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Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 21:06:00

Searcy a finalist for Hulu TV show

My parents might disown me if I don't tell you that my hometown of Searcy is one of six finalists to be featured on the fourth season of Hulu's "Small Business Revolution — Main Street," a small-town, small-business makeover show with co-hosts Ty Pennington and Amanda Brinkman. The finalist town that gets the most votes by 10 p.m. Feb. 19 wins $500,000 and appears on the eight-episode show.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 17:28:00

Jon Woods raises more issues in appeal of bribery conviction

Still more legal paperwork today from Jon Woods, the former Arkansas senator doing 18 years in federal prison for bribery. The government has indicated, incidentally, that what he wants to see might implicate some unindicted people.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 16:51:00

Sale of Arkansas Business Publishing Group announced

Arkansas Business Publishing Group breaks the news today of its sale to current president Mitch Bettis by a group led by long-time CEO Olivia Myers Farrell. Financial terms weren't disclosed

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 16:05:00

New episode of Rock the Culture podcast: Can you have hot sauce?

In this week’s episode, Antwan & Charles provide perspective and conversation on Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival in comparison to Riverfest, UA-Little Rock’s relationship with eStem High School, and Blake’s breakdown from the Arkansas legislature. In addition, they provide rapid fire perspective on Rock Topics and discuss the differences between plant-based eating versus veganism with Dr. Tionna Jenkins, Founder of Plate It Healthy.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 14:56:00

Fiddler's Green to offer 'bud bar' at dispensary in Mountain View

Fiddler's Green, the top scoring dispensary in North Arkansas's Zone 2, will be renovating an existing facility for its new storefront on Highway 9 in Mountain View. Lisa Murphy, CEO of Fiddler's Green, said the dispensary hopes to complete renovations and open for business in May.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 13:53:00

Holiday open line and the day's headlines

Happy Washington's Birthday: An open line and the day's news roundup.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 13:17:00

Another approach on paying for cancer research: A real tax on smoking

Things are developing on the blowback I reported last week to legislation written by the tobacco lobby to theoretically help pay for a cancer research institute at UAMS, but actually a Trojan horse for Big Tobacco. One development is a new bill that would impose a meaningful tax on e-cigarettes.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 11:29:00

Minimum teacher pay going up by $1,000

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced he will sign today legislation that promises a $1,000-a-year minimum teacher pay increase each of the next four years.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 11:01:00

Know your history? Survey says most don't, particularly in Arkansas

For today's holiday, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation prepared a 20-question quiz on American history. 60 percent flunked and Arkansas responses put us in the bottom five states.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 10:14:00

Grassroots OpCo dispensary renovating former Joubert's Tavern on Kanis Road

Grassroots OpCo, which received the second highest dispensary score in Zone 5, is renovating the former Joubert's Tavern facility at 7303 Kanis Road in Little Rock. Matt Darin, founder and COO of Grassroots, said it hopes to open for business in the next several months.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 09:33:00

Corporate welfare expands at the local level; Springdale chamber licks its chops

Keep on eye on this. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette wrote today — too benignly — about cities in Arkansas getting more heavily into the corporate welfare business.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 08:51:00

Budweiser or Coors? Will the choice be offered for free legislative cocktail hour tonight?

It's a light day at the Capitol, given the holiday, but not too light for some freebies. The question arises: What free beer will be on tap?

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 07:32:00

Asa uses casinos as a cover to raid general revenues for highways

Don't be misled: In addition to new sales taxes, the governor would finance his road plan with millions in casino revenue that once supported other public services.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 07:12:00

The move to take one-party (Republican) government to the courts

Take note: The Republican Party is making moves nationwide, including in Arkansas, to extend one-party political control from the legislative and executive to the judicial branch.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 06:49:00

Lessons from other cities on expanding freeways: Don't

Since local political leaders couldn't be bothered to attend Saturday's public session by Improve 30 Crossing on the proposed concrete gulch through downtown Little Rock, here's some take-home reading from Strong Towns about the folly of freeway expansions and some better ideas in other major cities — Dallas, Houston, Louisville and Rochester.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 17:02:00

Sunday open line

The readers take over.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 09:25:00

City manager reports on success of efforts to recruit more city residents for LRPD

Pressed by City Directors Erma Hendrix and Ken Richardson, City Manager Bruce Moore has provided more data on recruitment of Little Rock police officers who are city residents, including a report spent on incentives to attract city residents.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 08:59:00

Taxes and spending: Arkansas leads country in local sales tax rates while state starves services to cater to rich and special interests

A reader sends a link to a stunning top 10 compilation: A ranking of local sales tax burdens shows Arkansas cities occupy 12 of the top 17 places on the list, with Gould leading the nation with a combined local sales tax rate of 11.5 percent. It's a lesson in the impact of state priorities.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 08:35:00

Public officials skip meeting on improving I-30 widening project in downtown LR

Improve 30 Crossing, a group hoping to limit damage by the plan to widen Interstate 30 through downtown Little Rock, held a public meeting on the project Saturday, but no public officials attended, according to a report from KTHV.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 08:26:00

LR police fired on in John Barrow Addition

Mitch McCoy of KARK/Fox 16 says a man fired at a police officer who returned fire about 1 a.m. this morning near 28th and Longcoy in the John Barrow Addition. Apparently no one was hit and the suspect was at large.

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