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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 19:44:00

Belated Thursday open line

We're down some staff and had to skip the video headlines today.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 17:42:00

Police arrest another suspect in Power Ultra Lounge shooting

The Little Rock Police Department has issued warrants for a Memphis man in connection with the Power Ultra Lounge shooting.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 17:21:00

Ten Commandments monument returns to state Capitol next week, Rapert says

A new Ten Commandments monument will be erected on state Capitol grounds next week, Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) reports on his Facebook page. Rapert sponsored the enabling legislation and created the American History & Heritage Foundation to pay for it.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 15:34:00

Tractors stolen from Scottie Pippen's farm

"No Tippin' Pippen," Midtown Billiards, and me.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 14:58:00

Fayetteville and University of Arkansas advocate for Oklahoma wind energy project

The University of Arkansas and the city of Fayetteville announced today their support for the Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project, an Oklahoma panhandle wind farm that will deliver power to Northwest Arkansas.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 14:40:00

East Arkansas judges halt state's ban on dicamba as AG readies appeals

At least four separate legal challenges to the state's ban have now been filed by groups of farmers in four northeast Arkansas counties — Phillips, Mississippi, Greene and Clay — who want to use the herbicide

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 14:37:00

UA Little Rock responds to "racially insensitive incident" involving video of fraternity and sorority

A video uploaded to Facebook shows members of the  Chi Omega sorority and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity singing along to the song "Freaky Friday." The white students repeatedly shout along to the n-word.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:51:00

New development at old Sears site firms up

In the next year and a half to two years, the 16 acres at the northwest corner of University Avenue and Interstate 630, the old Sears site, will transform into a development featuring retail, restaurants and a hotel — or two — called The District at Midtown.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:48:00

Wild, wild country

Southeast Arkansas Weather passes along on Facebook a photo of a massive alligator along Highway 165 between DeWitt and Gillett in Arkansas County.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:27:00

More grants to Ecclesia surface

Then-state senator and Senate president pro tempore Michael Lamoureux insisted that a state organization that distributed GIF funds approve a grant to Ecclesia College despite problems with the college's application, a witness in the public corruption trial of former Sen. Jon Woods testified today.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:05:00

Friendship charter school to seek LR's Garland building after first charter withdraws

The second charter is Friendship Public Charter Schools, which was planning to open its first campus in Little Rock for the 2019-20 school year in a different location. Now, Friendship appears to instead be aiming to open this August — that is, in time for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 09:43:00

Get discounted tickets to the Arkansas Times Margarita Festival today

Time is ticking for you to get the best deal on tickets to the Arkansas Times Second Annual Margarita Festival, presented by Don Julio, the world's first ultra-premium tequila.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 22:46:00

Judge Wendell Griffen comments on his participation in vigil and his dispute with the state Supreme Court

Griffen believes that racial animus played a role in the Court's action: "I challenged the permanent ban because it resulted from conspiracy by the justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court and others to deprive me of the powers of my elected office based on animosity against me because I am African-American."

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 21:48:00

Clarke Tucker touts shift in Cook Political Report outlook for Second District

The Cook Political Report, essentially a fantasy baseball website for people who enjoy politics instead of sports, offered a relatively encouraging outlook for Democrats in the state's Second Congressional District today. The site announced that it was shifting the district from "Likely R" to "Lean R." Get excited.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 19:26:00

Sen. Trent Garner continues to grandstand, again calls for impeachment of Judge Wendell Griffen

State Sen. Trent Garner, a free speech skeptic and drudging demagogue, has once again called for the impeachment of Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen. If 34 House members sign on to a resolution, impeachment proceedings would proceed. Rep. Bob Ballinger is already on board. A look at the controversy, how the impeachment process works, and the response from House Speaker Jeremy Gillam.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 16:54:00

A second challenger for LR's Ward 2: Valerie Tatum of Covenant Keepers Charter School

Tatum, like other political hopefuls in Little Rock this year, is not technically a candidate just yet. However, she's formed an exploratory committee, which effectively means she intends to enter the race.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 15:07:00

Midweek headlines and an open line

Judge Wendell Griffen again participates in death penalty vigil outside governor's mansion; Hog farm near Buffalo River, operating on expired permit, files application for new type of permit; UAMS reduces deficit by $32 million; Margarita Festival 2018 is May 10.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 15:07:00

'Path to Radicalization': How an Arkansas family came to be haters

A tweet by Davy Carter, the former Republican speaker of the state House of Representatives and a resident Cabot alerted us to this NBC documentary on how a family in Lonoke County became radicalized by Nazis.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 15:03:00

UA student newspaper highlights results of survey on campus sexual assault

Out of 1,772 student respondents to a survey by the UA's Title IX coordinator in 2017, 266 indicated they had experienced sexual contact without their consent since becoming a student at the university — about 15 percent.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:58:00

UAMS reduces deficit by $32 million

Interim Chancellor Stephanie Gardner told UAMS employees in a State of the University address Tuesday that UAMS has made up $32 million of an anticipated $72 million deficit and that the institution will present a zero deficit budget to the UA System Board of Trustees when it meets in May. She said no future layoffs are planned.

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