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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 16:09:00

Westerman, once hard-line on immigrant children, breaks from Trump policy on the border

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, once one of the heartless in housing immigrant children in Arkansas, indicates even he thinks Trump has gone too far in separating children at the border.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 15:24:00

Children in crisis: The clergy weigh in

The Catholic bishop of Arkansas and a group of faith leaders, Faith Voices Arkansas, have called for an end to the Trump policy of separating children from parents at the border.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 14:43:00

Senate approves tougher ethics rules for members

The changes passed the Senate on a voice vote. The only "No" came from Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale), who told reporters later that he was concerned the rules were more cosmetic than substantive.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 14:23:00

Tuesday: Open line and video

Open line and news roundup.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:55:00

Huckstering in the desert; a payday in Qatar

The Huckster mines some Qatari gold.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:55:00

New episode of Rock the Culture podcast: “New Schools, Old Books”

In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Pulaski County Special School District’s vote against purchasing updated science textbooks, proposal for new charter school in Little Rock, and the Dunbar Community Center Semi-Pro Basketball League. We also discuss the importance and impact of one-on-one mentoring with Chrissy Chatham, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:31:00

Marijuana applications need a recount

More evidence emerged today for the overwhelming case that the state Medical Marijuana Commission must rescore the applications to cultivate cannabis, preferably using an independent contractor such as a national accounting firm.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:53:00

Casino amendment starts (misleading) advertising

Driving Arkansas Forward launched its first campaign advertisement today, encouraging Arkansas voters to make sure they can cast their ballots Nov. 6 for a measure that will spur economic growth and create jobs.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:33:00

Tom Cotton loses it over immigration. Sympathy for the children? Nada.

Tom Cotton has now been heard from on the separation of families at the border. Why it's just a plot by slave traders to sneak criminals into the U.S.  He's bonkers.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:03:00

Corporate America pays big bucks to cozy up to Leslie Rutledge and other GOP AGs

For $125,000, you, too, can spend four days at a swanky South Carolina retreat with Leslie Rutledge and other Republican attorneys general.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 07:18:00

Family separations won't stop Asa from sending Guard to border. French Hill parrots Trump

Arkansas Republicans, including the governor and U.S. Rep. French Hill, remain unmoved by the humanitarian crisis at the border.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 07:03:00

Koch billions fight mass transit, including in Little Rock

The New York Times today reports on national efforts, including in Little Rock, by the Koch billionaires to kill tax support for public transit.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 20:49:00

Clint Conque, former UCA coach, suspended from football job in Texas

Steve Sullivan provides the tip that Clint Conque, once head coach of the UCA football team, has been suspended as coach at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas.

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Monday, June 18, 2018 - 19:20:00

Fayetteville boots its school superintendent

40/29 reports that the Fayetteville School Board Monday night ended its contract with Superintendent Matthew Wendt.

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Monday, June 18, 2018 - 18:15:00

Judge again stops enforcement of state anti-abortion law

Federal Judge Kristine Baker has again temporarily stopped Arkansas from enforcing a law that ended medicial abortions in Arkansas.

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Monday, June 18, 2018 - 14:34:00

Municipal League targets FOI law changes

The Arkansas Municipal League adopted four resolutions at its convention last week endorsing legislative changes in the state Freedom of Information Act. Some will not be well-received.

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Monday, June 18, 2018 - 13:44:00

Monday's open line. Children in cages

The open line and the daily news roundup, beginning with the caged concentration camps operated by the U.S. on our southern border.

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Monday, June 18, 2018 - 13:33:00

Democrats choose new House leaders

The House Democratic caucus has chosen Rep. Charles Blake of Little Rock as the new minority leader, succeeding Rep. David Whittaker of Fayetteville. Rep. LeAnne Burch of Monticello was chosen whip of the group.

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Monday, June 18, 2018 - 12:42:00

Hendrix now wants to take up city board ordinance Tuesday

City Director Erma Hendrix now says she wants to take up her ordinance to abolish three at-large city board seats Tuesday.

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Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:51:22

Former senator Jake Files gets 18-month prison sentence

UPDATE: Federal Judge P.K. Holmes this morning sentenced former Republican Sen. Jake Files to 18 months in prison for scheming to divert state money into his own pocket and his failing construction company.

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