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Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 22:57:00

Death row inmate dies in solitary cell

Arkansas Department of Correction announced late this evening that Roger Coulter, a death row inmate at Varner Supermax, died in a solitary cell at 6:28p.m. He was 57.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 16:49:00

The Widening Drug Rehab Scandal Edition

Sen. Jim Hendren and the drug court rehab program scandal, the planned execution of Jack Greene and the big national political stories this week — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 16:44:42

Two guards attacked last night in Arkansas prison

State prison officials reported another attack on guards last night, at the unit in Dermott.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 15:01:00

'Good guys with guns' complicate hunt for Walmart shooter in Colorado

More guns make you safer? Here's a report from Think Progress quoting Colorado authorities about how the number of people with guns complicated the search for the man who killed three in a random shooting in  Walmart.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 15:01:00

Death Row inmate Jack Greene releases last will and testament

Lawyers for Jack Gordon Greene, the death row inmate convicted in the brutal killing Sidney Brumett, released his last will and testament.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 14:55:00

Theft from doctors' business offices brings 45-month federal sentence

Lynn Alisa Espejo, 53, of Sherwood was sentenced in federal court today to 45 months in prison for a scheme in which she stole more than $600,000 while working for companies that manage physicians' business expenses.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 14:22:00

Another week done: The open line

Here's the open line. Also, the daily video report.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 13:52:00

Government report details climate change threat

Because it had no alternative under the law, the Trump Administration released today a report detailing the dire threats of climate change.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 12:37:00

Rutledge aide heading to the White House

Judd Deere, communications director for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, will leave the post Nov. 17 to go to work as director of state and local communications in the Trump White House.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 12:28:00

Governor, court clear way for Jack Greene's execution

Gov. Asa Hutchinson won't stop the scheduled Nov. 9 execution of Jack Greene, convicted of capital murder in Johnson County.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 10:47:00

The state waits on changes to its Medicaid expansion program

David Ramsey reports for the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network on the delay in changes Gov. Asa Hutchinson hopes to make in the state's Medicaid expansion program to reduce the numbers who qualify.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 10:36:00

Today's audits: Corporate welfare and criminal referrals

Arkansas Legislative Audit presented reports on a couple of important topics today: tax incentives and the outcome of cases referred to prosecutors for review for potential criminal prosecutions.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 09:50:00

State tourism official warns of economic damage from "bathroom bill'

John Lovett of the Times-Record in Fort Smith reports on remarks this week by top state tourism officials and a warning about the damaging impact on tourism should Arkansas adopt a so-called bathroom bill that prevents transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender identity.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 09:38:00

UA to be site of world-record strip attempt

A world record attempt is scheduled Sunday at the University of Arkansas. It involves a woman taking off a wetsuit.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 07:41:00

Tales of sexual harassment in Congress

The Associated Press reports on interviews with congresswomen about their brushes with sexual harassment in Washington.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 07:35:00

Joint Clinton appearance set for 25th anniversary of presidential win

A weekend of events and a reunion of campaigners is planned at the Clinton Presidential Center in two weeks, Nov. 17-19, to mark the 25th anniversary of Bill Clinton's election as president. Bill and Hillary Clinton will speak at one event open to the public.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 07:22:00

Republican tax plan continues to draw questions, criticism

Is the Republican tax plan a true boon to others beside the wealthy, who'd reap enormous savings? Some say no.

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 07:11:00

Benton County justice: Judge defends challenged unpaid work for rehabilitation

40/29 TV has done some in-depth reporting on the sentencing of drug court defendants to unpaid jobs at Simmons Foods and Hendren Plastics, a long-running practice that is now the subject of multiple lawsuits.

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