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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 16:21:00

Secretary of state clears signatures on medical marijuana amendment

The secretary of state's office has certified that a petition drive to put a medical marijuana constitutional amendment on the ballot cleared the number of registered voters required.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 16:13:00

Conway Mayor Tab Townsell picked to lead Metroplan

After interviewing two finalists, the Metroplan board chose one of its long-time members, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell, to become director of the planning agency, succeeding the retiring director Jim McKenzie.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 15:45:00

Wednesday's open line

The Wednesday open line, with the daily roundup of news and comment.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 15:36:00

State loses again on attempting to force school transfers, this time in El Dorado

Federal Judge Susan Hickey of El Dorado agrees with the El Dorado School District that it should remain under a federal court desegregation order that allows it to claim an exemption from a 2015 school transfer law.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 14:36:00

The shadowy world of Hillary Clinton in the New York Times

This is funny. A reader named "AR" wrote Talking Points Memo about the New York Times' fondness for the words shadows and clouds in coverage of the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 14:24:00

Appeals court upholds gun ban for medical pot users

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers western states, has upheld a government ban of gun sales to people who hold cards allowing them to buy medical marijuana.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 14:14:00

Police make arrest in May slaying on 11th Street

The Little Rock police said today they'd arrested Michael Gardner, 44, on a capital murder charge in the May 28 slaying of Gwenda Moorman, 62, of 3914 W. 11th Street.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 13:47:00

Miss Arkansas pageant to leave Hot Springs for Little Rock

The Miss Arkansas Pageant will relocate next year to Little Rock after 58 years in Hot Springs.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 12:52:00

Creeping divorce case secrecy: Is it any way to run a public court?

An Arkansas Court of Appeals case today illustrates the creeping practice of judges' granting secrecy to divorce litigants. It's not good public policy.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 11:17:57

UPDATE: Metroplan signs off on waiver for Concrete Gulch

UPDATE: The Metroplan board has voted with scant opposition to waive the existing six-lane limit on area freeways so that the highway department may build a 10-lane concrete gulch through the heart of Little Rock. Leslie Newell Peacock will be back with more after a while. A grassroots group presented spirited opposition, all ignored.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 11:05:00

One dead in crash at Bentonville airport

The pilot of a small plane was killed when his plane crashed into a hangar on takeoff this morning at the Bentonville Municipal Airport, KNWA reports.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 09:48:00

Debtors' prisons are for kids, too, including in Arkansas

A new report from the Juvenile Law Center says kids are being incarcerated nationwide for failure to pay juvenile court-related costs — debtors' prison for kids. The system, which exists in Arkansas, is rife with racial disparities and encourages recidivism, the report says.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 09:31:00

Secretary of state lists casino and second marijuana amendment in preparation for November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office this morning quietly posted a list of ballot initiatives for the November election that included both a measure to legalize three casinos in the state and a second medical marijuana proposal, a constitutional amendment.This does NOT mean those two amendment have cleared the signature verification process.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 07:28:00

The National Anthem and sporting events: Why?

For your consideration: A New York Times article that delves into the American tradition of playing the national anthem before sporting events.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 06:48:00

Former Arkansan, Noelle Nikpour, finishes last in Florida congressional primary

Noelle Nikpour, a sometime-Republican commentator on cable TV and a former Little Rock resident, got 1 percent of the vote for a last-place finish in a six-way Republican primary race for Congress from Florida's 18th District.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 18:30:00

Legislature subpoenas judge to testify about child custody decisions.

The Legislative Joint Performance Review Committee has subpoenaed Circuit Judge Patricia James, who handles juvenile cases in Pulaski and Perry County, to testify to explain her child custody decisions. It's another example of a power-mad, out-of-control legislature.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 18:13:00

Leadership changes announced at DHS

I've been asking DHS for two days about reports that Dawn Stehle was being elevated at DHS to the deputy director's job being vacated by Mark White. The non-response was telling. The news release is even more telling of the unhappy Republicans that tipped me on this change in the first place.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 16:44:00

Judge disqualifies Randolph County alcohol sales initiative

Circuit Judge Phil Smith ruled today in Pocahontas that a petition drive to call a local option alcohol election in Randolph County had fallen short of the signature threshold. NEA Report has the full rundown.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 15:11:00

Tuesday's open line and the day's video

Today's video and the open line for Tuesday.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 14:43:00

Arkansan on Obama's latest commutation list

President Obama today announced commutations of the sentences of 111 federal prisoners, including one from Arkansas.

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