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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 19:31:00

Arkansas Supreme Court gets political

The Arkansas Supreme Court — some of them anyway — have formed a committee. The aroma is strong.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 18:48:00

Live blogging the Little Rock charter school decision

It's a packed house at the Education Department building this evening as the state Board of Education prepares to make a final decision on authorizing the expansion of two charter school operators in Little Rock, eStem Public Charter Schools and LISA Academy.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 16:30:00

Transportation secretary decries damage freeways do to cities

Shades of 30 Crossing and the vast swath of concrete the Arkansas highway department wants to build through the heart of another wise re-emerging downtown Little Rock:Several have highly recommended the interview on NPR today between Diane Rehm and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 16:13:00

More comments on charter school expansion

The charter school expansion review before the state Board of Education begins later this afternoon and we'll be on hand. But meanwhile, one last comment on the subject, from Bill Kopsky of the Public Policy Panel. It's another call for more study before a final decision.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 15:44:00

Mike Maggio appeals conviction and sentence in bribery case

Former Conway Circuit Judge Mike Maggio has filed an appeal to the federal Eighth Circuit following his sentencing last week to ten years in federal prison, the maximum allowed under law.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 15:25:00

There Rutledge goes again; this time to preserve high prison phone rates

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge jumps into another lawsuit on the opposite side from the less fortunate. She wants to keep prison telephone rates high.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 14:06:00

Thursday before-the-storm open line

Here's the open line and video roundup. More to come tonight, certainly from the hearing on charter school expansion before the state Board of Education. Benji Hardy will be covering.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 13:58:00

Judge Piazza denies request seeking delay of charter school review meeting

The plaintiff, Claudius Johnson, is suing the state Board of Education over a violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 11:34:00

ACLU investigating Mills High showing of 'Passion of the Christ,' teacher's classroom rant about 'liberalism' after complaints

The ACLU is looking into an incident in which a portion of the R-rated "The Passion of the Christ" was shown during a U.S. History class at Wilbur Mills High School, with the teacher of the course later going on a rant against liberals and political correctness when a student complaint to the school resulted in the rest of the film not being shown. Audio of the teacher's diatribe was recorded and forwarded to ACLU-Arkansas and, later, Arkansas Times. The teacher has been suspended.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 11:07:00

Wes Flanigan to coach Little Rock men's basketball

Parkview grad Wes Flanigan has been named new coach of the Little Rock Trojans.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:18:00

Here comes the corporate welfare crowd to stick a hand in your pocket

The business community is getting organized to pass a corporate welfare amendment to the state consitution. It would increase the flow of state money to private businesses and also restore tax subsidies for local chambers of commerce.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 07:25:00

Food program fraud tops $10 million

The U.S. attorney in Little Rock announced a seventh guilty plea in its investigation of fraud in the state-run program to pass federal money to nonprofit organizations to feed poor children after school and during the summer. The fraud tops $10 million in misused federal money.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 07:10:00

City director: Billboard brightness matters

City Director Ken Richardson has raised a light pollution issue about a proposal to allow four billboards on city "scenic corridors" to be converted to digital displays.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 19:43:00

Committee debates election reforms, shows little appetite for judicial appointments

A month after the conclusion of a vitriolic state Supreme Court election season that saw unprecedented levels of spending by out-of-state "dark money" groups, the Senate Judiciary committee this afternoon discussed two potential reforms to how Arkansas selects its judges.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 17:26:00

Little Rock to name new basketball coach tomorrow; money's on Wes Flanigan

Little Rock will announce tomorrow a quick replacement for departed men's basketball coach Chris Beard.Reports seem to favor associate head coach Wes Flanigan.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 16:20:00

Ice Storm II: Feds mount another drug bust in Van Buren County

U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer today announced a second round of arrests in Operation Ice Storm, a probe of drug trafficking in Van Buren County.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 14:43:00

On the downhill now with an open line

The week is half done. Here's an open line and video news roundup.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 14:38:00

Virginia governor vetoes LGBT discrimination bill

Another elected official with moxie. And respect for the U.S. Constitution. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed state legislation that allows the use of religion as a pretext to discriminate against LGBT people.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 14:07:00

UPDATE: Trump, abortion and the hypocrites at the hateful Family Council

Donald Trump steps in it on abortion. And here come the hypocrites to decry what he said, even as they punish women every day with laws and policies.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 14:01:00

Gov. Asa Hutchinson pledges to cut developmental disability waiting list in half in three years

Addressing the Medicaid Advisory Council today at the Capitol, Gov. Asa Hutchinson pledged to reduce the waiting list for a Medicaid waiver program that provides services offering home and community-based care for developmentally disabled children. Currently, around 2,600 families are stuck on the wait list, some of them for years. Hutchinson promised to cut that list in half within three years. His plan is to use savings and revenues that the state would accrue via his plan to use managed care companies to enact cost-saving reforms for certain high-cost populations in the traditional Medicaid program.

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