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Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 14:57:00

More criticism for Bobby Shepherd's work to wreck abortion rights

We've reported before on the pivotal role played by Judge Bobby Shepherd of El Dorado in the conservative 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' attack on anti-abortion laws in Arkansas, Missouri and other states. Now comes The Atlantic.

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Friday, September 21, 2018 - 14:12:00

Friday: Headlines and the open line

The Friday open line and the daily news roundup: Waiting for Mike Pence.

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Friday, September 21, 2018 - 14:00:00

DEA reports 1,200 drug arrests in statewide operation

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced today that state and federal agencies had arrested 1,260 people since July in Operation Task Force Arkansas, a statewide push to catch violent drug traffickers.

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Friday, September 21, 2018 - 13:45:00

Marijuana makes Harding University grad a billionaire

Meet a new Arkansas-native billionaire — Michael Blue, who grew up in Searcy and graduated from Harding University. He owes his wealth to marijuana.

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Friday, September 21, 2018 - 09:45:00

Walmart begins home grocery delivery in Little Rock

Walmart has announced it will deliver groceries ordered online in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood and Bryant for $9.95  per order. The service begins Tuesday, Sept. 25.

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Friday, September 21, 2018 - 09:31:00

Are the Razorbacks out of their league?

Ouch. The Southeastern Conference football schedule hasn't yet begun and the New York Times offers an article suggesting the Arkansas Razorbacks aren't up to playing in the league.

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Friday, September 21, 2018 - 09:15:00

Unemployment rate continues to drop

The unemployment rate in Arkansas dropped again in August, to 3.6 percent from 3.7 percent the month before, though the total number working declined slightly.

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Friday, September 21, 2018 - 07:49:00

French Hill carefully vetting crowd for Mike Pence visit

Mike Pence will appear at a campaign rally for Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill today in Little Rock and the campaign is monitoring carefully who'll be allowed to attend or cover the event. Hill is running a hide-and-seek campaign, making himself available only in safe settings. Maybe 1,200 of the right sort of people will atternd.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 16:30:00

Out in Arkansas podcast episode 14: 'T & A Talk Support Crew with Neighbor Nick'

Cis Het Neighbor Nick was so moved by Episode 13 he had to pay a visit with notes!! T, N, and A discuss the importance of our “support crews” and how some of the smallest things the larger C community doesn’t think twice about affects the smaller c’s of the community. Thanks for listening!

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 16:21:00

Feds bust Central Arkansas drug ring

The U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock announced today the indictment of 31 people on 53 drug, gun and money laundering charges in a Central Arkansas drug distribution operation supplied from California.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 16:02:00

Six Supreme Court justices found to have violated ethics code

The Arkansas Judicial and Disability Commission has announced the filing of formal charges of ethics violations against six members of the Arkansas Supreme Court for their handling of a case involving Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 14:56:00

Thursday's open line

A light news day unless your name is Brett Kavanaugh. Here's the open line.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 13:54:00

Blasey Ford prepared to testify, with conditions

Christine Blasey Ford, who's accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school, has said she's willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but not on Monday as Republicans have demanded.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:21:00

Voter ID law before the Arkansas Supreme Court

The Arkansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on the state's appeal of a ruling invalidating the voter ID law passed in 2017.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 08:20:00

Kavanaugh reporting recovers prep school memories; brings credibility into focus

The Brett Kavanaugh nomination is producing reporting on the culture of Washington prep school life in his day — a time of heavy drinking long before Me, Too. Example: The Washington Post today. But it also spurred accounts of Kavanaugh's lack of truthfulness on other matters.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 08:01:00

Clarke Tucker punches an absent French Hill in TV 'debate'

Democratic state Rep. Clarke Tucker took full advantage of Republican incumbent Rep. French Hill's refusal to participate in a TV debate on Channel 7 last night with a series of jabs at Hill on policy issues and for avoiding debate.

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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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