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Monday, March 18, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 07:02:00

Legislators may dine free tonight at the Capital Hotel

What? No free lunch on the schedule today? Not to worry. Legislators can load up on quality free eats and drinks tonight at the Capital Hotel.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 15:58:00

An open line and State Police alert

The open line and a State Police alert on a hit-and-run last night in Monticello.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 09:58:00

The failing Little Rock 'school board': A blogger takes aim

A blogger provides a tough look at Education Commissioner Johnny Key and his control of the Little Rock School District.

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Today's headlines: Death of tenant protection and a curb on food stamps

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 08:53:00

Charles Blake provides context for the flag bill debate; and here comes Rapert

Rep. Charles Blake (D-Little Rock) will try again Wednesday morning to pass his bill that would say in statute that a fourth blue star added to the Arkansas flag in 1924 stands for the state's rich Indian heritage, not for the Confederacy.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 16:30:00

An open line with thoughts on the massacre

A beautiful day is darkened by the latest massacre. Thoughts?

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Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 09:11:43

Hutchinson fine illustrates ethics system shortcomings

An Ethics Commission fine yesterday of former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson illustrates the weakness, not the strength, of ethics oversight in Arkansas.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 09:11:00

Police reports: Murder arrest in Pulaski County, fatal shooting in North Little Rock robbery

A couple of gun deaths were reported in law enforcement releases this morning:

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Today's headlines: Death of tenant protection and a curb on food stamps

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 08:18:00

Train crossing blues and the likelihood they'll worsen

Add Peach Orchard in Northeast Arkansas to the communities with long-running problems with extended blockage of rail crossings by stopped Union Pacific trains. KAIT reported on the community's persistent complaints last week. Turns out this is a problem that could get worse if the Arkansas legislature yields to railroad lobbying.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 07:36:00

Marvin Burton tapped to lead new Southwest LR high school

The Little Rock School District announced yesterday that Superintendent Mike Poore had chosen Deputy Superintendent Marvin Burton to be principal of the new Southwest Little Rock High School to open in the fall of 2020.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 16:40:00

The Latest Chicanery at the Ledge Edition

Max and Lindsey talk about the latest from the legislature, including a surprise tax cut proposal, various sneaky moves and the return of vouchers.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 - 14:06:00

The ultimate gun legislation: Mandatory AR-15s, with a taxpayer subsidy

By popular demand, here's a link to a story from Missouri about a piece of legislation that is not a spoof: A Missouri Republican proposes to require ownership of an AR-15 by people 18 to 35 and a handgun by people older than 18.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 - 13:30:00

Friday at last: The open line

The legislature's off today, but still plenty of nonsense to talk about on the daily news roundup. This is your open line.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 - 11:17:00

Medicaid work rule non-compliance continues to mount

Same song, another verse. The state Human Services Department reported that the number of people not meeting the Medicaid work reporting requirement continued to rise in February.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:45:00

Third marijuana cultivation facility now operating

A third medical marijuana cultivation facility is now up and running.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:22:00

Civil rights group again faults punitive court fines in Arkansas

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has issued a new report on the punishing nature of fine systems in Arkansas court that impoverish and jail people trapped in never-ending payments for "process" infractions.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 - 09:59:00

Union Pacific train blocks access to Pulaski community for seven hours

Good report from Fox 16 on how a stopped Union Pacific train blocked the only access to a neighborhood off Hensley Road in southern Pulaski County for seven hours Wednesday night. It wreaked havoc on people going to and from work and they say such blockage is a regular occurrence.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 - 09:41:00

Big brother is tracking your license plate

The Washington Post reports on use of computerized traffic scanning devices to help immigration officers hunt for unauthorized residents in the U.S.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 - 08:25:00

The silent majority at work in Senate committee on seatbelt bill

Today's committee tomfoolery comes from the late afternoon meeting yesterday of the Senate Transportation Committee, which gave a favorable recommendation to SB 534 by Sen. Blake Johnson to enhance penalties for distracted driving and texting while driving but, significantly, to lower the penalty for failure to wear a seatbelt from a primary to secondary offense.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 - 07:47:00

Bart Hester's new judgeship bill includes a ringer in Mary Bentley's Perry County

Sen. Bart Hester has introduced legislation to create six new circuit judgeships, but look closely, there's some trickery afoot.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 - 05:35:00

49 dead in New Zealand mosque attacks

Racist suspect in mass slaughter.

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