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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 16:18:00

Jim Hendren ends arrangement for drug court labor

The Associated Press is reporting that Sen. Jim Hendren's plastics company has terminated an arrangement with a nonprofit agency that supplied him workers in a drug court program where payments went to the nonprofit, not the workers.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 15:55:00

Truck kills eight on NYC bike path

A truck driving the wrong way down a bike path along the West Side Highway in New York City has killed as many as six and the driver was shot by police.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 14:00:00

Trick or treat open line

Tuesday's open line. And the daily news video.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 13:55:00

$3.5 million approved by Board of Corrections to upgrade recreational pens blamed in breakouts; $2.5 million for overtime

The Board of Corrections approved $3.5 million of security upgrades to Arkansas's prisons. These include the 400 bed expansion of isolation cells and other measures Senator Joyce Elliott has worried is "just more punishment."

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 10:02:00

New reporting on use of drug court defendants at senator's manufacturing company

Reveal, the website of the Center for Investigative Reporting, has expanded its reporting on the use of drug court defendants as unpaid laborers at the plastics manufacturing company headed by Sen. Jim Hendren, the Republican majority leader, nephew of the governor and one of the most influential members of the legislature.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 09:29:00

The Arkansas Silents: Congressmen stonewall questions on Trump-Russia

Looks like Jacob Kauffman of KUAR got the same response I got yesterday to messages seeking comment from Arkansas members of Congress to news of indictments and a plea bargain in the Trump-Russia investigation: Silence.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 08:59:00

But ..... emails

Happy anniversary, New York Times

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 07:40:00

Arkansan Albert Pike's statue unwelcome in Washington, D.C. And everywhere.

A statue of Albert Pike, who spent important years in Arkansas, stands in Washington, D.C. and there's wide agreement the statue of the secessionist and Confederate general should go. But there's a problem

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 07:22:00

Governor's Asian travel tab put at $70,000

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's trade mission to Asia this week will cost approximately $70,079, said Jeff Moore of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 13:47:00

Open line and the Monday video

What a Monday. The line is open.

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 12:38:00

Little Rock to get nonstop air service to Washington

Clinton National Airport announced today that American Airlines would begin nonstop flights between Little Rock and Reagan National Airport in Washington on April 3.

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 12:19:00

Judge suspends Trump's transgender military ban

A partial victory for equal rights today. A federal judge has suspended Donald Trump's ban on military service, at least insofar as existing service members are concerned. But the judge allowed a suspension of transgender enlistment to remain in place.

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 11:13:00

Entergy plans another major solar project, this one near Lake Village

A state Public Service Commission docket indicates Entergy Arkansas is continuing to expand its power generation to renewable sources — specifically a 100-megawatt generating facility in Chicot County.

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:50:00

Your chance to comment on higher speed limits

The Arkansas highway department is asking for public comments on a recommendation by department staff for changes in highway speed limits.

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:12:00

City offers parking ticket amnesty for homeless shelter donations

The city of Little Rock is offering amnesty on outstanding parking tickets in return for contributions to Jericho Way, which operates the city's homeless day shelter on Springer Boulevard.

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 09:20:00

Two indictments and a plea bargain related to Trump campaign digging for Hillary dirt UPDATE

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime business partner Rick Gates have been charged in a 12-count indictment with conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money and making false statements. But a plea bargain with a Trump campaigner is the real news.

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 07:14:00

Restorative justice or extortion? Shoplifting consequences at Walmart

The Marshall Project's ongoing look at justice system practices has produced another example of extraction of money from potential criminal defendants, this time in a practice in which Walmart participates.

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 06:57:00

Environmental regulation in Arkansas: toxic divide

The state's top environmental regulator won't talk to the state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission? Gov. Hutchinson, Arkansas has a problem.

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 06:33:00

The opioid crisis goes to court in Little Rock

The opioid crisis — overprescription of painkillers with resulting addiction and death — may or may not prompt serious government action, but it will keep the courts busy. Little Rock trial lawyer Tab Turner last week filed a lawsuit in Pulaski Circuit Court on behalf of one plaintiff and said he has 20 similar lawsuits in the works for Arkansas,

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 16:55:00

The indictment watch open line

The world waits for news from Robert Mueller not to mention the Trump Twitter storm that will ensue if an indictment is issued tomorrow to turn attention to Hillary's e-mail or uranium or something bogus.

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