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Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 16:48:00

Some Ga. Repubs wouldn't be welcome in Jason Rapert's GOP

Arkansas Republican leaders say there's no room in the GOP for those soft on gay rights. So check Georgia, where a big fight has broken out because they want to pass a gay-discrimination bill similar to the one recently passed in Arkansas.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 16:00:00

UPDATED: Lawsuit filed over Fayetteville special election

A lawsuit was filed today seeking ain injunction to halt the special election scheduled Sept. 8 in Fayetteville on a city civil rights ordinance referred by the City Council to voters.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 15:42:00

Monday's open line and the daily news roundup

Here's the Monday open line and our video news roundup.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 14:21:08

Dexter Suggs no longer has doctorate; should end severance

Don Sprowl, chief academic officer at Indiana Wesleyan University, says Dexter Suggs, the former Little Rock school superintendent, no longer holds a doctorate in education from the university.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 14:10:00

Black students disproportionately suspended in Southern schools

A new report shows that black students are disproportionately suspended and expelled from public schools across the country, but particularly in the South. In Arkansas, discipline against black students occurs at a rate well in excess of their share of enrollment.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 13:41:00

Parents again lose Blytheville school transfer lawsuit

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court ruling that the Blytheville School District had not acted improperly in refusing white parents request to transfer out of the majority black school district under a 2013 school transfer law that allowed districts under desegregation rulings to opt out of the law.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 12:39:00

Bankers nix credit union participation in Tech Park loan

Arkansas Business reports that because of bankers' objections, the Arkansas Federal Credit Union has not been allowed to participate in a lender consortium financing $17 million in initial property acquisition and development for the Little Rock Technology Park.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 10:57:00

UA puts limit on use of drones on campus

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is banning the use of drones on campus except for those given express permission. This covers athletic and non-athletic areas.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 10:43:00

Catholic bishop offers counsel on Ashley Madison information

Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Catholic Church's Little Rock diocese has published counsel in the Arkansas Catholic about the identification of people as paying customers of the Ashley Madison website that promoted itself as an outlet for people seeking adulterous affairs.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 10:31:00

The Medicaid mess: More than 25,000 beneficiaries (including ARKids children and the medically frail) still don't have coverage for medication

Gov. Hutchinson said that the "overwhelming majority" of beneficiaries who had coverage terminated would be helped by a deal cut with Blue Cross and Ambetter. He forgot about more than 25,000 who still have no pharmacy coverage — including 8,000 medically frail and 8,000 kids on ARKids.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 09:26:00

Texas secession movement grows

Reuters reports on a growing effort in a petition drive for Texas to secede from the United States. Sure, there are legal complications, but backers say there's a way through Congress. And we say: You go, Texas.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 09:17:00

Chief Justice Hannah bids farewell

Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah distributed a farwell letter today marking the end of his judicial service. He'll be succeeded tomorrow for the remainder of his term, through 2016, by gubernatorial appointee Howard Brill.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 09:03:00

Arkansas Democrats hire new executive director

The Arkansas Democratic Party has hired Ted Dick, former director of the Montana Democratic Party and director of the Olympia, Wash.-based Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, has its executive director.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 08:52:00

It's official: Aloft hotel project on hold

Channel 11 spoke with Jacob Chi, leader of Chi Developers, who confirms the project to put an Aloft hotel in the old Boyle Building at Capitol and Main is on indefinite hold, as we've indicated several times previously.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 07:02:00

Clergy, newspaper back Fayetteville civil rights ordinance

For Fayetteville, the group supporting a city civil rights ordinance on the ballot Sept. 8, has announced support of 22 religious leaders and also the endorsement of the Northwest Arkansas edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 16:37:00

Sunday's open line

The open line. Where were you 50 years ago today. I'm not saying.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 14:55:00

Hutchinson administration: no plan in place to help tens of thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries kicked off of coverage in violation of federal regulations

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said this weekend that Arkansas is a "compassionate state." But the Hutchinson administration has no plan in place to help more than 50,000 losing Medicaid coverage — many of them eligible according to the state's own data — despite the fact that we now know they were kicked off in violation of federal regulations.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 10:51:00

The Arkansas Medicaid mess: Feds make clear that state's 10-day renewal deadline violated federal regulations

The feds have made it clear: the Arkansas 10-day response deadline for its Medicaid renewal process wasn't just a policy disaster — it violated federal regulations.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 08:25:00

Republicans credit early primary for presidential visits

Arkansas Republicans think the early presidential primary in March is luring presidential candidates to the state in time for Arkansas to have an important role in selecting a nominee. But there's a wrinkle in 2016.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 07:55:00

Young Republicans table same-sex marriage resolution. Jason Rapert flames, as usual.

Arkansas Young Republicans tabled a resolution to encourage removal of opposition to same-sex marriage from the Arkansas Republican Party platform. That led to an interesting social media exchange by the anti-gay Sen. Jason Rapert and a Republican who works in the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity conservative political organization.

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