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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 16:36:00

An early open line, plus cheese dip

The open line includes a report from the Cheese Dip Championship.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 16:32:00

Darrell Brown dies. He was first black Razorback

Darrell Brown, a Little Rock lawyer, has died. He is most famous, probably, as a walk-on Razorback football player in 1965. That made him the first black Razorback, a rough experience

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Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 16:02:00

Thanks to private option, Arkansas outlier in the South in reducing uninsured rate

Cool interactive map from the folks at New York Times Upshot blog tracking the uninsured rate since the enactment of Obamacare. The maps show the uninsured rate by county in 2013, then 2014 and 2015 after the major coverage provisions of the health care law were enacted (the darker purple equals higher uninsured rates). It offers a stark picture of how far we've come and how far we still have to go, particularly in the South, where most states have refused to expand Medicaid.  Guess who's an extreme outlier in Dixie?

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Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 09:16:00

Cheese Dip Championship is still on today in River Market

A reminder: The World Cheese Dip Championship is still on today from noon to 3 p.m., but under roof in the River Market east pavilion. See you there.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 07:48:00

Huckabee to join state GOP at fund-raiser next week; also, fact-checking Ben Carson

The Arkansas Republican Party has a fund-raising rally at 6 p.m. Monday for a headquarters expansion project that will include an appearance by former governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be there, too.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 07:21:00

UPDATE: City Board moves meeting for I-30 discussion

The Little Rock City Board will meet two places Tuesday night — at 5 p.m. at City Hall for the normal meeting and then at 7 p.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center to hear Arkansas Highway Director Scott Bennett discuss the controversial plan to expand Interstate 30 through Little Rock. We offer some additional questions.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 17:34:00

The Great Highway Debate Edition

The escalation of pushback against the state Highway and Transportation department’s plan to expand I-30 in downtown Little Rock, the third Republican presidential debate, "20/20’s" coverage of the Justin Harris rehoming scandal and Treasurer Dennis Milligan getting into the education business — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 17:04:00

Hendrix education department chair James Jennings dies at 60

Jennings was a beloved figure at the college, where he had taught since 1992. He was 60.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 16:23:00

Legal Aid wins injunction on Medicaid eligibility challenge

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction in behalf of a Lee County woman who experienced a nightmarish attempt to get certified for Medicaid by the state Human Services Department.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 15:15:00

Baptist Health, Innovation Hub join in project to encourage health-related startups

Baptist Health and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub announced a project today to encourage development of startup companies that focus on heatlh care.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 14:50:00

Open line. Plus, Cheese Dip Championship moves

The Friday open line, video roundup and news of a change of location Saturday for the World Cheese Dip Championship.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 14:49:00

Lawyer announces challenge to sitting judge, Alice Gray

LaTonya Austin, a Little Rock lawyer, said today that she intends to challenge incumbent Circuit Judge Alice Gray for the 12th Division seat Gray has held since 1993.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 14:49:00

Feds tout rates on health insurance marketplace

The federal Health and Human Services Department released today a report on cost and choices in the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. More choices and more tax credits will be available next year.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 13:14:00

The law according to Bart Hester and them: Legal discrimination against gay people

In Missouri, a court says a person legally can be harassed at work for being gay. Arkansas law is no different, even if a court hasnj't ruled on a specific case yet.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 12:12:00

Wider roads don't solve traffic congestion

If you build more roads, more cars will come and thus congestion won't be eliminated by widening freeways. Students of I-30 plans, take note.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:09:00

Re-thinking pink: A pushback on October's breast cancer awareness push

Here's one of those on-the-other-hand stories as another breast cancer awareness month comes to a close, a mid a rising tide of "pink" corporate strategies as well as the big races for the cure and other activities.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 07:19:00

Highway engineer suggests 'limited build' on I-30 work

A retired Iowa engineer says a nearly identical project in Des Moines shows a better way to proceed on the proposed Interstate 30 project in Little Rock.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 06:39:00

UPDATE: Republican candidates plan debate revolt; a suggested new format

Republican presidential candidates are plotting ways to make the televised debates more to their liking. Here's a model for a new direction: The Benghazi hearing.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 06:29:00

Senate approves budget deal

The U.S. Senate voted 64-35 early this morning to approve a budget bill that avoided a government default.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 15:43:00

Open line. Plus: Child found dead in washing machine; government religion in El Dorado

Today's open line and video roundup, plus investigation of a child's death in Hampton and El Dorado city government promoting religion on its Facebook pages, despite complaints.

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