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Friday, August 31, 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 16:49:00

It's official: Jeremy Hutchinson issues resignation letter

The letter arrived to the governor's office late this afternoon.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 16:23:00

Open line

Over to you.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 16:04:00

Governor's School may move to Tech, and Rapert is hot about it

Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) is vociferously protesting on his Facebook page a committee's choice of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville for the 2019 Arkansas Governor's School instead of Hendrix College in Conway, which has sponsored the program for rising seniors since its inception 38 years ago.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 15:47:00

Democratic congressional candidate Hayden Shamel expresses opposition to measures limiting damages to malpractice victims

Hayden Shamel, a 36-year-old Hot Springs teacher and chair of the Garland County Democratic Party who is running for the 4th District Congressional seat against incumbent Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman, issued a statement today expressing opposition to so-called "tort reform" measures in Congress and on the state ballot this November.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 15:25:00

Trump jokes Sarah Huckabee Sanders having "a nervous breakdown"

Asked by Bloomberg reporters yesterday whether the late Sen. John McCain would have made a better president than Barack Obama had he won in 2008, President Trump had zero to say.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 15:15:00

Democrats respond to Hutchinson indictment

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Henderson released a statement this afternoon in the wake of Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson's indictment, with a sharp rebuke of his opponent, the senator's uncle, Governor Asa Hutchinson. Plus statements from other prominent Arkansas Democrats.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 13:20:00

State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson to resign following federal indictment

The indictment alleges that Hutchinson converted more than $200,000 in campaign contributions to his personal use over the period 2010 to 2017.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 12:43:00

State House candidate Gayatri Agnew reveals her secret rock & roll past

Gayatri Agnew of Bentonville, a Democratic candidate for the District 93 seat in northwest Arkansas currently held by Rep. Jim Dotson, revealed on Twitter that she was once a bassist in an all-female grunge band. Dotson, a right-wing graduate of Ecclesia College, has never been in a grunge band, so far as I know.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 11:30:00

Legislative subcommittee to examine inmate deaths at Varner

The death of five inmates this week at the Varner Unit has prompted state Sen. Joyce Elliott to call a meeting of the legislative subcommittee on correctional institutions that she chairs, the Democrat-Gazette reports. Illicit drugs are suspected as the cause of death. The meeting of the Subcommittee on Charitable, Penal and Correctional Institutions will take place next Tuesday.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 10:47:00

Aretha Franklin's funeral underway

Aretha Franklin's funeral is underway in Detroit. The service began with a musical tribute from the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir. Former President Bill Clinton is among those expected to speak.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 09:15:00

Starting tomorrow, some Arkansans will lose Medicaid due to work requirement

A group of Arkansas Works beneficiaries are likely to be the first in the history of the Medicaid program, in any state, to be dropped from coverage because of a work requirement.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 07:44:00

Colleges inflating football game attendance, including UA and ASU

The Wall Street Journal concludes most major colleges, including those in Arkansas, are inflating football game attendance figures.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 07:29:00

UCA rape charge ends in probation plea bargain

The Log Cabin Democrat in Conway reports that a rape charge filed in 2017 against a UCA student overl sex with an incoherent, drunk woman was plea bargained to a reduced charge and probation under a first-offender statute.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 06:55:00

2nd District candidate promises in-person 'town halls'

Clarke Tucker, the Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress, says he won't shy away from public appearances with constituents as Republican incumbent Rep. French Hill has done.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 - 06:49:00

AFL-CIO endorses Mike Lee for attorney general

The AFL-CIO, with some 19,000 Arkansas members, has endorsed Democrat Mike Lee for attorney general

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 15:06:00

Trump cancels federal employee pay raise

Donald Trump has canceled pay raises for 2 million federal employees.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 14:26:00

Judge takes Issue One challenge under advisement

Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce heard arguments for and against keeping Issue One, the lawsuit-limiting amendment, this morning and said he'd rule quickly.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 14:12:00

Today's headlines and the open line

The news roundup today has lots of court news. Here's the open line.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:44:00

Little Rock police chief testifies he's used racial epithets

On two occasions in his out-of-court testimony in lawsuits over the firing of police recruits, Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner acknowledged he'd used racial epithets since he was 16.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:53:00

Ecclesia College facing foreclosure of state-financed land

A lawsuit has been filed in circuit court in Benton County seeking to foreclose on property owned by Ecclesia College in Springdale that was pledged as collateral on loans by  Centennial Bank. The land includes some $700,000 worth for which the college got state money through the likely unconstitutional and, at times, criminally corrupt General Improvement Fund scam.

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