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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:19:00

Blue state prosperity

Who's prospering in America today? Overwhelmingly, it's people who live in blue states, according to a pair of political scientists writing in the New York Times.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 13:02:00

The Saturday line

It's a day of domestic projects for the Times crew. We'll try to check in later, but for now here's an open line.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 17:23:00

The Voter Roll Screw-Up Edition

A screw-up that's disenfranchised untold numbers of eligible voters, a funding change proposed for higher education and Hillary Clinton and the wrap-up of the Democratic National Convention — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 17:17:00

Here's your Friday line and video

Over to you.

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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 14:33:00

Higher ed board approves governor's overhaul of college funding

Hutchinson wants schools to be held accountable for delivering results. That sounds great, but there's also concern an "outcomes-based" approach could create perverse incentives for schools.

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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 13:49:00

Clarksville hopes PSC can help protect its watershed from pipeline

Clarksville Light and Water Co. has asked the state Public Service Commission to be granted intervenor status in the application by Diamond Pipeline to cross five navigable state waterways to get oil from Oklahoma to Memphis.

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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 13:20:00

Federal court strikes down voter ID law in North Carolina

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today struck down North Carolina's new voter identification law with a sharply-worded criticism of the lower court that upheld the law, saying it "chose not to see the forest for the trees," and of the North Carolina legislature, saying its intent to discriminate was clear.

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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 11:20:00

Marijuana amendment backers get more time to collect signatures

The Associated Press reports that the Secretary of State's office verified 72,309 signatures on petitions for the November ballot submitted by Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana, short of the 84,859 required. But because the number is at least 75 percent of the required number, the office will extend the deadline to Aug. 29 for backers to reach the required number.

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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 11:16:00

Arkansas's jail population has grown faster than all but one other state

Arkansas's jail populations grew more than all but one other state between 2006 and 2013 in terms of percentage. Among those in jails are a disproportionally high number of people with mental health and substance abuse disorders, and throughout the correction system, there is a dearth of treatment programs. Meanwhile, the state Parole Board is keeping more and more inmates in prison beyond the date they are eligible for parole.

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Friday, July 29, 2016 - 09:33:00

DNC: The final event

Most reading this watched last night’s final night of the Democratic National Convention and have watched many more hours of analysis of Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech and the other events of the evening, so I will avoid too many more words on what was a crisply delivered speech.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 16:01:00

The waiting for Hillary open line and video

Trying out this Facebook Live thing again. Over to you.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 15:51:00

Arkansas the goal line for Oklahoma coaches

What, you say, Arkansas wages are too low to attract folks from outside our borders to work here? Well, not surprisingly, that turns out not to be the case for athletics.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 15:39:00

What's driving that 3.9 percent state GDP growth? Rice, says federal analyst

An analyst at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has an answer for what's driving GDP growth in Arkansas.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 15:07:00

UALR contracts with DHS to study minorities, criminal justice

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Criminal Justice will study "disproportionate minority contact within the criminal justice system" under a contract with the state Department of Human Services, it has announced.The seven-year contract is for $525,000 and will fund two doctoral student positions.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 13:05:00

DNC Day 4: Factions emerge in Sanders camp; one credential denied

At present, I'm listening to a protester on a bullhorn outside the Franklin Hotel in Philadelphia yelling continuously, "Shame on Arkansas."

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 12:07:00

Metroplan's report shows a changing housing market in Central Arkansas

Growth in rental housing has far outpaced growth in the housing market in recent years in Central Arkansas and that's likely to continue, according to a new report by Metroplan, the regional planning organization. Three percent fewer people in the region (i.e., the six counties that comprise the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan statistical area) owned homes in 2014 than they did in 2010; nationally, 1.2 percent do. Meanwhile, rental housing has grown by 7 percent in Central Arkansas and 9 percent nationally.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:10:00

DNC Day 4: Beebe says cynicism is Democrats' biggest enemy

Speaking at the last breakfast of the Arkansas and New Mexico delegations, former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, who spent his 7th and 8th grade years in New Mexico, reiterated the key themes of 

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:38:00

DNC Day 3: What the world needs now

The speech of Christine Leinonen, the mother of a victim of the Orlando shooting, captured the attention of the DNC Convention on night three.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:36:00

Pine Bluff Commercial has first African-American publisher

Gatehouse Media, which owns the Pine Bluff Commercial, has dismissed the newspaper's publisher and editor, Byron Tate, and replaced him with Ed Graves, a former executive at USA Weekend, the Commercial reports. Graves will be the newspaper's first African-American publisher.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:13:00

Suspect in drug bust dies after arrest

KATV is reporting that a man who was one of four suspects taken into custody after a Faulkner County SWAT team drug bust this morning had a heart attack at the scene and died.

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