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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 17:41:00

Health Department establishing regulatory regime for medical marijuana

The AP has obtained a draft of partial state Health Department rules that will govern medical marijuana in Arkansas.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 17:33:00

The humpday end point

Here's the open line and video review.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 16:11:00

Hutchinson wants Medicaid block grant to include Obamacare funds in its scope

If traditional Medicaid spending is block-granted, what happens to the expansion money? John Brummett reports that Gov. Hutchinson hopes the tap keeps flowing.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 14:24:00

Trump won't 'treat mid-America as flyover region,' governor tells Farm Bureau

Hutchinson said he's "delighted" with Trump's cabinet picks so far, and with the incoming administration's outreach efforts. As for trade, Hutchinson said he hopes to "shape [the new administration] in the right direction for Arkansas agriculture and the Arkansas economy."

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 14:22:00

City budget omits judge reimbursements, economic development money

Little Rock's proposed 2017 budget of $204.5 million does not include the total $86,776 payout to reimburse district judges Vic Fleming, Alice Lightle and Mark Leveritt for accrued vacation and sick leave, nor does it include economic development tribute dollars that was once paid the Chamber of Commerce.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 13:58:00

Homicide at 15th and Woodrow

A man was shot and killed inside the No. 2 Woodrow Discount Store at 13th and Woodrow streets in Little Rock today, our news partner KARK reports. The victim, who was shot multiple times, has yet to be identified.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 12:31:00

Nancy Pelosi retains control of House Democratic leadership

Congressional Democrats double down on leadership from their coastal strongholds while the national party disintegrates around them.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 10:20:00

Rutledge files yet another lawsuit against a federal environmental rule: critical habitat

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge takes on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over new rules concerning "critical habitat" for endangered and threatened species.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 09:22:00

Diamond Pipeline foes hope to leverage sympathy for Standing Rock protests

The Diamond Pipeline marches on.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 18:20:00

The late line and video

It's an open line.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 16:18:00

Child welfare too often about 'punishing parents,' DCFS consultant tells legislators

Reforms promised by the Division of Children and Family Services are "absolutely necessary," the president of DCFS's independent consultant told a legislative committee this morning. But they still may not be enough to control the state's alarming growth in foster care cases.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 15:12:00

We thought Trump admired Justice Scalia

Still pondering Trump's fiery flag Tweet. Here's what the late Justice Antonin Scalia had to say about flag-burning, an activity that under Trump might cost you your citizenship or some jail time — or at least that's what Trump thinks should happen.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 14:34:00

Actor George Takei takes on Trump

Actor George Takei, whose family was incarcerated in a Japanese internment camp in Rohwer, Ark. (Desha County) during World War II, took to Twitter today in response to Donald Trump's earlier Tweet in which the president-elect  said those who burn the American flag should "perhaps" lose their citizenship or be jailed. No matter what side of the fence you're on, Takei's 27 little words should ring in the heart of every patriotic American who cares about the First Amendment.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 13:25:00

Delta Regional Authority announces $26 million in new infrastructure grants

The Delta Regional Authority and Gov. Asa Hutchinson have announced $26 million in new infrastructure grants, obtained through the federal States' Economic Development Assistance Program and a mix of public and private sources.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:31:00

Handicapped faced with long walk to get to state Capitol on weekends

The article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today about the new gates to keep vehicular traffic from the state Capitol on weekends did not mention what handicapped folks might do if they want to visit to see the ground floor exhibits or the Christmas display. They can no longer be dropped off at the entrance. I know someone in a wheelchair, so I thought I'd ask Chris Powell, spokesman for Secretary of State Mark Martin.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 10:44:00

Donald Trump taps Tom Price for HHS Secretary; Medicaid and Medicare cuts could be next

The selection of Tom Price as HHS secretary could signal that the Trump administration will dismantle the current healthcare safety net, both Medicaid and Medicare.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 10:38:00

#Giving Tuesday: Give now to your favorite nonprofits, like the Nature Conservancy and (update) the Oxford American

You dropped some dough, maybe, on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Today's #Giving Tuesday, the day to help nonprofits, universities and other organizations that are in the business of helping others. The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas is making the most of #Giving Tuesday by announcing the acquisition of a new nature preserve, 1,425 acres on a mountain west of Mt. Judea (that's "Mount Judy" to you flatlanders) along Big Creek.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 09:48:00

Political ad in NWA features picturesque views of Fayetteville... North Carolina

Eagle-eyed politicos in Northwest Arkansas have noticed that a banner that, until recently, had been front and center on the campaign website of Republican Tracy K. Hoskins, a business developer who hopes to win the Ward 3 seat on the Fayetteville (Arkansas) City Council today in a run-off election,  featured two lovely views of the Old Market House in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 07:17:00

The Rev. Rapert wants to rename Clinton airport

The Bro./Sen. Rapert has his panties in a wad over the fact that Little Rock's airport is named for Bill and Hillary Clinton, according to his morning Tweet. I guess he should head on over to the Little Rock Airport Commission and warn them the Ledge is about to take it over.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 07:04:00

Trump proposes an unconstitutional ban on flag burning, revoking citizenship

Donald Trump, the president-elect of the United States, this morning made a public statement, via Twitter, that the flag burning should be disallowed by law: "there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!"

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