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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 13:49:00

Mike Huckabee and bigotry and an open line

Mike Huckabee everybody! What else is happening?

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Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 09:32:00

Full day of events at Stifft Station Pop-up on June 23

It's a day of celebration of one of my long-held dreams: that the stretch of Markham between Pine and Kavanaugh in Little Rock be turned into three lanes with a turning lane in the middle and wider sidewalks.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 15:54:00

Digital kiosk to be unveiled Monday

Mayor Mark Stodola will unveil on Monday a new digital engagement kiosk outside the Statehouse Convention Center that will provide a touchscreen for wayfinding, transit, weather, shopping and other advertisements and act as a free Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Friday, June 22, 2018 - 15:47:00

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Headlines for June 22, 2018: Kelso and Little Rock Air Force Base inspected as child shelters, more responses to U.S. child abuse at border; Baby gorilla born at zoo; Hemp growing rules OK’d.

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Friday, June 22, 2018 - 15:42:00

All in the family: Ten relatives of top executives were on payroll at PFH, the nonprofit troubled by corruption scandals

Preferred Family Healthcare, the Medicaid-enriched nonprofit with a vast network of service providers in Arkansas that gobbles up tens of millions of dollars in state funding annually, has been in the news frequently this year because of its connection to multiple federal corruption cases. According to the most recently available tax filings, in 2015 ten family members of top executive were on the payroll, drawing salaries from PFH — including relatives of all four of the executives who were put on leave in the wake of the scandals. Three of these family members were making more than $100,000.

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Friday, June 22, 2018 - 15:09:00

Man fleeing troopers loses them, then crashes, dies

The Arkansas State Police say that a man who had fled from state troopers during a Lonoke County traffic stop this morning later died in a head-on crash on Interstate 40 west of Forrest City.

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Friday, June 22, 2018 - 14:56:00

66 of 2,300: They're in Chicago

The Chicago Tribune reports today that a Chicago nonprofit is housing 66 migrant children separated from their parents under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy and that nonprofit leadership describes the search for their families as a "scavenger hunt."

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Friday, June 22, 2018 - 14:14:00

Walton Family Foundation grants for ’17: $535.5 million

The Walton Family Foundation made grants totaling $535.5 million in 2017, $96 million more than it did in 2016.

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Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:07:00

Baby gorilla born at zoo

The Little Rock Zoo has a happy announcement: The birth of a healthy baby gorilla. The baby, whose sex has not been determined, was born to Sekani, who came to the zoo in 2004 from Toronto; her baby is her third. The father of the baby is a silverback, Kivu, and he is being "very attentive" to his first child, the zoo reports. Kivu came to the zoo in 2016 from Santa Barbara.

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Friday, June 22, 2018 - 10:40:00

Hemp growing rules OK'd

The state Plant Board has finally approved rules for hemp farming in Arkansas.

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Friday, June 22, 2018 - 10:10:00

Kelso, LRAFB inspected as child shelters; more responses to U.S. child abuse at border

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense announced today that it has visited an unused federal site in Kelso and will visit the Little Rock Air Force Base "for potential use as temporary shelter for unaccompanied alien children (UAC)."

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 17:50:00

Divided Ark. Supreme Court again backs state on use of sovereign immunity defense

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday reversed and dismissed a minimum-wage lawsuit against the state based on a sovereign immunity defense raised by the attorney general's office — even though the state had explicitly stated that it would not assert sovereign immunity when the suit first began. 

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 17:31:00

Hutchinson, Henderson issue statements on Arkansas potentially housing immigrants

The gubernatorial candidates each issued statements on the feds tour of Arkansas facilities today to determine whether they could be used to house immigrant families.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 16:06:00

Thursday's headlines and open line

State Supreme Court reverses Griffen on marijuana growers; Proposed child holding sites in Arkansas; Internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 15:15:00

More suffering for children, from the U.S. Congress

Tomorrow, the U.S. House will vote on a Farm Bill that, like Arkansas Works, stiffens work requirements for recipients.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 14:39:00

Proposed child holding site in Arkansas 5 miles from WWII Japanese-American internment camp

One big difference between Rohwer and today: The parents kept at Rohwer in World War II weren't separated from their children.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 13:31:00

Train worker crushed in derailment at Port Authority

An 18-wheeler traveling west on Frazier Pike this morning hit a Little Rock Port Authority train and a spotter who'd leaped from the back of the train at the armless intersection was crushed when the train tipped over on him, police said.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:58:00

Crawford crows on soybean exports; Desai notes prices have plummeted

1st District Congressman Rick Crawford's tweet that President Trump's tariffs raised soybean exports 21 percent is getting blasted by his Democratic opponent in the face of a drop in U.S. soybean export prices.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:29:00

SupCo rules internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes

The Supreme Court ruled today that internet retailers, even if they have no physical presence in a state, may be required to collect sales taxes. The 5-4 ruling, reported in the The New York Times, which overruled a lower court finding in Quill Corporation v. North Dakota, was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy and joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil Gorsuch.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:57:00

State Supreme Court reverses Griffen on marijuana growers, allowing commission's licensing awards to stand

The majority opinion cited separation of powers in its conclusion that Griffen erred, stating that the judicial branch should not take it upon itself to review "the day-to-day actions of the executive branch."

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