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Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 17:08:00

Suddenly, Rutledge is interested in state's terrible landlord-tenant law

Crocodile tears from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on the state's terrible landlord-tenant law. Given a chance to do something meaningful about it before, however, she didn't.

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - 16:25:00

Reports filed on casino amendment

Initial financial reports have been filed by groups pushing a casino expansion amendment and the major financial force so far is the Quapaw tribe of Oklahoma, which is in the casino business. Another Oklahoma tribe, a gambling machine organization and a Mississippi gambling enterprise also are listed.

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - 14:42:00

Re Trump: The Arkies say......

Trump getting trashed for cozying up to Putin, from Fox News to John McCain. Now Arkansans are being heard from. Example from Sen. John Boozman: "Russia is not our friend."

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - 14:30:00

Another week begins

The open line and the first news roundup of the week.

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - 14:00:00

Campaign finance reports begin, first the minimum wage effort

Arkansans for a Fair Wage have made their first significant financial report on their campaign to put an initiated act on the ballot to raise the minimum wage.

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - 11:43:00

Trump-Putin: As bad as expected. At least.

The reviews of Trump's meeting with Putin are not kind to the American.  Those who think the United States has been demeaned and diminished by a lying thug, it might be time to take a knee.

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - 11:29:00

One dead, another wounded in NLR skate park shooting

North Little Rock police say one man was fatally shot and another wounded  in an apparent robbery about 3:45 a.m. today at the Riverview Skatepark along the Arkansas River at 2800 River Road, North Little Rock.

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - 11:13:00

The Malvern connection: Millions flow through it

How a couple of former senators from Malvern find themselves in a legal controversy over a $4 million finder's fee paid to a Texas lawyer.

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - 07:24:00

Judge Griffen files appeal of case dismissal

Judge Wendell Griffen has filed his request for the entire 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear his appeal of a 2-1 decision dismissing his lawsuit that his constitutional rights had been violated by the Arkansas Supreme Court in removing him from all death penalty cases.

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - 07:13:00

The billionaires and their charter schools: Point/counterpoint

A convergence of coverage today on charter schools, the play toys of the Billionaire Boys Club and a growing threat, particularly in Little Rock, to community public schools.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 16:09:00

We have met the enemy: The open line

The open line with a dose of Trump and other unhappy news.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 08:18:00

Welcome to the United States, children

Recommended reading: The New York Times' report on the conditions for the hundreds of children being held in detention since they arrived at U.S. borders seeking asylum. There are many rules and they included no touching of other children, not even a hug for a little brother or sister.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 08:07:00

Bills arrive for petition campaigns, including term limits

Filings are expected next week on the campaigns to put a minimum wage increase and casino gambling expansion on the November ballot. One other campaign reported financial information last week

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 16:08:00

There'll always be an England

The open line tips a hat to Jolly England's treatment of Donald Trump.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 06:48:00

NRA used shell company to funnel millions to elect Tom Cotton, others

Politico has taken a deep look at a mystery outfit that spent $19 million to shift three U.S. Senate seats to Republicans in 2014, including the successful effort by Tom Cotton to oust Sen. Mark Pryor.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 16:26:00

DHS continues to reimburse Medicaid managed care company co-owned by Preferred Family Healthcare

The Department of Human Services continues to use a provider-led Medicaid managed care company that is part-owned by Preferred Family Healthcare, despite a recent decision to cut other ties with the Springfield, Mo.-based nonprofit enmeshed in multiple corruption scandals.

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Friday, July 13, 2018 - 16:24:00

Arkansas PSC increases energy efficiency goals for electric utilities

The Arkansas Public Service Commission today ordered higher energy efficiency goals for electric utilities. The Sierra Club and Audubon Arkansas lauded the PSC decision.

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Friday, July 13, 2018 - 16:08:00

Work rule 'works' in first month report; 26 percent flunk

As anticipated thousands failed to report sufficient hours to qualify for eligibility for Medicaid coverage under the work rule put in place at the beginning of June. About 26 percent of those covered didn't satisfy the reporting requirement.

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Friday, July 13, 2018 - 14:58:00

UAMS restarts cardiac surgery program

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which had to suspend its cardiac surgical care in May when its heart surgeon, Dr. Gareth Tobler, retired before a new hire had been made, has resumed its program.

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Friday, July 13, 2018 - 13:47:00

The line is open

TGIF: Your open line and the daily news roundup.

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