

Here's an early open line.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 15:52:00

What makes Arkansas's 'religious freedom' bill different from other states?

The federal government and many states afford heightened protection of religious freedoms (12 through court rulings and 20 through state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts). So what's the big deal with Indiana and Arkansas following suit?

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 15:28:00

Pulaski County Detention Center officer arrested, allegedly brought in prohibited items

An officer with the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center was arrested on Saturday for, investigators say, bringing prohibited items into the jail.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 15:21:00

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on GIF giveaways

Gov. Asa Hutchinson comments on the inclusions of pork GIF spending in the budget after his promises to end the practice.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 15:08:00

They may take our lives, but they will never take our Cabernet

The dumbest bill of 2015 dies on the vine.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 13:48:00

Protests against HB1228 continue at the Capitol

Images from photographer Brian Chilson from the 12:30 protest led by the Human Rights Campaign Arkansas at the Capitol. Rep. Bob Ballinger's HB1228 advanced out of committee today as amended and will head to the full House.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 13:40:00

Spotlight on Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Governing magazine is sweet on Asa Hutchinson.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:00:00

HB 1228 advances to full House; Ballinger declines to add non-discrimination amendment

After a House committee advanced an amended version of a so-called "religious freedom" bill, protesters gathered in the halls of the state Capitol chanted, "Shame on you!" to passing legislators. Rep. Bob Ballinger, the sponsor of HB 1228, said discrimination was not the intent of his bill, but he declined to add a non-discrimination amendment to it.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:03:00

Line up at the trough: budget includes $40 million in GIF pork

Remember when Gov. Asa Hutchinson promised an end to legislative pork barrel spending, the time-honored tradition of splitting up surplus money for legislators' pet projects in their districts via the General Improvement Fund act? Never mind!

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:10:00

Jermain Taylor trial date scheduled for Sept. 15

Professional boxer Jermain Taylor pleaded not guilty to five counts of aggravated assault and single counts of terroristic threatening and possession of a controlled substance today in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 07:39:00

Good morning, governor

Pictures from the protests at the governor's mansion at 6:00 this morning, a group led by Rev. Marie Mainard O'Connell.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 07:17:00

Some questions for Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Some questions for Asa Hutchinson as the legislature nears passage of a bill that demonstrates again that we are a state that believes and practices discrimination.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 06:30:00

Former workers at Justin Harris' preschool say they were told to sign in adopted girls despite absence

Several former workers from Growing Gods' Kingdom have told the Times that two of the Harris girls were signed in to the preschool on a daily basis but were not in attendance. This raises the question of whether the preschool improperly claimed public funds for the girls.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 23:56:00

Protests of HB 1228 planned for March 30

There are all sorts of opportunities to protest HB 1228 on Monday.

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