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Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:29:00

Lameduck Mayor Stodola reportedly seeking pay raise

I've confirmed with a couple of city sources that Mayor Mark Stodola, who leaves office Dec. 31, is seeking a pay raise for his last month or so in office, most likely to increase his retirement benefits.

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Friday, November 9, 2018 - 09:50:00

More than 1,000 ballots uncounted in Pulaski County

Bryan Poe, election coordinator in Pulaski County, tells me there are 1,037 provisional ballots not included in unofficial totals announced Tuesday night.

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Friday, November 9, 2018 - 09:24:00

Arkansas a high wage state? After a fashion, yes

The Washington Post reports today on passage of a minimum wage increase in Arkansas. The article says the state will have the "highest effective minimum wage" soon and thus perhaps provide a test for the economic impact of a higher guaranteed wage.

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Friday, November 9, 2018 - 08:02:00

For the record: Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a) a liar b) full of 'HuckaBS'

AP calls Sarah Huckabee Sanders' distribution of a doctored video a "new low." At leat until today.

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Friday, November 9, 2018 - 07:49:00

Vote counting and challenges continue in Florida and Georgia

Close elections in Florida and Georgia continue to spur controversy. Some issues stem from a Voter ID law similar to the one now in force in Arkanss.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 17:53:00

Push pause on Arkansas's Medicaid work requirement, federal oversight panel says

Among those beneficiaries who are required to report, "91.6 percent ... failed to do so in September 2018," the letter said. That sends "a strong warning signal that the current process may not be structured in a way that provides individuals an opportunity to succeed, with high stakes for beneficiaries who fail."

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 15:33:00

New episode of Rock the Culture: "Vote for a Change"

In this week’s episode, Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on the 2018 local elections in Little Rock and Central Arkansas.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 15:20:00

Capitalism at work, chamber of commerce style

My thanks to veteran business reporter David Smith of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, who covered the Monday annual meeting of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. It featured a discussion by Stephens Inc. CEO Warren Stephens and Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone about the glories of capitalism and free enterprise.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 14:28:33

Counting the uncountable votes on ballot issues UPDATE: Lots of opposition to Issue One

Thanks to some misleading politicking by Republican Sen. Trent Garner I learned that some information is available about ballot issues — lawsuit limits and term limits — removed from the ballot by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 14:18:00

Thursday: News roundup and open line

The open line and daily video news roundup.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 14:05:00

Speaking of failing schools and where to lay the blame

UAMS announced today that it and Our House will announce a plan next week to help homeless pregnant women and families with young children Naturally, schools came to my mind.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 13:40:00

Almost 900 votes uncounted in Benton County precinct

The Benton County Election Commission has discovered that 897 votes cast at the Centro Christiano church polling place were not counted.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 13:35:00

New episode of Out in Arkansas: "The Rainbow Wave"

Out in Arkansas’s hosts Traci Berry and Angie Bowen talk about all the things because all the things are LGBTQ things. This week they talk about the outcome of the mid-term elections and finding positives in even the smallest steps of progress, as well as what comes next. It doesn’t stop with our votes! Thank you for listening! #outinarkansas #beinggayinthesouth #dontbeadouche #beadecentperson

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:49:00

Race, poverty and school quality: More facts behind the school grades

Dr. Michael Mills, an education professor, has dug deeper into school statistics to illustrate a point the Hutchinson administration is missing in grading schools and awarding bonus money — race and poverty matter.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:18:00

Death penalty reversed in Pine Bluff killing for ineffective defense

The Arkansas Supreme Court today reversed the death penalty given Kenneth Reams by a Jefferson County jury in the 1993 shooting death of Gary Turner during a robbery at an ATM machine. The court said Reams had ineffective counsel during the penalty phase of the trial.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:06:00

Quapaw Tribe points to early 2020 opening for Pine Bluff casino

John Berrey, chairman of the Oklahoma-based Quapaw Tribe, says he hopes to have a permit for a casino in Pine Bluff by the end of April, to be "digging dirt" by June and to open a casino in Pine Bluff early in 2020.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 08:26:00

Trump administration moves to limit insurance coverage for birth control pills

The Trump administration is moving forward with a new rule that will allow employers not to provide coverage under group health policies for contraception such as birth control pills.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 08:16:00

Justice Ginsburg falls, breaks ribs

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized after a fall in her office left her with fractured ribs. Fervent best wishes for a speedy recovery are in order.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 08:13:00

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, same-sex marriage foe, defeated in re-election bid

Allow me a moment of schadenfreude: Voters in Rowan County, Ky., voted this week to replace Republican county clerk Kim Davis with a Democrat in a 54-46 defeat of the woman who became a national figure for refusing in 2015 to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 08:01:00

Arkansas man arrested for making threats to CNN

Benjamin Craig Matthews, 39, of Mountain Home has been arrested for making threatening calls to CNN headquarters. The calls, according to the Baxter Bulletin, included death threats to anchor Don Lemon.

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