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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 16:01:00

New Rock the Culture podcast: 'Pushback'

Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on the petition to eliminate the at-large director positions on the Little Rock City Board, UA-Little Rock’s effort to start a football team, and lawsuits filed against the LRPD related to termination of police staff due to the use of racially charged words on social media. They also discuss the current efforts to provide resources to the homeless population with the executive director of Jericho’s Way, Mandy Davis.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 15:59:00

More Little Rock City Board filings

Two more candidates filed today for Little Rock city office, neither a surprise.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 15:22:00

Judge denies preliminary injunction on Issue One to limit lawsuits, but challenge continues

Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce today turned down a taxpayer lawsuit requesting an injunction to block the counting of votes on Issue One, the constitutional amendment to limit damage lawsuits, cap attorney fees and usurp control of court rules by the legislature. But he said the plaintiff could continue to argue that the proposal was an unconstitutional combination of multiple amendments

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 15:06:00

Good guys with guns: Sometimes it doesn't work out.

With Jeff Sessions and Lake Hamilton officials talking tomorrow about how more guns in properly trained hands are the ticket to school safety, here's a good-guys-with-guns story that went awry.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 14:04:00

Tuesday open line

The open line and the daily news roundup.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 13:46:00

Death Row inmate had blade in cell, was facing discipline for use of banned substance when suicide attempted

Details were released today on an apparent suicide attempt July 12 by Death Row inmate Don Davis.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 12:28:00

Death reported of suspect who shot police dog in State Police chase

The State Police said a suspect shot by officers during a chase Monday night in which the man killed a police dog died in a hospital today.

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Today's headlines: Legislature goes home but their skulduggery continues

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:36:00

Cutting edge Arkansas government at work

Take Arkansas government. Please.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:05:00

Leslie Rutledge gets national attention for past record on racial issues

Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, facing Democrat Mike Lee for re-election, gets some unflattering national attention from Salon for her record, back to the racist email she shared in her days as a state Human Services attorney (before the famous "do not rehire" notation on her DHS personnel record.)

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 09:50:00

DeVos drops out of Arkansas appearance with Sessions UPDATE

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has canceled her appearance with Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday at Lake Hamilton schools in Pearcy. But Sessions will still be on hand with others.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 07:48:00

You've heard of public TV. How about public newspapers?

The New York Times reports today on an effort in New Jersey to provide taxpayer money to support local newspapers. If public dollars support public radio and public TV, why not newspapers, too? Apart from the enormous philosophical question, I can see some political difficulties.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 07:35:00

Speaking of religious discrimination: What about Planned Parenthood?

Linda Satter of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported this morning that federal Judge Kristine Baker had turned down Planned Parenthood's argument that the state of Arkansas's cutoff of Medicaid funding for medical services amounted to an unconstitutional punishment for Planned Parenthood's exercise of 1st Amendment rights. It is the other foot of the "religious discrimination" argument now being raised by Republicans.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 07:21:00

Supreme Court faces ruling on one of its own

Comcast and the parent of KTVH, Channel 11 yesterday appealed Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling blocking the airing of TV ads critical of Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson, who's in a runoff with David Sterling to hold onto her court seat. Does this mean special justices will hear the case.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 16:56:00

Jeff Sessions' Arkansas trip includes a Little Rock stop

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who we'd already said would be at Lake Hamilton schools Wednesday with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to talk up more armed staff in schools, also plans a stop in Little Rock to talk crime.

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Monday, July 30, 2018 - 16:01:00

LeBron James, education reformer. Attn. Waltons.

Give a read to the new public school basketball star LeBron James is backing to serve at-risk kids in Akron. Imagine if a wealthy philanthropist would try this in Little Rock,

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Monday, July 30, 2018 - 13:25:00

Another week, another open line

Here we go again. Open line and news roundup.

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Monday, July 30, 2018 - 12:20:00

Medicare/Medicaid rally set today

Members of Arkansas Community Organization and others will rally at the Governor's Mansion this afternoon to mark the 53rd anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. Some will join a bus trip for an Aug. 1 demonstration in Washington. It's a good day to remember Wilbur D. Mills, the Arkansas congressman who was an architect of the programs.

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Monday, July 30, 2018 - 11:28:00

Minimum wage drive gets more time to gather signatures

The backers of an initiated act to increase the state's minimum wage fell short of the required signatures to qualify for the ballot but gathered enough for a 30-day extension of signature gathering.

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Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:58:00

Maumelle woman shoots boyfriend after car dispute

Maumelle police are investigating a shooting Sunday morning in which a Maumelle woman shot her boyfriend in the abdomen as he tried to enter her apartment. No charges have been filed so far.

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Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:50:00

Wife shoots husband over porn purchase

Here's the Arkansas story that circled the world this weekend: A 69-year-old Jefferson County woman shot her 65-year-old husband dead with a .22 pistol for defying her with repeat video porn purchases.

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