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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 16:39:00

Corporate welfare hostage-taking

Wisconsin offers the latest example of what's wrong with corporate welfare and Arkansas figures in what amounts to a hostage situation.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 16:19:00

Little Rock voting: Neighborhood matters

Voting patterns in the race for 2nd District Congress might provide some clues on keys to victory in the runoff for Little Rock mayor.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 13:42:00

Wednesday: Open line and the daily roundup

Here's the open line. Also, the daily roundup of news and comment, beginning with state spending — cut taxes or invest in services?

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 13:36:00

ASU to get $400,000 to settle lawsuit with Miami over canceled footbal game

ASU and Miami settle lawsuits over canceled football game

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 13:09:00

A different take on the state budget: Invest in vital services, don't cut taxes on rich

A coalition calling itself Arkansans for Responsible Spending has responded to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's budget outline: Invest in services and people before cutting taxes.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 09:23:00

Hutchinson outlines budget for coming year; tax cuts the big ticket item

Gov. Asa Hutchinson talked budget today, including teacher pay and tax cuts.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 08:18:00

How about some good news? A science whiz from Little Rock

A reader points me to a Forbes "30 under 30" feature on promising young scientists who include Little Rock native Luke Osborn, 29 now a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins University.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 08:04:00

Election assessments: There WAS a blue wave, if not in Arkansas

As results continue to trickle in, the national media has realized that Donald Trump was blowing smoke in claiming a sweeping Republican victory in last Tuesday's election. The Senate losses will be smaller than originally thought thanks to Democratic pickups in Arizona and Nevada; House Democratic gains seem likely to be between 35 and 40, with some agonizing close losses elsewhere. Democrats made gains in governorships and legislatures, too. But then, there's Arkansas:

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 18:45:00

State approves new agreement with LR teachers, includes waiver of dismissal law UPDATE

State Education Commissioner Johnny Key, who's controlled the Little Rock School District for four years since state takeover for deficiencies in test scores in six schools, announced this evening that he'd approved a contract agreement between the district and the Little Rock Education Association that includes a waiver of the teacher fair dismissal law that he'd sought over teacher objections.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 17:09:00

Medical Marijuana Commission responds to complaints, hears progress on dispensary permits

The Medical Marijuana Commission issued responses today to questions raised at a recent public session.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 16:56:00

Our House announces partnership with UAMS on new behavioral health program for pregnant and new mothers

Our House will partner with UAMS on a new program to provide access to behavioral health services for homeless and near homeless pregnant and new mothers with young children, Our House and UAMS officials announced today.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 14:25:00

Grassroots Arkansas to demonstrate for schools

Grassroots Arkansas is demonstrating outside the state Education Department this afternoon in support of the Little Rock School District and its teachers.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 14:07:00

Tuesday: The open line and daily news video

Tuesday: Open line and the news roundup.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 13:45:00

Jon Woods to Donald Trump: Let's make a deal! UPDATE

Jon Woods has a scheme to get out of prison. Given that it involves Donald Trump, who knows?

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 09:48:00

New episode of Rock the Culture: "People's Police"

In this week’s episode, Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on the ongoing contract negotiations between Little Rock Education Association and Little Rock School District regarding Fair Teacher Dismissal Act, the Little Rock Mayoral Runoff Election, and lack of coverage of white nationalist’s rally. In addition, they interview Sgt. Willie Davis of the Little Rock Police Department regarding importance of community policing and his involvement in the O.K. Program, a mentoring program for teenage black males.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 08:41:00

Love, Amazon

Well it appears that the Virginia suburbs of Washington and New York city will divide new Amazon headquarters operations. Here's a critical review of the outcome from The New Republic.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 08:28:00

Speaking of election fraud: Who's scamming who?

Donald Trump is saying repeatedly, without evidence, that fraud is afoot in the counting of votes, particularly in Florida. In one Republican-leaning Florida county, some 150 ballots were cast by fax or e-mail, contrary to the law. None dare call this voter fraud.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 08:22:00

Another guilty plea in Missouri in nonprofit scandal involving Arkansas legislators

Marilyn Nolan, the former CEO of Preferred Family Healthcare, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Springfield to a conspiracy charge.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 16:52:00

No progress on LR teacher talks

Another day, another no-agreement announcement.

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Monday, November 12, 2018 - 14:09:00

Tax task force proposals benefit, surprise, corporations and the top 1 percent

A new report emphasizes the obvious: Recommendations by a task force studying state taxes would benefit corporations and the 1 percent the most, while raising the tax burden on the poor. The proposals not only are unfair, they'd likely cripple the state budget.

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