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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 18:28:00

Federal judge temporarily halts new state law aimed at shutting down Planned Parenthood pharmaceutical abortions

A federal judge has called a temporary halt to a state law aimed at preventing drug-=induced miscarriages by abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 16:56:00

The auld open line

Here is an open line looking at you kids as 2016 rolls in on little cats' feet. 

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Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 12:16:00

City to close Rebsamen Park Road because of flooding

The city will close Rebsamen Park Road through Murray Park because of flooding

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Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 11:01:00

No jogging along Rebsamen

Times photographer Brian Chilson took this picture this morning of the jogging trail past Rebsamen Golf Course. The National Weather Service says the river has hit 23,95 feet, about a foot above flood stage — obviously.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 10:33:00

A word of explanation for erratic blogging

My blogging has been mostly non-existent since about noon Sunday and here's an explanation for any who might be curious.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 10:10:00

The growing Koch machine aims at state level influence

Politico continues its reporting on the growth of the Koch billionaires' political machine, now bigger it estimates than the Republican National Committee and its congressional arms.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 09:52:00

One killed in wrong-way crash on Interstate 40

The State Police said Juanita Power, 62, of Charlestonn, was killed Wednesday night in an Interstate 40 crash with a wrong-way driver near the Galloway exit near North Little Rock.

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Today's headlines: Trump moves to end Affordable Care Act

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 09:43:00

Report: Huckabee backers helping Rubio in Iowa

A report in the National Review (no liberal journal) says supporters of  Mike Huckabee and another past Iowa caucus winner, Rick Santorum, are so unhappy that Ted Cruz has stolen their thunder with Iowa evangelicals that they are working to help Marco Rubio.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 17:09:00

Wednesday's open line; no video today, but some very nice minerals

Your open line. No video today.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 15:35:00

Tennessee sees increasing pushback on state-run Achievement School District

Education Week has an important story about dissatisfaction with Tennessee's Achievement School District, the state-run entity that administers school districts taken over by the state because of low academic achievement. An Arkansas bill in 2015 would have created a similar state-run district.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 11:48:00

Arkansas Advocates assesses the state of early childhood education in 2015

Did Arkansas make progress on pre-K in 2015? When compared to last year, perhaps. But not when compared to 2008: In real terms, the state's budget for the Arkansas Better Chance program shrank over the past seven years, and the one-time $3 million the General Assembly appropriated this year doesn't fill the hole.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 10:07:00

The magic will be gone tomorrow on Stagecoach Road

Sadly, the curtain will be falling tomorrow on Mr. Magic and Novelties, the 26-year-old Little Rock shop at 8919 Stagecoach Road which the owner believes to be the largest brick-and-mortar magic store in the world. Thursday will be the last day for the shop, which has been open since 1990, and open in the Stagecoach Road location since 1995.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 09:52:00

Little Rock Central High restores historic front doors

Little Rock Central High School's iconic front doors were removed this week so that they could be shipped to Kansas City, Mo., where they will be completely restored, Central High principal Nancy Rousseau reports.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 09:45:00

Trump tests the general election waters with attacks on Bill Clinton

Trump, the GOP's frontrunner / waking nightmare, said of the former president on Twitter on Monday: “If Hillary thinks she can unleash her husband, with his terrible record of women abuse, while playing the women’s card on me, she’s wrong!”

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 16:37:00

A soggy Tuesday open line

Your open line for Tuesday.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 15:41:00

Picture worth a thousand words department: Employment under Obama

I am hoping that Steve Benen, who created the graph above using figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics won't mind that I've stolen his image from MSNBC, where Benen writes about President Obama's "jobs-killing agenda."

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 15:26:00

Search continues for Arkansas country singer after hunting companion found dead

Craig Strickland, the singer in Northwest Arkansas country-rock band Backroad Anthem, remains missing after an ill-fated duck hunting trip on an Oklahoma lake that ended in the death of another Arkansas man, Chase Morland, 22, of Van Buren. Stricklin, 29, is from Springdale.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 12:37:00

Judge Baker sets hearing in Planned Parenthood suit Wednesday

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker will hold a hearing at 2:30  p.m. Wednesday in the suit filed yesterday by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland over a new state law regulating medical abortion. Planned Parenthood has asked for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction to keep the law from taking effect Jan. 1.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 12:01:00

The show will go on for horror and sci-fi spin-off of LR Film Festival

Former organizers of the Little Rock Film Festival, which ended this year after a nine year run, have confirmed that the Little Rock Picture Show, the horror, fantasy and sci-fi focused spin-off that was part of the LRFF family of film festivals, would continue in conjunction with the River City Comic Expo in June.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 11:46:00

Nonprofit watchdog removes Clinton Foundation from list

The nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator, which placed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation on its watchlist in March because of questions raised in the media about whether gifts to the foundation were made in hopes of a quid pro quo from Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state, has removed the foundation from the list, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.

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