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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 19:32:00

Open Line

Over to you.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 16:20:00

PCSO: Body found in Arkansas River identified

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office announced today that they have identified a man whose body was found floating in the Arkansas River on December 30.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 13:49:00

Walmart shoplifting punishment program suspended

An alternative punishment program for Walmart shoplifters has been suspended after backlash, reports the Wall Street Journal. It was touted as restorative justice but a judge called the program "textbook extortion."

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 13:36:00

March again! With a focus on voting: Jan. 20

The March on the Polls will be held Jan. 20 and will team up with the 8th annual Rally for Reproductive Justice. Speakers will address the democratic ideals that are facing threats: Immigrants, and DACA. Public education, particularly the Little Rock School District. Sex education. The struggle of LGBTQ Americans.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 12:35:00

Bending the cost curve? New data shows that health spending growth has slowed dramatically.

One rather remarkable finding from a new Kaiser Family Foundation report, based on newly released National Health Expenditure data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Health spending continues to grow, but per capita growth has slowed and is now much closer to the GDP per capita rate of growth.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 12:06:00

Trump administration seeks to sabotage the census

The Trump administration seeks to add a citizenship question to the census for the first time in 70 years, likely creating a chilling effect for undocumented immigrants that could badly skew the results.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 11:08:00

Voters prioritize CHIP; GOP Congress not so much

It has now been three months since the federal government allowed funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — which provides health coverage for 9 million lower-income children, including 400,000 kids who are covered by ARKids — to lapse. This December poll from Politico and Harvard caught my eye: When given a list of 15 domestic policy issues identified in the media as potential areas on which Congress could take action this year, the top priority was renewing CHIP funding.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 09:53:00

Paul Spencer raises $135,000 in fourth quarter

Paul Spencer, one of two declared Democratic candidates for the state's Second Congressional District, announced his fourth quarter fundraising totals today.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 09:18:00

South Carolina lawmakers want to build monument to non-existent black Confederate soldiers

The Lost Causers are nothing if not committed to their myths. Let's hope Arkansas legislators don't get any ideas.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 08:29:00

The Jan Morgan experience

Guns, memes, and steel.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 07:18:00

Supreme Court could open door to collection of sales tax on ALL sales

The U.S. Supreme Court may open the door to forcing Internet retailers to collect state and local sales taxes even in states where they have no physical presence. It should.

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