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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 18:15:00

A King holiday bill emerges. Missing — black sponsors

Filed today in the legislature was a bill to end the dual recognition of Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King Jr. on a state holiday in February.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 16:24:00

Pulaski arrest leads to charges in four robberies

The Pulaski County sheriff's office reported the arrest of a suspect in a robbery today that led to multiple charges.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 15:37:00

Rapert passes measures aimed at banning same-sex marriage and abortion on second votes

Sen. Jason Rapert squeaked through the Senate today a pair of resolutions that failed last week and which endorse outlawing same-sex marriage and abortion.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 15:16:00

Tuesday: the open line and the news roundup

Open line. News and comment.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 14:44:00

Black college presidents meet The Real Donald Trump

Heads of historically black college and university presidents met President Donald Trump Monday and, well, it didn't go so well.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:38:00

March for transgender health care set in Fayetteville

A march is set Saturday in Fayetteville for health care rights for transgender people at the University of Arkansas

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 10:20:42

ABC board ponders medical marijuana rules on advertising, 'edibles,' transport and more

The rules endorsed by the ABC board on Tuesday restrict but do not prohibit TV, radio and print advertising for medical marijuana. The first draft presented Monday would have prohibited almost all such ads.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 09:33:00

Cotton to take stage again in Heber Springs

Republicans are spreading word of a public appearance by Sen. Tom Cotton at 8 a.m. Saturday in Heber Springs at the community center. Dorothy Crockett, Mississippi County Republican chair, is among those publicizing the event as a town hall.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 09:21:00

KARK: Lee-King holiday deal in the works

Drew Petrimoulx of KARK reports, quoting Rep. Charles Blake of the Black Legislative Caucus, that a deal may be near on splitting the state's joint observation of the birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 07:36:00

Senator proposes to legalize local option gambling

Note a new legislative proposal from Sen. Scott Flippo of Bull Shoals: It's nothing more than a proposal to legalize certain forms of gambling in Arkansas.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 07:26:00

Schools and westward sprawl on Little Rock City Board agenda today

Schools and expensive westward sprawl seem likely to prompt some serious discussion at the Little Rock City Board meeting today.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 17:47:08

Another week begins. The open line

Here's the open line and the week-opening daily news roundup.

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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 17:46:17

UPDATE: Identities released in shooting of robber by Little Rock police officer

A Little Rock police officer fatally shot a man he said attempted to rob him in a shopping center parking lot at Rodney Parham and Reservoir Roads about 7:40 p.m. Friday.

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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 16:48:00

House endorses amendment to limit damage lawsuits

The House today endorsed SJR 8, the proposed constitutional amendment to limit awards and attorney fees in damage lawsuits and also to give the legislature control of Supreme Court rule-making.

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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 16:45:00

Guns and more guns on the Senate agenda

Sen. Trent Garner, on a 21-10 vote, sent the campus carry bill back to Senate committee. And he has more legislation to further the carrying of weapons in Arkansas.

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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 16:23:00

Criminal justice reform bill clears Senate

An omnibus criminal justice bill that aims to stem the growth of Arkansas prisons and save the state money cleared the Senate on Monday 27-4.

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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 16:17:00

ABC board gets two new members, including new chair Dan Greenberg

The board of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division is now chaired by Dan Greenberg, the president of a conservative think tank and a former Republican legislator from Little Rock.

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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 15:35:00

Grocery store wine bill fails on first vote in House

SB 284, the bill to allow sale of all wines in grocery store, failed on its first run in the House today, with the vote 47-33 and 12 present. So it will receive another vote.

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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 14:33:00

To the briefs: Some reading in Little Rock police shooting lawsuit

Late last week, the attorney for the plaintiff in the lawsuit over former Police Officer Josh Hastings' killing of a car burglary suspect asked for a rehearing of Judge Brian Miller's finding that the city and a former police chief could not be liable in the case.

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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 13:37:00

New round of execution dates set, but ...

Channel 4 reports that Gov. Asa Hutchinson has again set execution dates for eight Death Row inmates. He did so over strong objections from inmates' attorneys.

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  • Governor lauds King, but there's work to be done

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson has made several public appearances today as part of the observance of King Day and his remarks have included lauding the state's 2017 action (and his own) in ending the dual observance of King's birthday with that of a man who fought to preserve slavery, Robert E. Lee. I have one brief observation on his remarks:

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