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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 16:28:27

Today's open line and a video news roundup

Thursday: An open line and today's video news review.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 16:23:00

Judge orders listing of both same-sex parents on birth certificates

A federal judge in Indiana has ordered that state to list both parents in a married female couple on birth certificates, not just the birth mother. A similar case is on appeal in Arkansas.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 16:09:00

Government issues warning to stop driving some Acuras and Hondas

The government has warned motorists who drive certains Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them until an explosion-prone airbag is replaced.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 15:52:00

Charged dropped against grandmother who used switch on 12-year-old

The Garland County prosecutor has decided not to pursue a criminal charge against Norma Toussaint, 70, had been charged Monday with domestic battery for hitting her 12-year-old granddaughter with a switch.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 15:29:00

Search begins for lethal drugs to resume executions

Arkansas's supply of a paralytic drug that is one of three used in the lethal injection process goes out of date today so Gov. Asa Hutchinson has ordered the Correction Department to find more, rather than devise an alternative execution method, AP reports.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 14:51:00

UPDATE: Two shot in Heber Springs, suspect arrested

Our news partner KARK is reporting, quoting a local newspaper, that a Heber Springs couple were killed in a shooting in their print shop, though Heber Springs police have not yet confirmed that both are dead.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 13:28:00

Gilbert Baker: Trump's man at the convention

Perfect. An e-mail currently circulating says Gilbert Baker and Sara Jo Reynolds will be the "main points of contact" between the Donald Trump campaign and the Arkansas Republican convention delegation at the meeting in Cleveland in mid-July.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:58:00

Military to be open to transgender people

The Pentagon is to announce a new policy allowing open military service by transgender people.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:32:00

KKK thinks it may rise again

The Associated Press decided the 150th anniversary of the Ku Klux Klan was a good time to let some of their people have a platform to express their hope for restoring the empire. Naturally, Arkansas gets a mention.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:02:00

Arkansas Heirloom Tomatoes at Edwards Food Giant for the Fourth of July weekend

We are receiving 200-pounds of large heirloom tomatoes Wednesday morning from Times publisher and farmer Alan Leveritt. We have dark, brick red Carbons, Goldies (large, high acid golden tomatoes) and Annis Noire, a delicious French heirloom that is green with red marbling when ripe.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 09:45:00

Huckabee withdraws FEC request on payment of copyright infringement tab

The Federal Election Commission agenda today had included an item on former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's request to use a legal defense fund to pay for the settlement of his unauthorized use of the song "Eye of the Tiger" at a Kentucky campaign rally. The item was withdrawn from the agenda.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 08:55:00

Police report triple shooting in 3200 block of Zion Street

Little Rock police are in the 3200 block of Zion Street in the John Barrow Addition in response to a report of a triple shooting. One person said to be in critical condition.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 06:46:00

Friday's LGBT kiss-in moved from Rapert's office to state Capitol

James Thweatt, who's organized a kiss-in Friday to demonstrate support for the LGBT community and love and tolerance in general, says the event has been moved from Sen. Jason Rapert's office in Conway to the state Capitol. It will still be at 1 p.m. Friday. All are welcome.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 06:38:00

Baker Kurrus' swan song: A call for 'truth-telling' about charter schools

Watch Channel 4's news clip of Baker Kurrus, the outgoing Little Rock School District superintendent, speaking before the "stakeholder's group" supposedly talking about collaboration between the district and the rapidly expanding charter schools in Little Rock. It's a heartfelt call for truth-telling about the lack of transparency in charter schools and the peril they hold for the Little Rock School District.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 16:07:00

UALR names John Burgess to Tech Park Board

UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson has named John Burgess to succeed Mary Good in a seat on the Little Rock Technology Authority Board.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 15:39:00

Advocates sound the alarm about more income tax cuts

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families has begun a four-part series on the dangers of another income tax cut, a plan Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Republican majority legislature seems bound to follow.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 15:18:00

Wednesday's open line and news roundup

Wednesday: An open line and a video roundup of news and comment.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 13:52:00

The long and winding road: No exception yet for 30 Crossing

The Arkansas highway department's representative on the Metroplan board of directors told the board today that the department is requesting an exception to the planning agency's cap on six lanes for its 30 Crossing project to widen Interstate 30 from six to 10 (and more) lanes.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 12:38:00

Nursing home bribery case details suspect judicial fund-raising

Plaintiffs' lawyers made their case today to continue to trial with the civil suit over then-Judge Mike Maggio's reduction of a $5.2 million jury verdict in a nursing home negligence case to $1 million, a reduction he said he made in return for campaign contributions from the nursing home's owner.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 08:59:00

Deadspin disses Donald Trump GOP convention lineup

Deadspin pulls no punches in describing Donald Trump lineup for Republican National Convention. Trump is, however, denying a report that convicted rapist Mike Tyson will be among his sports greats on hand.

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