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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 06:58:08

Mike Huckabee reports lucrative media business in personal filing

Mike Huckabee's personal financial disclosure reports more than $4 million in income in 12 months from public speaking and media ventures and millions in accumulated assets.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 14:16:00

The Kicking the Can Down the Road Edition

Common Core, the controversy surrounding the death of the infant son of a Hot Springs’ juvenile judge, Mike Huckabee further descending into lunacy and more — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 14:14:00

Let's call it a week: Also International Man of Mystery Tom Cotton and Dems blast Medicaid policy

An open line and the day's video news roundup. Also, Tom Cotton ridiculed and Republicans blasted for quick cancellation of Medicaid recipients.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:37:00

Huckabee wouldn't rule out use of troops to stop abortion

Mike Huckabee said Thursday night that he wouldn't rule out use of troops or FBI to stop abortions, no matter that the U.S. Supreme Court protects abortion rights.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:09:00

Robbery suspect reportedly shoots himself after encounter with officers in England

Lamar Moore, 26, being sought as a suspect in Little Rock robberies in which he impersonated a police officer to gain entry to homes, shot himself after officers tried to arrest him in England Thursday evening, the State Police said.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:00:00

Sources: Arkansas Children's Hospital to open hospital in NW Arkansas

Arkansas Children's Hospital is in the process of opening a Northwest Arkansas hospital, several sources, including doctors, tell the Arkansas Times. I've left a message with hospital spokesman Dan McFadden for confirmation and details.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:20:00

Huckabee financial report due today; poultry man adds $3 million to Huck cause

Mike Huckabee announced for president May 5 and, under federal rules, was required to file a personal financial disclosure statement within 30 days. He's twice asked for and been given an extension, the most recent giving July 31 as the deadline. So far, no report is on file. But a Huckabee Super PAC reported $3.5 million in contributions, most from a Little Rock poultry tycoon.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:04:00

Hillary Clinton talks to Urban League about 'systemic inequities'

Hillary Clinton took a message about racial and economic justice to the Urban League today and it included a jab at Jeb Bush.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 08:47:00

Attorney general welcomes same-sex marriage backer as top legal adviser

Praise for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for hiring as her chief appellate lawyer a man who joined other Republicans on a legal brief arguing for a right to same-sex marriage.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 07:02:00

The Koch Bros. charm offensive: Know them by their works

The New York Times reports on a public relations campaign by the former secretive Koch Brothers to brush up their image as they prepare to sink as much as a billion into electing their kind of politicians in 2016. The record in Arkansas tells you all you need to know. Lipstick on pigs.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 06:48:00

Circus continues at state treasurer's office

The Dennis Milligan clown car rolls on, the latest arising from a prank police call and a response in Saline County. Voters have no one to blame but themselves.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 16:33:00

Attorney fee request indicates a difference of opinion on plaintiffs' side

The Wagoner Law Firm Thursday filed its renewed claim for $95,000 in attorney fees — and for an enhancement of the amount — for representing plaintiffs in the successful circuit court challenge of the state ban on same-sex marriage. The filing by Jack Wagoner indicates it was filed apart from any claim by Cheryl Maples, another lawyer for plaintiffs and the lawyer who originally filed the case, because of a difference in viewpoint on work done and money owed.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 15:32:00

Governor announces shakeup at Developmental Disabilities Council

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today changes in oversight of the Developmental Disabilities Council on account of a federal finding of a history of poor performance.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 15:00:00

The open line, news video and news: Rape at Hendrix; 'Dixie' out, Wabash Cannonball in; Quapaw harvest purple hulls

An open line, news video and news: A rape at Hendrix apartment; a fight song swap in Forth Smith; a purple hull pea harvest.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 14:47:00

Rutledge names solicitor general, a supporter of same-sex marriage

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced the hiring of Lee Rudofsky as the state's first solicitor general. Many states have such a position for the person viewed as the state's top litigator on appellate matters.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 13:38:00

Ready on the firing line. Added security for Guard facilities.

The Defense Department has prepared a video on sidearm training for Arkansas National Guard in the aftermath of heightened security concerns for Guard facilities following the shootings in Chattanooga. The film didn't disclose markshmanship scores.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 13:06:00

State representative and lawyer brands Planned Parenthood 'criminals'

State Rep. Bob Ballinger, who wants his religion to control medical practice in Arkansas, seems to have libeled anyone who works for Planned Parenthood, though virtually all — if not all — engage in legal medical practices.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:47:00

Change in Razorback Foundation leadership

Sean Rochelle is stepping down as executive director of the Razorback Foundation effect Sept. 1 to take a job with Vold Vision in Fayetteville. A successor hasn't been announced.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:31:00

Common Core review council recommends ... a review of Common Core

The Governor's Council on Common Core Review, chaired by Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, arrives at a bold conclusion: The Department of Education needs to review Common Core.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 10:57:00

Inmates damage Jefferson County jail

Channel 4 reports that 80 inmates went on a rampage at the Jefferson County Jail in Pine Bluff. They caused extensive damage, but no injuries and the disturbance has been quelled.

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