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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 16:24:00

Ascent closing three centers for children

Ascent Children's Health Services is closing facilities in Arkadelphia, North Little Rock and West Memphis that provide Medicaid-covered early intervention day treatment and outpatient behavioral health services to about 400 children. Other providers will be sought, though Clark County at the moment has no early intervention program.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 15:49:00

Trump: 'I don't have an attorney general'

Donald Trump went off on Jeff Sessions in an interview today. Sounds like the attorney general is on a short rope.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 14:22:00

Wednesday: Headlines and the open line

Here's the roundup of news and comment. And this is your open line.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 14:18:00

John Brown released after 26 years in prison for murder judge said he didn't commit

The Midwest Innocence Project filmed the release in Fordyce today of John Brown, who spent 26 years in prison for a murder a federal judge decided he did not commit.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:51:00

Governor appoints Finkelstein to hear casino amendment challenge

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Little Rock District Judge Hugh Finkelstein to sit as a special justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court to hear lawsuits seeking to have the casino expansion amendment removed from the ballot.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:44:00

Cody Wilson, the Arkansas-born plastic gun promoter, charged with sexual assault

Cody Wilson, the Little Rock native who burst into national prominence with plans for printing plastic guns, has been arrested for sexual assault in Texas.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:20:00

300,000 would benefit from minimum wage increase, Advocates say

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says 300,000 Arkansans, or 1 in 4, would benefit from the proposed increase in the minimum wage.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:25:00

The LR mayor candidates on the big ballot issues

Some big elections face voters this year, including the hot race for Little Rock mayor and, depending on court actions, as many as five very big statewide ballot issues. I decided to sample the five mayoral candidates on the ballot issues. In the end, the big three candidates — Frank Scott Jr., Warwick Sabin and Baker Kurrus — were more alike than different.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 09:15:00

New episode of Rock the Culture podcast: 'Know Your Why'

Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on the City of Little Rock’s initiative to find jobs for our homeless population, the State Board of Education’s decision to take over the Pine Bluff School District, and Governor Hutchinson’s press conference on Arkansas Works. They also discuss the entrepreneurial mindset with local business owner, Lydia Page.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 08:59:00

State prisons' water under boil order

The Arkansas Department of Correction's Tucker Unit and Tucker Maximum Security Unit have had limited or no water flow since Saturday, a prison spokesman said.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 08:37:00

Tom Cotton believes Brett Kavanaugh

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton appeared on a conservative radio show yesterday and said, "My opinion of Judge Kavanaugh has not changed. He's made an unequivocal and categorical denial of these 36-year-old allegations and every known fact so far supports that denial".

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 08:20:00

Supreme Court sheds some light on dark political money

This could be big. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a conservative political group must disclose donors who pay for its explicitly political ads in the coming midterm elections.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 07:56:00

Sorry, haters, Hillary Clinton won't shut up

I spoke briefly with HIllary Clinton Sunday night after her talk at the Clinton Library and encouraged her to keep giving the opposition hell. "What else is there to do?" she replied.And, boy, has she.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 15:10:00

Jared Henderson outlines health goals

Jared Henderson, the Democratic candidate for governor, has released a list of ideas to improve access to health care and reduce costs, leading with an end to the computer work reporting requirement for participation in the expanded Medicaid program. "Our focus needs to be ensuring that Medicaid funds are spent appropriately and effectively, not making it harder for citizens that need coverage to get it," he said.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 14:35:00

Tuesday's open line and the daily news roundup

The open line and the day's news roundup.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 13:15:00

Bryant High School band withdraws from French Hill campaign rally

The Bryant High School Band has withdrawn from a planned appearance at a campaign rally Friday for Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill after learning it was a political event.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 13:05:00

Supreme Court expedites Issue One challenge

The Arkansas Supreme Court has expedited the appeal 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12:31:00

Jeremy Hutchinson pleads not guilty

Former Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson appeared briefly today before a federal magistrate to enter not guilty pleas to a dozen wire and tax fraud charges that he spent campaign money on himself and didn't report income.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:40:00

More reorganization news

Some further news on the government reorganization front includes a memo sent to agencies by the governor's chief of staff, Alison Williams, last week.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:03:00

The New Yorker profiles Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Paige Williams, profiling Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the current New Yorker, describes the pugilistic Sanders as "Trump's battering ram." Bottom line: As defensive as ever.

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