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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 18:36:00

Prosecution seeks delay of trial of Judge Wade Naramore in son's hot car death

The prosecuting attorney today asked for a delay of the trial scheduled to begin June 14 in Hot Springs of the misdemeanor negligent homicide charges against Circuit Judge Wade Naramore in the death of his 18-month-old son Thomas. It said it needs to prepare for a defense witness, an expert on how brain functions can contribute to memory lapses that lead to child deaths such as this.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 17:35:00

Boys State goes for Trump in a landslide

My annual trip to Arkansas Boys State found a crowd wildly enthusiastic about Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton? Hillary who?

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 17:15:00

Schools progressing on dyslexia interventions, but major gaps remain

Districts and charters reported about 5,400 students received dyslexia interventions, out of a statewide student population of around 476,000. But statistics show 10 to 20 percent of the population is dyslexic — meaning from 47,000 to 95,000 kids should be receiving services.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 15:23:00

The early open line

Here's an open line and today's headlines.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 12:47:00

Charter schools are bleeding public schools

Here's an article from the Associated Press on how charter schools are bleeding students from conventional public school districts all over the U.S. — some 100,000 in Los Angeles alone. This is not good, no matter what the Walton public relations machine might tell you.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 11:39:00

Recyclers institute three-strikes policy on improper dumping

It's come to this: Inspection of recycling bins for contraband refuse.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 11:31:00

With Ken Starr's help, Trump turns tragedy into farce. More acts lie ahead

Ernest Dumas writes this week about how Donald Trump's effort to drag the late Vince Foster into his presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton was not only vile it was exquisitely timed for ill effect.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 11:14:00

Hutchinson names former Conway chief to Emergency Management post

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named A. J. Gary, former Conway police chief, to succeed the retiring David Maxwell as director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 11:12:00

The other side of Walmart

The Walmart annual stockholders meeting is scheduled later this week and happy shareholders and employees will throng to an event that always features big-name entertainment and other razzle dazzle. Critics will be on hand in Northwest Arkansas, too.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 09:38:00

Study: School vouchers don't show positive results

Findings from the Brookings Institution on the value of school vouchers — using public money for tuition at private schools: Not good.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 08:20:00

News you can use: The Do Not Call list

Readers here have complained about the rise in telephone call lists despite the Do Not Call list. An article in Slate explains what's happening and who to blame.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016 - 16:52:00

The Memorial Day line is open

The Memorial Day open line.

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Monday, May 30, 2016 - 10:31:00

Running with Tom Cotton

Politico takes a run with Sen. Tom Cotton and finds a national candidate for the future — perhaps even the near future.

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Monday, May 30, 2016 - 09:02:00

'Fundamental rule': Widening a freeway does not reduce congestion

Still more expert testimony that widening freeways doesn't reduce traffic congestion. But Arkansas highway builders are intent on spending at least $700 million to demonstrate the truism yet again with the 30 Crossing project in Little Rock.

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Monday, May 30, 2016 - 07:43:00

Quapaw leader, a Republican, backs Hillary Clinton

The website indianz.com reports that John Berrey, leader of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president though he's called himself a Republican since 2002.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 16:58:00

The Not Riverfest open line; plus barbecue tips

Thinking about Riverfest, no longer a Memorial Day weekend feature here, as I open the Sunday night line.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 08:16:00

Asa Hutchinson's radical change in state budgeting for highways

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway spending plan amounts to a radical realignment of financing of  state government, though it has been sold as merely a prudent use of  "surplus" money.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 16:14:00

An open line: Plus what's wrong with Kansas and Ole Miss?

The open line includes news elsewhere — the failure of trickle-down economics in Kansas and football fraud with Arkansas angles at Ole Miss.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 07:24:00

UPDATE: Hillcrest waits on Helmich property plans on Kavanaugh

Helmich Auto Service in Hillcrest has been sold and we're on the trail of the buyer and what might be planned for that prime location at the corner of Kavanaugh and Beechwood.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 07:01:00

Governor's Mansion rolls on: Takeover was all about control

Still more evidence mounts that control was the reason for legislation by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to strip the Governor's Mansion Commission of its power. Read more about the Hutchinson families artistic disagreements and also their desire to reduce public access to the building, including the Grand Hall built for that purpose.

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