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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 15:43:00

The line is open; with today's video and also: Child abuse and more crazy Rapert

Here's the open line for Tuesday, plus our video roundup.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 15:27:00

Arkansas House Republicans don't like marriage ruling, vow to protect legal discrimination

The Arkansas House Republican Caucus doesn't like the marriage equality ruling and they are going to do all they can to guarantee the ability of people to discriminate against gay people in the name of religion. A follower of Jesus can do no less, right?

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 14:11:00

UPDATE: Southwest to resume flights between Little Rock and St. Louis in January

Clinton National Airport announces that Southwest Airlines will resume flights between Little Rock and St. Louis next year — two a day beginning Jan. 6.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 13:12:00

Neo-Confederates stage flag rallies across Arkansas

Neo-Confederates in Arkansas are busy doing a public service — mounting public displays of Confederate flag-waving so as to readily identify extremists among us.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 12:43:00

Oklahoma court orders removal of 10 Commandments monument: Satanists eye Arkansas

The Oklahoma Supreme Court — emphasis, Oklahoma, even — has ordered removal of a 10 Commandments monument, from the Capitol in Oklahoma City.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 10:22:00

Two found dead in car in Saline River

Saline County deputies found the bodies of two males — aged 8 and 35 — in a car submerged in the Saline River at Westlake Drive and Sanderford Road near Lake Norrell.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 07:21:00

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette weighs in on same-sex marriage

Since I mentioned the silence yesterday, note that the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page got around to mentioning the U.S. Supreme Court marriage ruling this morning. Disapproving in many respects, it seemed to me. It included a reference to Nazi Germany and encouraged those unhappy with the ruling on religious grounds, closing, "Onward, Christian soldiers!"

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 07:04:00

UPDATE: Marriage equality and other shifts in public opinion

The New York Times Upshot writes today of how the legalization of same-sex marriage indicates a familiar public opinion trend — civil rights expand and discrimination contracts as a rule. Now if only we could get the Arkansas legislature to vote more in line with prevailing public opinion.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 06:44:00

U.S. Supreme Court renews review of affirmative action in higher education

The New York Times reviews here yesterday's announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court that it will again review the effort by the University of Texas to make some use of race in university admission decisions. Does this signal the coming end of affirmative action?

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 17:16:00

Q&A: John DiPippa talks Friday's same-sex marriage ruling and nondiscrimination

After Friday's monumental U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case, we turned once again for guidance on constitutional questions to John DiPippa, dean emeritus and distinguished professor of law and public policy at William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock.

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 16:40:00

Open line, news roundup and more Supreme Court news, on abortion

Here's the open line, plus news on the U.S. Supreme Court and a Texas abortion clinic case.

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 14:43:00

Hutchinson says clerks have no discretion on issuing marriage licenses; one resigns rather than issue

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, in simply upholding the rule of law, again manages to look moderate by comparison with many others in his Republican Party today. He said flatly that county clerks have no discretion in Arkansas. They must fulfill the ministerial duty of issuing marriage licenses, a procedure that, with no software, won't even require their signature.

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 14:24:00

University of Arkansas again rolls out insurance coverage for same-sex partners

It ought to take this time. The University of Arkansas distributed a memo today advising employees that same-sex spouses may enroll in health, dental and vision insurance plans.

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 13:51:00

Attorney general challenges another environmental protection rule

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge continues to stick with her campaign promise to oppose federal regulations, no matter what benefits they might offer for cleaner air or water.

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 13:24:00

Justice Rhonda Wood seems perturbed about something

Something apparently is upsetting Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood. Might it be comments here about her role in the delay in deciding the marriage equality case? If so, there's a simple way to clear the record.

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 13:07:00

The Ghost of Faubus: Alabama Supreme Court prevents marriage license issuance

The Alabama Supreme Court has apparently attempted to stop probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Alabma for 25 days, a period when a request for a rehearing of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday is still possible.

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 10:03:00

Supreme Court blocks Obama's mercury initiative

The U.S. Supreme Court today blocked the Obama administration's plan to limit pollution by coal-fired power plants. Some 20 states and many industrial groups that said the Environmental Protection Agency had failed to consider the costs such regulations would impose.

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 09:57:00

Kennedy joins liberals again on congressional redistricting

The U.S. Supreme Court decided 5-4 today to uphold Arizona's use of an independent commission to draw congressional district lines.

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 09:48:00

Supreme Court approves drug for lethal injections

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 in favor of use of a drug in lethal injections challenged as cruel and unusual punishment in its effect.

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 08:49:00

UPDATE: Plea change scheduled in Gurdon kidnapping case

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge has announced a scheduled plea change today by Kevin Bolton, indicted in February 2014, for the abduction of 20-year-old Cassie Carter of Gurdon, mother of a newborn, who was found dead in the trunk of a car in North Carolina in March 2013.

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