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Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 22:55:00

Disparate interests of large, small marijuana business hopefuls on display at public rules hearing

The hearing was not acrimonious, but the substance of the public comment illustrated divergent visions for the heavily regulated industry-to-be. Will Arkansas marijuana be dominated by out-of-state marijuana interests?

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 17:43:00

The End Is Near Edition

The nearly concluded legislative session, the state’s troubled financial picture and more — covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 15:55:00

Resist, persist. A message for the season

A song of resistance and persistence for the season.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 15:48:00

Abortion protesters lose lawsuit over arrest for loudspeakers

Federal Judge Kristine Baker today dismissed complaints by abortion protesters who'd been arrested, but acquitted on charges of  violating a noise ordinance for refusing to turn down a loudspeaker during a protest outside an abortion clinic in Little Rock in September 2012.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 14:56:00

Kevin Duck guilty, sentenced to life in 2011 murder of Hot Springs Village PD dispatcher

A Garland County jury today found Kevin Duck, 33, guilty in the murder of his girlfriend, Dawna Natzke, a Hot Springs Village Police Department dispatcher whose body was found floating a remote pond near Hot Springs Village in December 2011.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 14:37:00

House rejects racial impact bill

The House today rejected Sen. Joyce Elliott's bill to allow a racial impact statement on certain criminal law changes.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 14:15:00

Friday: An open line and the day's news roundup

The open line and daily video.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:23:00

School voucher bill defeated on 43-50 vote

The House today defeated SB 746 to begin a school voucher program to put public money in private schools.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:10:00

Senate approves amendment to ban guns from college athletics

The Senate today approved SB 724 to provide exemptions from a new expanded concealed weapon bill to allow them to be banned from college athletic events. The vote was 23-7 and the bill goes to the governor.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:54:00

League of Women Voters undecided so far on LR school tax vote

The League of Women Voters, a traditional supporter of school taxes, says it is undecided on the vote May 9 to extend 12.4 mills of taxes for 14 years in the Little Rock School District to finance various construction projects, at a cost to taxpayers of at least a half-billion dollars.So it will have a debate on the tax at a general meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the Hall High School media center.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:53:00

State objects to order on execution drug

The state filed at the open of business today its request that the Arkansas Supreme Court stay Judge Wendell Griffen's order that the state Correction Department must turn over some manufacturer's information about an execution drug not specifically covered in the law that grants broad secrecy to the execution process.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:27:00

Senate soundly rejects House speaker's constitutional amendment

The Senate thrashed House Speaker Jeremy Gillam's proposed constitutional amendment on amendments this morning, but it could get another vote.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:14:00

Another to veto: An anti-consumer bill heading to governor's desk

A nursing home lawsuit appears to be at the root of one of the worst bills of the session — to eliminate class action lawsuits under the deceptive trade practices act. It's heading to the governor, who should veto it.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 09:55:00

One to veto: An anti-1st Amendment bill from Trent Garner

UN experts are speaking out against danger to freedom of assembly in legislation proposed by Sen. Trent Garner in Arkansas and mirrored by Republican legislation in 18 other states.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 07:50:00

'Dream Land': Don't miss this new documentary from AETN

A new AETN documentary on Little Rock's West Ninth Street black business district of yore is a cinema masterpiece and no period piece. It is achingly relevant today.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 07:29:00

Campus carry bill creates expensive, bureaucratic maze that seems likely to apply only to major sports, such as Razorback football

The version of Arkansas gun legislation likely to be approved in the Senate today creates a bureautic morass and significant campus expense to keep concealed weapons out of college athletic events. Realistically, the procedure is likely to be followed only for the biggest events, such as Razorback football.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 20:50:00

Judge orders state to release execution drug info

A judge has ruled the state must reveal some information about execution drugs that the state wants to keep secret.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 17:08:00

Amended racial impact study bill clears House committee

An amended version of a bill that would allow for racial impact assessments for certain criminal justice bills advanced out of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday on a 10-7 vote with three members not voting.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 16:48:00

House approves gun bill amendments despite NRA resistance

The House today approved SB 724, the cleanup of some questions raised following passage of a bill expanding where concealed weapons can be carried in Arkansas.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 15:43:00

Thursday's open line

The Thursday open line and daily video.

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