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Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 17:23:00

Legislators at unprecedented impasse on school funding

Republicans removed Sen. Lindsey's $20 million increase for catastrophic special education funding from the recommendations; Lindsey was among those who voted them down.

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 16:12:00

Jury acquits two in bank fraud case

A federal court jury this afternoon acquitted two former employees of One Bank of charges related to concealing a bad loan of $1.5 million from regulators and some bank board members, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 15:33:00

Today's video and the Monday open line

The Monday open line and a daily roundup of news and comment.

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 15:14:00

Comey resisted talk of Russia because, well, elections

James Comey's decision on material relevant to one presidential candidate seems at variance with his decision relative to another.

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 14:55:00

Governor offers $10 million boost for colleges in return for 'reform'

Gov. Asa Hutchinson dangled a $10 million carrot in front of colleges and universities today in return for linking their funding to "productivity."

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 14:16:00

Democrats sue over voter intimidation efforts

Democrats have filed suits in four important battleground states — Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona — to thwart what they see as voter intimidation tactics by supporters of Donald Trump to depress voting, particularly in minority-heavy precincts.

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 14:00:00

Judge delays decision on convicted Faulkner county clerk's candidacy

Faulkner Circuit Judge David Clark today ordered that the election for Faulkner County clerk proceed but that votes not be counted until he decides at a hearing the day after the election whether Republican candidate Margaret Darter is unable to serve because of the crime that forced her to resign the job earlier this month.

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 12:30:00

Roosevelt Thompson at Yale

Yale University next week will place the name of the late Roosevelt Thompson, a Little Rock native, on the dining hall in the campus college named for John Calhoun.

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 11:17:00

Early turnout holds hope for Clinton

The New York Times reports that Hillary Clinton's organizational advantage appears to be driving an advantage for Democrats in early voting in swing states.

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 07:20:00

Rehearing request filed today on marijuana act

John W. Hall, attorney for backers of Issue 7, the medical marijuana initiated act removed from the ballot last week by the Arkansas Supreme Court, today filed a request for rehearing of that decision.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 13:24:00

A booming open line

In the event I can't get to it later, here's the Sunday open line, with a link to KARK's coverage of continuing demolition work on the old Broadway Bridge, this time to take out a couple of footings.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 08:51:00

Clinton takes offensive on e-mails

FBI Director James Comey thought he had no choice but to tell Congress he had more e-mail to review potentially related to Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 08:37:00

UCA to dedicate a memorial to alumni war dead

The Universal of Central Arkansas will dedicate a memorial to every alumni killed in war or hostile action since the school began operation in 1908.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 08:15:00

Rep. David Wallace faces lawsuit on Louisiana bus wreck death

The Jonesboro Sun yesterday reported another unfavorable development for Rep. David Wallace who's put more than $100,000 of his own money into a challenge of incumbent Democratic Sen. David Burnett.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 16:46:00

The open line and a blackface incident at UCA

Here's the Saturday open line. News in Arkansas today concerns a UCA student who had the bad idea to go blackface in a Bill Cosby-style sweater for a Halloween party.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 08:12:00

Roman holiday in progress for top UA officials UPDATE

I'm in receipt of an anonymous letter, said to be from a University of Arkansas faculty member, who's a little chapped that top UA officials have been on a trip to Rome and Venice this week shortly after Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz recent speech about a need for budget belt-tightening.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 07:34:00

Herbicide use leads to slaying in Mississippi County UPDATE

KARK reported yesterday the shooting death of a Mississippi County farmer, Mike Wallace of Monette, and the arrest of another farm worker, Allan Jones, in an argument over herbicide drift.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 07:16:00

Hypocrite watch: Rep. Brandt Smith takes the prize UPDATE

Republican Rep. Brandt Smith has seen the light on pre-K education, conveniently forgetting a videotape of his harsh criticism of Democratic opponent Nate Looney for endorsing more pre-K education.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 17:49:00

Another Hillary e-mail story; looks like Weinergate

FBI Director James Comey informed Congress today that it had found e-mail in an unrelated case that might be pertinent to the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mail and would be reviewing it.

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Friday, October 28, 2016 - 17:47:00

Term limits ballot title approved

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved the form of a proposed constitutional amendment to return term limits to the old limits before a 2014 amendment put on the ballot by legislators moved the limit to 16 years (and longer for some senators depending on the luck of draws on terms after redistricting.)

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