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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 16:01:00

Hot enough? UPDATE: A heat wave to melt ICE

Here is Saturday’s open line. A hot day was marked by protest against Trump's immigration policies.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 07:32:00

Footloose in Fort Smith: Repeal of Sunday dancing ban set

Fort Smith is preparing to repeal an ordinance that banned dance hall opertion on Sundays.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 07:21:00

Prank caller put through to Air Force One

A radio shock jock and blogger worked his way through White House phone operators by impersonating a U.S. senator and got hooked up with Donald Trump on Air Force One.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 22:35:00

Robin Raveendran and Person 9 in the Cranford/Preferred Family Healthcare web

The federal criminal information released as part of former lobbyist Rusty Cranford's June 7 guilty plea on bribery charges describes a Person 9 who worked for the nonprofit healthcare provider Preferred Family Healthcare and was associated with Cranford. The description of Person 9 appears to match Robin Raveendran, the former PFH executive — and former longtime staffer at the state's Department of Human Services — who was arrested Thursday in a separate case, charged in Independence County with two felony counts of Medicaid fraud after an investigation by the state's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 21:04:00

Preferred Family Healthcare to appeal state's suspension of Medicaid payments

A spokesperson for PFH said wrongdoing at the nonprofit was limited to certain former employees and PFH as a whole shouldn't be punished.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 17:29:00

Pearls About Swine on the Razorbacks' College World Series collapse

We Razorback fans have such a jaded and fatalistic view of the world, that this column was both painfully rote and foretold.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 17:17:00

The Crooks in Government Edition

The arrest of a former Medicaid integrity director, the suspension of a major health care provider from Medicaid, the arrest of a state representative for failure to pay taxes and more — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 16:08:00

School safety commission suggests armed guards in every school

The Arkansas School Safety Commission released its draft recommendations today to Gov. Asa Hutchinson and they include a recommendation for armed security at every campus.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 15:17:00

State suspends Preferred Family Healthcare from Medicaid; DHS moves to terminate contracts

Big news: The state Human Services Department has suspended Preferred Family Healthcare from the Medicaid program.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 14:56:00

Federal court strikes down Kentucky's Medicaid work requirement; DHS says Arkansas unaffected

A federal district court has struck down Kentucky's new work requirement to qualify for Medicaid. Arkansas is preparing to impose a similar requirement.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 13:58:00

The Corrupt Arkansas open line

Felonious conduct and inadequate or non-existent ethical standards at the Capitol — just another day in Arkansas. Talk about it on the open line.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 13:00:00

Medical Marijuana Commission to meet Monday but not on cultivation permits

The state Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Monday but it will NOT discuss the hotly controversial permit process for marijuana cultivation.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 12:18:00

Racop wins lawsuit to force LRPD to share officers' photos

City Board candidate Russ Racop reports that Judge Wendell Griffen ruled in his favor today on his Freedom of Information Act lawsuit challenging Police Chief Kenton Buckner's decision to stop releasing photographs of Little Rock police officers.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:40:00

Big River Steel announces $1.2 billion expansion

Big River Steel has announced a $1.2 billion expansion of its scrap recycling and steel production mill in Mississippi County.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:06:00

FBI public corruption probe produces another felony Medicaid fraud charge in Batesville

Robin Raveendran, a former Medicaid integrity director who later joined Preferred Family Healthcare, was charged Thursday with a felony fraud charge that grew out of the FBI public corruption investigation, the Batesville Guard reports. The charge details more than $2 million in fraudulent charges.It develops that the state suspected something was amiss in billing procedures, but the company fought to keep the system in place. The investigation was renewed only after the FBI tipped state officials.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 10:20:00

Term limits? What term limits?

The item about a challenger to Sen. Cecile Bledsoe reminds me of a potential issue on the November ballot for which Bledsoe could be a poster child — term limits.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 09:39:00

Democratic Senate candidate presses for GIF spending disclosure by all legislators

Jon Comstock, a Democrat challenging Republican Sen. Cecile Bledsoe for the District 3 state Senate seat, wants more legislative accountability for voters. Among other ideas, he wants full and specific disclosure by each legislator of money they spent from the discredited General Improvement Fund pork barrel from 2013-17.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 08:47:00

So much for ethics: GOP not ready to criticize tax cheat UPDATE

The Arkansas Republican Party wants to let the system work before saying whether long-time tax deadbeat Mickey Gates, the Republican representative from Hot Springs, should give up his seat in the Arkansas House or not seek re-election next year. The record is ample that Gates is unfit to serve, whether he's convicted of the six felonies with which he is charged or not.

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 08:06:00

Police kill Russellville man after shots fired

Joshua Cartwright, 36, who reportedly fired at bail bondsmen and police officers was killed in an exchange of gunfire early this morning in Russellville. The standoff had forced evacuations of homes nearby and shutdown power to part of the campus of Arkansas Tech

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 07:51:00

The attack on journalists: It's still about the guns

The Maryland newsroom slaughter illustrates the perils of doing journalism, but, more than that, it's about guns.

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