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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 19:26:00

Rickey Dale Newman freed from prison after years on Death Row

Rickey Dale Newman, on Death Row for more than 15 years, walked out of prison a free man about 2 p.m. this afternoon after charges against him were dropped.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 17:09:00

Sen. Elliott worries prison officials response to violence "just more punishment"

Director Wendy Kelley and other Arkansas Department of Correction officials were asked questions today by legislators at a meeting of the Charitable, Penal and Correctional Institutions subcommittee about the department's plans to deal with a number of recent violent incidents. Answers were unclear and often relied on "just more punishment," said Senator Joyce Elliott, chair of the committee.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 15:42:00

Clarke Tucker writes of recent cancer treatment and good prognosis

State Rep. Clarke Tucker, the Little Rock Democrat, has posted on Facebook some good news —he's  cancer-free and has a good prognosis after August surgery and chemotherapy for bladder cancer.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 14:45:00

Wednesday: Open line and the daily news report

The open line and the daily news roundup.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 13:41:00

Arkansas man arrested in Charlottesville beating

On-line sleuthing apparently contributed to the arrest of an Arkansas man, Jacob Goodwin, 22, of Ward in the beating of a black man during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12:43:00

PSC chair raps Trump administration idea to help coal producers

Kyle Massey of Arkansas Business has coverage of Arkansas Public Service Commission Chair Ted Thomas' remarks on Energy Secretary Rick Perry's idea to give an edge to coal and nuclear fuel in power plant ratemaking. He was critical.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:40:00

Meth/gun bust involving white supremacists in Pope and Yell Counties

The U.S. attorney's office has announced that new U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland will get camera time on his first full day in office with a news conference in Russellville announcing a drug bust that involves white supremacists.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 10:32:00

City of Little Rock buying two tornado "safe rooms"

The city of Little Rock has provided some more information about a recent legal ad asking for bids on "safe rooms."  They are for protection against severe weather, not unhappy citizenry.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 10:10:00

LRPD reports Tuesday night homicide

Little Rock police say they are investigating a homicide Tuesday night at apartments at 2123 Labette Manor.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 09:39:00

Trump engages in junk science in defending end of birth control mandate

Birth control is health care, and not only for family planning. Women understand that, even if Donald Trump doesn't in ending a mandate for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 07:38:00

The blood business: A supplier change in Central Arkansas

The Red Cross is getting out of the business of collecting blood in Central Arkansas. It's big business that produces significant revenue for the nonprofit that will continue the work.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 07:14:00

Lawsuit filed over unpaid labor by drug defendants for Arkansas poultry company

A lawsuit alleging labor law violations by drug court defendants whose rehabilitation required largely unpaid labor for Arkansas poultry companies has been filed in federal court in Oklahoma. Investigations are underway in both Oklahoma and Arkansas for fraud in payment of workers compensation injury benefits.

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