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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 19:39:00

Walmart asks for return of donation to controversial Mississippi Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith

Politico reports that Walmart has requested its campaign contribution to U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde Smith (R-Mississippi) be returned because of a recent quip about "public hangings."

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 19:01:00

National Parks Conservation Association applauds ADEQ's denial of hog farm permit

The National Parks Conservation Association today issued a statement applauding the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality's denial yesterday of a permit to C&H Hog Farm, the 3,000-swine feeding operation near the Buffalo River watershed.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 16:53:00

Monday's headlines and open line

Arkansas Medicaid rule described as "disastrous;" ADEQ issues notice of final permit denial to C&H Hog Farm, appeal looms; GOP Sen. Mike Lee slams Tom Cotton's demagoguery on criminal justice as "fake news."

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 12:59:00

GOP Sen. Mike Lee slams Tom Cotton's demagoguery on criminal justice as "fake news"

Utah Sen. Mike Lee took to social media to accuse fellow Republican Tom Cotton of spreading "100% Fake News" of criminal justice reform efforts.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 10:31:00

ADEQ issues notice of final permit denial to C&H Hog Farm; appeal looms

The latest in the fight over the 3,000-hog feeding operation near the Buffalo River watershed.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 07:37:00

The human costs of the Arkansas Medicaid scandal

Must read: In this week's Arkansas Times, Benji Hardy provides the deepest coverage to date of the human costs behind the nasty bureaucratic mess created by Governor Hutchinson and his administration.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 06:58:00

Arkansas Medicaid rule described as 'disastrous'

Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell today rips Gov. Asa Hutchinson's scheme to require computerized reporting of work to qualify for Medicaid as 'disastrous" and illustrates with some personal examples.

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Monday's headlines and open line

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 06:42:00

Carbon monoxide poisoning reported at Clark County Jail

KARK reports that the Clark County sheriff has been forced to find alternative facilities for 47 county jail inmates following carbon monoxide poisoning last week in the Arkadelphia jail.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 13:50:00

Monday: Open line and news roundup

Monday: An open line and the roundup of news and comment.

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Monday, November 19, 2018 - 13:15:00

West Little Rock politicians press for expansion of Pinnacle middle school to high school

Republican politicians have banded together to push for expansion of the Pinnacle View middle school on Highway 10 into high school grades to serve western Little Rock.

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Monday, November 19, 2018 - 11:27:00

Wesley Clark: Trump doesn't understand role of commander in chief

Wesley Clark, the retired NATO commander from Little Rock, writes critically today in the Washington Post about Donald Trump as commander in chief.

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Monday, November 19, 2018 - 11:06:00

Oaklawn announces major expansion with hotel, events center

Oaklawn Park, the race track and casino in Hot Springs, announced plans for a $100 million investment at the track, including a hotel and events center, following voter approval of expanded casino gambling at the track.

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Monday, November 19, 2018 - 09:52:00

Democrat-Gazette editorial writers flunk on teacher law

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page's animus toward the Little Rock School District and its teachers' union has never been more apparent than in recent swipes tied to Education Commissioner Johnny Key's plan to waive the teacher fair dismissal law, particularly targeting 22 schools graded D and F on the state's test score-dependent grading system. It's tunnel vision, at best. Fake news is more like it.

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Monday, November 19, 2018 - 07:46:00

Trump's gift to newspapers

What would a Monday morning be without Donald Trump in the White House? Among the stories we'd lack today:

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Monday, November 19, 2018 - 07:26:00

Prosecutor-elect suggests murder charge in Dallas police shooting

ohn Creuzot, district attorney-elect in Dallas County, says a murder charge would be appropriate in the fatal shooting of Botham Jean in his apartment by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.

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Monday, November 19, 2018 - 07:21:00

Video: Shootout in Washington County

After a bystander's video of a shootout Nov. 11 between Washington County deputies and a suspect, the county sheriff released dash cam video of the event.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 15:32:00

The cops and robbers open line

Here's your open line. The news is mostly from the LRPD.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 09:36:00

Trump calls for raking to prevent fires. Claims it's the Finnish way. Fake news, anyone?

Donald Trump's remarks in California on how Finland prevents disastrous fires by raking the forest floor got only a passing — and uncritical — mention in the largest newspaper in Arkansas this morning. To remedy that oversight:

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 09:17:00

Who wants to be a millionaire? See Rep. Stephen Meeks. UPDATE

Republican Rep. Stephen Meeks of Greenbrier went viral on Twitter yesterday with this tweet. Oops.

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