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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The open line, plus: Arkansas Democrats elect Gray party chair; two dead in shootings

Posted By on Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 5:04 PM

Here's the Saturday open line, with some Democratic Party news and more violent deaths in Little Rock.

click to enlarge DEMOCRATIC OFFICERS: Taking the oath.
  • DEMOCRATIC OFFICERS: Taking the oath.

* DEMOCRATIC PARTY: A variety of social media accounts (though none that I've yet found officially associated with the Arkansas Democratic Party) say state Rep Michael John Gray was elected new chair of the party, succeeding Vince Insalaco, at the state executive committee meeting today. Thanks to the Facebook page of Drew Pritt, who made an unsuccessful race for one party position, for the photo of new officers. That's Gray, third from left. Six candidates had sought the office. I note a Facebook post that said one of them, Denise Firman Garner of Fayetteville, led a standing ovation for Gray after the election at a meeting in North Little Rock attended by more than 200.

* DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN LITTLE ROCK: Little Rock police say two people were fatally wounded about 8:30 p.m. Friday by gunfire at the Spring Valley Apartments at8701 Interstate 30. Lewis Wallace, who would have turned 20 Monday, was found dead in the courtyard of the apartments. Stevie Howard, 19, was seriously wounded and died Saturday. Police said two men wearing black were seen running from the scene, but offered no other details.

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