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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 14:18:00

Sen. Rapert paints Jan Morgan as 'Jezebel,' prompting social media blowback from right

"You know the Governor’s water boys have hit desperate times when the 'christian' senator, a pastor, calls me Jezebel and a 'spirit ' putting a spell on Arkansas men who support me," Morgan wrote in response to Rapert's comments.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 13:10:00

Man sentenced to 30 years in prison for drive-by slaying of 2-year-old girl

Deshaun Rushing was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison for the murder of a 2-year-old Little Rock girl in a 2016 drive-by shooting, the D-G reports.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 11:59:00

New "Rock the Culture" podcast: How you gonna fight that?

In this week’s episode of our new podcast, host Antwan Phillips and guest host state Rep. Charles Blake offer perspective and conversation on the “Freaky Friday” incident at UA Little Rock, ongoing campaign finance issues at city hall and diversity and de-escalation training for police officers. They also discuss the state teachers union and the looming battle for the preservation of state teachers’ retirement fund with guest Tracy Ann Nelson, the executive director of the Arkansas Education Association.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 11:32:00

Text messages presented at Woods trial show alleged conspirators' successful efforts to grab GIF cash from multiple legislators

Former Sen. Jon Woods and former Rep. Micah Neal were able to nearly double their own contributions in the alleged kickback scheme through the help of at least eight of their colleagues. While Woods and Neal are the only lawmakers who have been charged or implicated in the scheme, Ecclesia was able to get by with a little help from their friends.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:27:00

Trump's popularity among Arkansas Republicans remains overwhelmingly high

In a recent survey of 676 likely GOP primary voters, the pollsters found 86 percent said they approved of Trump's job performance. Only 10 percent said they did not, and 4 percent said they didn't know.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 06:15:00

Lake View mandate on school funding 'probably' still stands despite sovereign immunity ruling, lawmakers told

The Supreme Court's recent ruling on sovereign immunity probably won't undo Lake View, attorneys from the Bureau of Legislative Research said. But it could halt future cases on education funding, depending on what precedents the court sets in the coming months.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 19:04:00

Attorney General Rutledge rejects full marijuana legalization ballot initiative

Speaking of weed, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today rejected a proposed ballot initiative to fully legalize marijuana in the state.

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 15:41:00

The marijuana business hits Manhattan

Someday in Arkansas?

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 15:34:00

State Supreme Court rejects casino group's petition challenging AG on ballot measure hurdles

In a response filed Friday, the attorney general's office said its rejection of the measure was warranted. The court appeared to fully agree.

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 14:54:00

Nashville Waffle House shooter in police custody

Reinking allegedly shot up the restaurant with an AR-15 rifle, but the attack was halted by Waffle House patron James Shaw, Jr., who seized the weapon from the shooter when he evidently paused to reload.

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 14:49:00

Monday's headlines and your open line

A new poll finds Asa Hutchinson with sizable lead over Jan Morgan; Anonymous Harding University students relaunch LGBTQ publication, campus security removes copies; a memorial to the 21 boys who were burned to death at Wrightsville in '59.

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 14:28:00

Chelsea Clinton to come to Little Rock for Clinton School talk

Chelsea Clinton will come to Little Rock Sunday, May 20, to talk about her new children's book, "She Persisted Around the World." It's a companion to her bestselling "She Persisted." The location is still to be determined. She'll be interviewed onstage and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre will do a reading of the book.

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 10:45:00

Hepatitis A outbreak in NE Arkansas's Clay County

Health department tells customers of a fast food restaurant in Corning to get vaccinated.

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 10:09:00

Anonymous Harding University students relaunch LGBTQ publication, campus security removes copies

A group of anonymous Harding University students on Friday published an "HU Queer Press 2.0" zine, covering issues of gay rights at the private, Churches of Christ-affiliated campus in Searcy. A similar publication, "The State of the Gay at Harding University," set off a firestorm of controversy at Harding seven years ago. Shortly after the publication was distributed, campus security officers began gathering the copies of the zine and throwing them in the trash.

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 09:26:00

The yawning teacher pay gap between Arkansas school districts

Before Arkansas congratulates itself for outpacing Oklahoma on teacher pay, we should take a look at the huge disparity in salaries within the state. New teachers in Bentonville may make almost $46,000 a year, but new teachers in many other districts will start the 2018-19 school year earning $31,800 — less than the starting salary in Tulsa.

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 07:00:00

UA Little Rock response to "racially insensitive incident" prompts discussion on campus

An update to the imbroglio at UA Little Rock over a brief video of fraternity and sorority students singing along to a racial slur in rap song.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 16:53:00

Earth Day open line

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 16:43:00

Climate change and the leadership vacuum

Arkansas Times columnist Billy Fleming has an op-ed with co-writer Katie Randall for Earth Day in the Houston Chronicle today.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 16:34:00

Jan Morgan and Rep. Dan Sullivan slapped with ethics complaint

While anti-establishment outsiders might be more likely to be clumsy or amateurish enough to actually get caught, it's worth noting that mainstream candidates have a fully legal version of the scam that Sullivan and Morgan are accused of running.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 14:28:00

New poll finds Asa Hutchinson with sizeable lead over Jan Morgan, plus support for continuing Medicaid expansion among Republican primary voters

A new poll from Talk Business finds that Governor Hutchinson has a substantial lead over Jan Morgan, the hog-riding, Muslim-banning, gun-toting, airbrushing, RINO-busting gadfly from Hot Springs. And in a doozy of a finding, a substantial plurality of likely voters in the Republican primary now support the Medicaid expansion program.

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  • The yawning teacher pay gap between Arkansas school districts

    Before Arkansas congratulates itself for outpacing Oklahoma on teacher pay, we should take a look at the huge disparity in salaries within the state. New teachers in Bentonville may make almost $46,000 a year, but new teachers in many other districts will start the 2018-19 school year earning $31,800 — less than the starting salary in Tulsa.
  • Lake View mandate on school funding 'probably' still stands despite sovereign immunity ruling, lawmakers told

    The Supreme Court's recent ruling on sovereign immunity probably won't undo Lake View, attorneys from the Bureau of Legislative Research said. But it could halt future cases on education funding, depending on what precedents the court sets in the coming months.
  • Arkansas Repertory Theatre to suspend operations immediately

    “The inability to reach its projected goals for charitable giving and ticket sales, and the change in the theatre landscape in Little Rock have created a perfect financial storm for The Rep,” Board Chair Brian Bush said. “The Rep’s ticket sales have been on a downhill slope for several years. Our community is on the verge of losing an amazing arts organization and tremendous asset to our city. Closing The Rep will have a devastating impact on the redevelopment of Main Street and the creative corridor.”
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