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Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 17:07:00

The Asa's Health Care Pitch Edition

Governor Hutchinson’s critique of the Senate health care bill, the erection and destruction of the 10 Commandments monument, the U.S. Supreme Court and birth certificates for same-sex married couples and the appointment of Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland to U.S. Attorney — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 - 17:05:00

State revises revenue forecast again, this time upward

The state Finance and Administration Department announced today that it was putting $60 million back into the forecast for revenue for the year ending today, after an earlier $70 million cut.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 - 16:57:00

How Neil Gorsuch screwed up dissent in Arkansas birth certificate case

An important analysis in Slate by Mark Stern explains how badly Neil Gorsuch got the facts and legal analysis wrong in writing a dissent to the U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that Arkansas unconstitutionally discriminated against married same-sex couples by preventing the listing of both parents on birth certificates.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 - 14:55:00

Friday's open line

Here;s the open line. And the last news roundup of the week.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 - 14:53:18

Arkansas Heirloom Tomatoes at Edwards Food Giant for the Fourth of July weekend

We are receiving another 300 pounds of large heirloom tomatoes Saturday morning from Arkansas Times Publisher Alan Leveritt's India Blue Farm. Our first shipment Wednesday sold out in seven hours so we recommend that you come early.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 - 14:15:00

The mean streets of Little Rock

Susanne Brunner tweets for KARK/Fox 16 that a shooting this morning in downtown Little Rock was explained by police as a "drug deal gone bad." It was the 11th shooting in 10 days in Little Rock.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 - 12:20:00

Wyden questions contact between Medicaid director and Arkansas

Sen. Ron Wyden, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, is raising questions about talks between Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Dennis Smith, a Medicaid advisor to the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 - 10:35:00

Class action lawsuit filed against makers of addictive opioids

A class action lawsuit was filed Thursday in the federal court in Fayetteville against makers of opioid drugs for deceptive marketing of the addictive drugs for chronic pain, leading to a crisis of drug addiction.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 - 09:47:00

Texas Supreme Court bends to politics on same-sex marriage benefits. Bad news everywhere

Texas Republicans haven't given up the fight against same-sex marriage and their political pressure on that state's Supreme Court today paid off.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 - 07:42:00

Arkansas's Rutledge joins effort to end protection for immigrants who came as children

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and nine other state legal officers, including Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, have asked Donald Trump to end the Obama program that allowed people who came to the U.S. as children to remain and work without fear of deportation.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 - 07:28:00

'Morning Joe' hosts fire back at Trump

Mika Brzezinskiand Joe Scarborough fired back at Donald Trump on their "Morning Joe" show on MSNBC this morning following his Twitter blast at them yesterday.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 - 07:13:00

Trump's voter commission already stirring criticism

Donald Trump's appointment of an "election integrity" commission including Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach raised red flags from the start and its activities have already spurred more concerns.

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Friday, June 30, 2017 - 06:06:00

Thursday's open line

The Thursday open line, plus news and comment leading with the governor's criticism of the Senate health legislation.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 17:08:00

Trump nominates Cody Hiland to be U.S. attorney for eastern district

As expected, Donald Trump has nominated Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland of Conway to be U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. He must be confirmed by the Senate.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 15:57:00

Judge rules Jeff Herweg ineligible to serve as Jacksonville police chief

Circuit Judge Alice Gray ruled today that Jeff Herweg is likely to lose a lawsuit contesting his eligibility to serve as Jacksonville police chief.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 14:12:00

Talk tonight with Police Chief Kenton Buckner

Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner begins a series of "chat with the chief" events at 6 p.m. tonight at the Roosevelt Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle.  The public is invited to hear the chief talk about police work, crime and community relations and ask questions.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 13:09:00

Opponent for Rapert starts campaign tonight

Maureen Skinner begins her campaign for state Senate against incumbent Republican Sen. Jason Rapert with an event in Conway tonight.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:44:00

'Mental health concerns' cited at arraignment of monument destruction suspect

Michael Reed of Van Buren, charged with destroying the new Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol early Wednesday, was arraigned today by County District Judge Wayne Gruber.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:41:00

Gov. Hutchinson says major change needed in Senate health legislation

Gov. Asa Hutchinson outlined four major changes he'd like to see in Republican-backed health legislation pending in the Senate.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:31:00

Finalists announced for next chancellor of UAMS

Univesity of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt has announced two finalists — from North Carolina and Texas — to succeed the retiring Dan Rahn as chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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