Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 07:22:40

That modern mercantile: The bARn

The bARn Mercantile — "the general store for the not so general," its slogan says — will open in the space formerly occupied by Ten Thousand Villages at 301A President Clinton Ave.

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Friday, May 26, 2017 - 07:19:00

Republican drug testing effort runs into trouble

Congressional Republicans thought they passed legislation to clear the way for drug testing to receive unemployment benefits. A report from Bloomberg said they didn't.

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Friday, May 26, 2017 - 07:01:00

GOP candidate charged with assault wins Montana congressional race. Belated apology follows

Republican Greg Gianforte, facing an assault charge for attacking a reporter Wednesday won a special election for Montana's only U.S. House seat with 50.8 percent of the vote with 96 precincts reporting. He then uttered an empty apology for his assault.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 15:35:00

Thursday open line and the news roundup

Here's the Thursday open line. Also: news and comment.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 13:58:00

Resignations submitted by director and two staff lawyers at Alcoholic Beverage Control

Gary "Bud" Roberts turned in his resignation today as director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, a spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson confirms. Two other ABC attorneys have also submitted letters of resignation.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 13:46:00

Another court declines to enforce Trump travel ban

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, not known for its liberalism, voted 10-3 to keep in place an injunction against Donald Trump's attempt to ban travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:39:00

Huckabee departs Fox for religious network

Mike Huckabee is departing Fox for Trinity Broadcasting Network, where he'll have an hour-long weekly talk show filmed in Nashville. TBN describes itself as the world's largest Christian network.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:03:00

What happens when only the 'deserving' poor get help? Reading for Arkansas.

What happens when a state endeavors to make sure only the "deserving" poor get government assistance? Maine offers a lesson for Arkansas, in an article in The Atlantic.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:42:00

GOP highway plan: More falling bridges and potholes

Remarkable story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning. Two Republican members of the Republican-controlled legislature were quoted as saying "Bridges will have to collapse and major accidents occur on deteriorated roads before the Arkansas Legislature enacts laws to raise more money for highways."

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:27:00

Governor's Mansion gets uninvited visitor

KARK's Jessi Turnure just tweeted about an unwelcome guest at the Governor's Mansion this morning.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 09:59:00

Lawsuit filed over prisoner's death in Texarkana

A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the 2015 death of Michael Sabbie, a prisoner in the Bi-State jail in Texarkana.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 09:40:00

Guns N' Roses coming to War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock Aug. 5

Guns N' Roses has added a War Memorial Stadium date to its national tour, Aug. 5

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 07:58:00

Does assault make a Republican congressional candidate a loser?

The Republican candidate for Congress in a special election in Montana today was charged last night with assault for attacking a reporter who persisted in asking his opinion on the Congressional Budget Office scoring of the Obamacare repeal bill passed by the House.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 17:35:00

A modern mercantile for downtown

The storefront at the corner of Clinton, Cantrell, Markham and Cumberland (can there be any other intersection anywhere like it?) has brown paper covering the windows and a sign saying LEASED, so we asked Moses Tucker realtor John Martin what gives.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 17:17:00

Feds announce 61 named in 18-month Little Rock drug investigation

The U.S. attorney's office announced today that a joint operation with local law enforcement had led this morning to arrests in the indictment of dozens of drug and gun dealers in the Little Rock area, the culmination of an 18-month investigation.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 17:05:00

Yes, Obamcare repeal would be a bad thing for a lot of people

The Congressional Budget office has completed its analysis of the House-passed legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Bad.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 14:37:00

The open line and a news roundup

Here's the open line. Also today's roundup of news and comment.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 14:32:00

Wisconsin congressman nails Betsy DeVos on charter schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVoss, testifying before Congress about the Trump plan to send federal dollars into the black hole of charter schools and vouchers, squirmed when a Wisconsin congressman confronted her with the failure of charters in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 14:14:00

Rutledge praises government regulation in lawsuit settlement

Arkansas will get $499,138 as one of 33 states in a $33 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson of a complaint about quality of over-the-counter drugs. PS: Today only, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge LIKES government regulation.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 13:54:00

Louisiana governor set for Democrats' first Clinton Dinner

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a surprise Democratic winner in what has been a blood-red Republican state, will speak in Little Rock July 22 at the annual Democratic Party dinner once known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

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