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Monday, June 27, 2016

Evening news brief: Fashion, gay discrimination, crime and punishment

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Some late afternoon headlines:

* TODAY'S FASHION NOTES: Fox News used a joint appearance by Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren as a chance to comment on their wardrobe. I kid you not. I also kid you not when I say people say Hillary Clinton faces no sexism. An analyst commented on their "Bobbsey twin" outfits. "I don't mean to be sexist," Pat Waddell said. Uh huh.

* GAY BIAS RULED OUT OF BOUNDS IN MISSISSIPPI: A federal judge has ruled that a county clerk in Mississippi may not use religion as a pretext to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Cory Eskridge, the third suspect in the slaying of a customer at the Frontier Diner on I-30 last week, turned himself into police today.

* 16TH LR HOMICIDE: A man in his 30s was found shot to death under a tree not long after 3 p.m. today on Collie Drive in Southwest Little Rock.  No details as yet on cause or suspect.

* BANK ROBBERY: A man with a handgun took money from a teller at TruService Community Federal Credit Union at 11001 Hermitage about 2:50 p.m. today.

* FIRING IN PRISON ESCAPE: A prison guard at the East Arkansas Regional Correctional Facility in rural Lee County was fired and another was suspended in the escape of a convicted killer June 13. Anthony Jones was on the loose in nearby fields for three days before being recaptured. One guard was left in charge of 13 inmates during lunch. He allowed four to return to work and didn't keep an eye on all them as required. Jones was in the group of four and slipped away . Correction Department Director Wendy Kelley put the escape down to "complacency." Four guards or officers were with the work detail outside the prison, but one guard took an inmate to a medical appointment and two officers took two inmates to another job.

ALSO: the state board of Education heard three-minute presentations from applicants on the Little Rock School District advisory board which will have some limited input on Dustrict matters under state control. Education Commissioner Johnny Key will recommend picks at the July board meeting.  Some strong applicants had good things to say, some of them not in keeping with Key's ideas about the so-called school reform agenda. 

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