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Friday, March 22, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 16:36:00

Former Pollution Control commissioners oppose animal waste bill

Former Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission members have released a statement opposing SB 550, the bill intended to make it easier for operators of factory farms to dispose of, particularly, pig manure.

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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 16:02:00

The Mueller Report has been given to the attorney general, ending the Russian probe

Robert Mueller has completed his investigation of Russian election interference and presented a report to Attorney General William Barr. Barr has notified Congress of that fact. For now, that's pretty much all that is known.

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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 13:22:00

Another week done: Headlines and open line

The week ends. Headlines by video and the open line.

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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 12:35:00

Police shoot motorist after crash in Sharp County

The State Police has been called to investigate another shooting by a police officer, this one in Sharp County.

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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 11:09:00

Arkansas legislature, fine print edition on the working poor and highway construction

The Arkansas legislature is taking a spring break but that doesn't mean you should stop worrying. A couple of additions to your worries — one grinds the poor, the other helps the rich.

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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 09:11:00

Unemployment rate in Arkansas edges up

The unemployment rate in Arkansas in February remained near a historic low, but edged up a bit from the previous month, to 3.8 percent from 3.7 percent in January

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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 08:10:00

Legislators rally against school voucher bill UPDATE

At least some Pulaski County legislators will rally Monday to oppose Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to start a school voucher program in Pulaski County to send 500 lower-income students to private schools.

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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 07:38:00

Judicial election fallout from the legislature's change in primary election dates

All but overlooked in the legislature's rush to change the law to continue to hold primary elections in March during presidential election years was the impact on nonpartisan judicial elections, held the same day as the party primaries.

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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 07:23:00

Mueller media madness recalls another special prosecutor

Robert Mueller v. Kenneth Starr. One has credibility.

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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 07:08:00

Unprecedented spring flooding expected in 25 states, including Arkansas

Flooding isn't just a problem in Nebraska and some other states that have dominated recent news coverage. The New York Times notes Weather Service findings that indicate 25 states, including Arkansas, could experience "major or moderate" flooding this spring.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 16:01:00

State finds contractor ineligible to run youth lockups, will award contract to rival instead

State procurement officials confirmed Thursday that a company recently awarded a $15.8 million contract to operate Arkansas's youth lockup facilities has turned out to be ineligible under the terms of the state's RFP.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 15:50:00

Mayor picks Keith Humphrey of Norman, Okla., as next Little Rock police chief: UPDATE

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has named Keith Humphrey, police chief in Norman, Okla., to be the next Little Rock police chief.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 15:44:00

State Police to investigate death of Augusta man after police use of pepper spray

Quinton Laird, 38, of Augusta died this morning at a Searcy hospital after being pepper sprayed earlier by Augusta police and the State Police has been asked to investigate the death.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 15:23:00

Governor expresses resistance to shift of pig waste regulation

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has weighed in with resistance to the Farm Bureau legislation to ease regulation of liquid animal waste from the likes of factory hog farms by shifting oversight from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to the farmer friendly Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 13:44:00

Thursday's headlines and the open line

The Thursday open line and the daily roundup of headlines, much of it catchup on a busy Wednesday afternoon at the legislature.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 13:19:00

Special state Board of Education meeting set on probation for Lee County schools

The state Board of Education announced a special meeting Monday to hear the appeal by the Lee County School District of an Education Department recommended that the district and Lee High School in Marianna be placed on probation for violation of accrediting standards.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 13:06:00

Survey: Pine Bluff No. 1 in population loss

A survey reported in USA Today says Pine Bluff led the nation in population decline among the country's 382 metro areas between 2010 and 2017, based on Census data.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:55:00

Two arrested after Hillcrest bank branch robbery

Little Rock police arrested two people shortly after a robbery of the Simmons Bank branch at 2800 Kavanaugh Boulevard in the Hillcrest shopping area about 9 a.m. today.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:43:00

Full casino operations expected by April 1 at Oaklawn and Southland

The state Racing Commission will meet Saturday and is expected to begin the licensing process for full-fledged casino operations at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and Southland Park in West Memphis.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 08:33:00

Little Rock police review board: It must have teeth

The Democrat-Gazette today reported further today on the potential shape of a citizens police review board, which Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said Tuesday he wanted to put on a fast track.

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