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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 17:13:00

Saturday night line

Here's an open line. Back tomorrow unless I win the $315 million Powerball.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 07:32:00

Mike Poore pays a visit to the Arkansas Times

Benji Hardy is going to reflect more fully on this later, but I wanted to mention that the incoming Little Rock school superintendent, Mike Poore, finished a hectic week of meeting Little Rock people with more than an hour chat with the Arkansas Times Friday afternoon before returning to Bentonville. My score: A-.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 07:01:00

Deal struck to restore library, senior center money cuts

Legislators and the governor announced yesterday that a deal had been done to dip into reserve funds to restore $1 million cuts from both library and senior center budgets in 2015 to pay for a capital gains tax cut that primarily benefits wealthy people.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 06:52:00

Fly-LIT: Airport commissioner slot on the agenda

Also on the agenda for Tuesday's city board meeting is board confirmation of Mayor Mark Stodola's picks for a number of city board and commission seats, including the always highly sought Airport Commission.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 05:01:00

Police defer to the people in patrol car motto

A welcome note from on a departure in Arkansas law enforcement from the growing fad of putting "In God We Trust" on patrol cars and other bits of public property.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 04:57:00

IHOP coming down, but .....

I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 18:08:00

Arkansas gets $3 million in drug suit settlement

The attorney general's office announced that Arkansas will receive about $3 million for its Medicaid programs as part of a $784 million settlement of a national class action lawsuit with Pfizer and its subsidiary Wyeth pharmaceuticals.

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 17:47:00

Jury acquits dentist of molestation charge

A Pulaski circuit court jury today acquitted Jose Turcios of a charge that he'd molested a teenage dental patient. It deliberated for about two hours..

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Today's headlines: Legislature warms up by punishing Supreme Court

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 17:38:00

The Meeting Michael Poore Edition

New LRSD Superintendent Michael Poore makes the round, the fix is in on 30 Crossing and Hillary v. Donald — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 15:17:00

Sprint predicts 100 jobs at regional HQ in Little Rock

Sprint, the wireless carrier, has opened a South Central headquarters in Little Rock to serve four states and says it will have 100 full-time employees in Little Rock by the end of the year.

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 14:12:00

A rainy Friday open line

Here's the open line to end the week, plus the daily roundup of news and comment by video.

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 14:02:00

Westerman pushing to make it easier to burn trees for energy

Energy and Environment Daily reports on efforts by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman to get federal law to encourage burning of trees and timber waste (biomass)  to produce electricity.

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 13:47:00

Benton County sheriff breaks law, gets probation and a big check

Former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck, charged with a felony records tampering charge, pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge today and got six months' probation. He resigned from office in mid-April after the Benton County Quorum Court agreed to give him about $80,000 for pay and health insurance coverage for the rest of the year.

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 11:57:00

Concentrated poverty equals poorer education

Education Week reports on a new database on racial achievement gaps in U.S. schools. I'll boil it down: The best predictor of an achievement gap is concentration of kids in high poverty schools.

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 11:14:00

Gubernatorial endorsement for Cruz

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is going to endorse Ted Cruz for president, just ahead of that state's primary. He better hope the Indiana governor has longer home-state coattails than another governor we can think of.

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 11:07:00

AHTD responds to post on video assumptions

AHTD Design Build Project Director Ben Browning emailed this morning, hoping to clarify his remarks on how the C/D lanes help with congestion and the assumed widening of I-30 south of the 30 Crossing project area.

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 09:35:00

Oh, no, don't let the rain come down

Torrential rain has caused problems all over this morning. But, yet again, the sump created by the Broadway Bridge construction work produced a water barrier to traffic on La Harpe at the Robinson Center. That, in turn, multiplied problems everywhere else.

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 07:57:00

In Virginia, backlash to money's influence on a college. Hmmmm.

The New York Times reports that a contribution of $30 million to rename the law school at Virginia's public George Mason University for Antonin Scalia has prompted an overdue backlash to the amount of ideology already infused in that campus by past contributions from the Koch family and like-minded conservatives. Sound familiar?

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 07:40:00

Reintroducing Hillary

Correct the Record, the super PAC working to elect Hillary Clinton as president, has underway a biographical reintroductions of the candidate to counteract the familiar opposition narratives. "Let's Talk Hillary" includes, for example, this YouTube video of a Pine Bluff woman praising Clinton's advocacy of the HIPPY program to help mothers prepare children for school.

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 07:24:00

Grassroots keep up Little Rock school pressure

Grassroots effort to regain control of Little Rock School District is keeping the pressure on state officials.

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