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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 16:03:00

Woo pig! An open line

Here's your open line.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 08:21:00

While Puerto Ricans suffered, Trump golfed

A Washington Post timeline illustrates the Trump administration's lack of urgency in dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 08:02:00

Arkansas lags on decline in teen birth rate. Also, coincidentally, in sex education

Vox reports on the stunning drop in the teen birth rate nationwide — 

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Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 07:31:00

City spending on I-30 ditch no longer a 'consent' item on board agenda

The Little Rock City Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday (not Tuesday as is customary) and items up for discussion include authorizing an additional $175,000 to Nelson/Nygaard Consulting "to assist the city with its responsibilities to the Arkansas Department ofTransportation during the I-30 Crossing Project. "

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 17:23:00

The We're Not Stupid Edition

The events celebrating the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High, the future of abortion in Arkansas a new ruling on a law to restrict panhandling and more — covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 16:09:00

State trooper complains over being hit by another trooper

State Police Lt. John Overman says he suffered a "lifelong" injury in January when he was struck by a police car driven by Trooper Alan Aiken during chase of a suspect, 40/29 reports.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 15:45:00

BREAKING: Tom Price has resigned

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has resigned thanks to the scandal over his abuse of private and military planes for extensive travel.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 15:32:00

Sheriff's office identifies victim in 23-year-old slaying

The Pulaski sheriff's office said today that advanced FBI fingerprint technology had provided the identification of a person found shot to death 23 years ago in a creek in the Palarm area west of Maumelle — Cynthia Robinson, then 35

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 14:36:00

Hutchinson calls for action on inmate violence

Injuries this week to three guards at two prison units have prompted Gov. Asa Hutchinson to ask prison officials for an "action plan" to improve security, AP reports.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 14:29:00

New analysis: Trump tax cut mostly helps the rich. Duh

The New York Times reports on a nonpartisan review of the Trump/Republican tax plan, such as is known: A windfall for the wealthy.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 14:25:00

Conway's Randi House is Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Randi House, a kindergarten teacher at Theodore Jones Elementary in the Conway School District, is this year's Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 13:13:00

TGIF: Open line and news roundup

Friday's open line plus news and comment, starting with the (grim) reality show presidency.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 12:42:00

Law-breaking sheriff won't get new law enforcement job in Carroll County

Protests about a job offer to Kelley Cradduck in the Carroll County sheriff's office has caused the sheriff there, Randy Mayfield, to withdraw the job for the former Benton County sheriff, who left office after a documents tampering investigation.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 12:05:00

Jason Baldwin on jailhouse snitches

Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three writes about how prosecutors' threats and rewards can lead to jailhouse snitches with "believable stories." And how those believable stories can put innocent people behind bars.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 10:01:00

Arkansan defends role on Trump election commission

Donald Trump's so-called election integrity commission is a transparent attempt to advance the Republican Party's voter suppression agenda. Recently uncovered e-mail shows that one leading backer objected to any Democratic participation at all. But a handful of Democrats, including one from Arkansas, seem to be pushing back.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 09:11:00

ACLU's fight to hold Arkansas accountable on gay rights

Rita Sklar, executive director of the Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, has written an update on the ACLU's defense of a Fayetteville civil rights ordinance that expands anti-discrimination protection to LGBTQ people in employment, housing and public accommodations. Noteworthy: State resistance to accountability in the lawsuit.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 07:12:00

Call out the women. Again.

A coming event paying tribute to the Women's Emergency Committee reminds that there's a school emergency in Little Rock 60 years later and, again, some strong women have not been sitting by idly.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 07:02:00

Air Trump: The swamp dwellers fly high

The rarified tastes of Trump cabinet members for private air travel continue to draw attention worth summarizing this morning as the president touts a tax plan that benefits the wealthy and which his own spokesman says he can't guarantee won't raise middle-class taxes.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 20:30:26

Time to vote for your favorite bars, beer and booze

Now's the time to relay your favorites in our annual Toast of the Town survey on local bars, beer and booze. The poll is open through Oct. 2.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 18:20:37

UPDATE: Inmate assaults at Tucker Max and Varner prisons

UPDATE: The Correction Department reported injuries to guards at two prison units today.

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