Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 17:09:00

The Aftermath of the March to Death Edition

The executions of four men in eight days and related matters, the state’s plans to deal with a shortfall in revenue and more — covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 16:29:00

Baker Kurrus: Opposes Little Rock School District tax proposal

Baker Kurrus has written a monumental essay explaining why he opposes the proposal in the May 9 special , the Little Rock lawyer and businessman who long served on the Little Rock School Board and spent a year as its superintendent after the state takeover before being fired by Education Commissioner

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 15:58:00

LR City Board to meet Sunday to discuss crime

The Little Rock City Board will have a special called meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday to discuss the recent increase in violent crime episodes.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 15:03:00

How low can they go? An insulting flyer for Little Rock school tax

The group pushing a huge addition to personal property tax payments in the Little Rock School District have hit a new low with their latest pro-tax flyer. A vote against it means you hate kids.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 13:47:00

UPDATE: Inmates' attorneys ask federal court for investigation of Arkansas executions. Judge OKs gathering of evidence.

The Little Rock federal defenders office filed an emergency motion in federal court today asking for preservation of evidence "related to the botched execution of Kenneth Williams."

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 13:28:00

Finally. Friday.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 12:39:00

Pianos pop up in Little Rock

The city of Little Rock and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership rolled out the pianos today at Capitol and Main.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 12:38:00

Gov. Hutchinson on last night's execution: went according to protocol, no need for an independent investigation

At a press conference this morning at the State Capitol, Governor Asa Hutchinson said that there would be no need for an independent review of last night's execution of death row inmate Kenneth Williams or even a written report, calling such an investigation "totally unjustified" even though witnesses said that as the deadly drugs were administered, Williams convulsed for ten seconds and coughed and made other noises loud enough to be heard through the plate glass separating the execution chamber and the witness room.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:48:00

Lt. Gov. Griffin adds Koch group operative to staff

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin announced today that he'd hired David Ray, who'd been the director of the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity's affiliate in Arkansas, as his deputy chief of staff and communications director.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:24:00

UPDATE: Governor announces $70 million budget cut to meet tax revenue shortfall

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said this morning that the state budget for the fiscal year, which ends June 30, will be cut $70 million because of a shortfall in revenue this year.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 10:47:00

Two in family dead, two children missing in Polk County

Two children are missing and their mother and a relative have been found dead this week in Polk County, local authorities say.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 10:22:00

Political speculation: A Democrat to run for 2nd District Congress

Hot off the political rumor mill: Win Thompson, 71, former president of the University of Central Arkansas, is giving some thought to a run for  Congress from the Second District, as a Democrat.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 08:38:00

Kenneth D. Williams: Dead, but his words live

Kenneth Williams is dead, executed for his murder of Cecil Boren, but his words live on in a Facebook page with his prolific Death Row writing.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 07:21:00

Calls for investigation follow execution of Kenneth Williams, observed 'lurching' and moaning during lethal injections

Calls for an investigation followed the execution of Kenneth Williams in Arkansas Thursday night. Body movement, sounds, labored breathing and a moan indicated something was amiss to several witnesses, though supporters of the death penalty called the movements "involuntary" and termed the killing "flawless."

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 07:20:00

Report: Payday lender closes shop in North Little Rock UPDATE

Hank Klein, the retired credit union president who's devoted considerable zeal to stamping out payday lenders and their exorbitant interest rates in Arkansas, reports that a payday lending operation in North Little Rock has closed its doors.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 07:15:00

Charter school failure in New Orleans; a lesson for Little Rock UPDATE

Important reading today on the myth of the New Orleans charter school 'miracle.' Could such a miracle be in the offing for Little Rock?

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 07:02:00

Deadly night in Pine Bluff: Two fatally shot

KATV reports that two people were killed in Pine Bluff shortly before midnight Thursday, the same hour the state was killing murderer Kenneth Williams in a prison about 29 miles down the highway.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 17:38:00

Little Rock: The gun violence continues — one dead, two wounded

LRPD reports two shootings this afternoon, at 1803 Park Lane, where one person has died, and another at 24th and Marshall. Two other people were wounded.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 17:00:44

The Kenneth Williams' execution thread

Kenneth Williams, 38, is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. tonight at the Cummins Unit near Grady. If a court does not stop the execution, he will be the fourth death row prisoner to die over the last eight days in Arkansas.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 16:48:00

Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.

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