The Jumoke open line: Plus new advice for the governor; a chimp gets named; life imitates art | Arkansas Blog

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Jumoke open line: Plus new advice for the governor; a chimp gets named; life imitates art

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 4:17 PM

Here's an open line and today's video. Plus:

* HEALTH ADVISOR: Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today that John Martin, currently a legislative staffer for Sen. Tom Cotton, will become his senior advisor on health policy. Does this mean we should kiss the private option goodbye? Cotton hasn't been friendly to a single aspect of Obamacare, including the Medicaid expansion adopted in Arkansas through the private option. His idea of health care is every-man-for-himself. Which, when you think about it, doesn't need a whole lot of sophisticated planning. Martin has a supply chain management degree from Texas A&M.

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* THE CHIMP IS NAMED: The Little Rock Zoo announced that an on-line poll had determined that the name of the zoo's baby chimp would be Jumoke (joo MOH keh), Swahili for "everyone loves the child."

* LIFE IMITATES ART: A defendant waiting trial was shot outside the courthouse in Canton, Miss., today. It's the courthouse where the John Grisham story, "A Time to Kill" was filmed. In it, a father goes to court and kills two men on trial for rape of his daughter.

* HELP FRANKLIN SCHOOL: Neighbors have set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to rebuild the Franklin Elementary playground equipment, burned by an arsonist a few days ago. 

* FOOD FRAUD: The U.S. attorney's office said Kattie Jordan, 50, of Dermott pleaded guilty today to conspiring to defraud the Agriculture Department of money intended to feed poor children during the school year and summer. 

She was charged with three others in an April indictment in the conpsiracy. Jordan and the sponsor of another feeding program allegedly conspired with two Department of Human Services employees to inflate the number of meals served and paid bribes to DHS employees from the inflated payments.  The other three are still awaiting trial.

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