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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 07:28:00

Trump sabotage of health coverage brings unintended benefit

Donald Trump's effort to sabotage the insurance market actually has some unexpected upsides, the New York Times reports.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 07:12:00

The 'Me, too' movement spreads to state legislatures

The Harvey Weinstein case and the "Me, too" ripple effect, which now has spread to state legislatures Arkansas, anyone?

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 22:25:00

Governor promises Arkansas Works will remain stable despite Trump executive order

Governor Hutchinson told reporters Tuesday that Arkansas Works, the state’s privatized approach to Medicaid expansion, would be able to fully offset the cost of a sharp rise in private health insurance premiums in the coming year by decreasing another type of payment the state makes to insurance carriers.

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Today's headlines: LR spurns Amazon bid

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 14:58:00

Bipartisan deal to continue subsidies Trump ended. But ...

Everyone's reporting that Sens. Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander have struck a bipartisan deal on to continue federal subsidies for health coverage that Donald Trump cut off.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 14:05:00

Tuesday: Open line, news roundup

The open line, plus the day's news roundup.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:26:00

Hutchinson opposes diversion of general revenue to highways

Gov. Asa Hutchinson called reporters to the Capitol to say that he would "vigorously oppose" any potential highway funding plans that tap general revenue funds.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:17:00

James Lee Witt corrects Trump on grade for Puerto Rico relief effort

Donald Trump twice yesterday used James Lee Witt, Bill Clinton's widely hailed FEMA director and now in the private business of assisting in disasters, as a reference on the work he's done responding to hurricanes this year. Media, particularly on the conservative end, have echoed the Trump remarks.But hold on: Witt wasn't talking about Puerto Rico.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:02:00

David Dunn, former legislator and election integrity commission member, died Monday

David Dunn, a former state representative from Forrest City and lobbyist who'd been in the news this year as a member of Donald Trump's Commission on Election Integrity, died Monday.

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Today's headlines: LR spurns Amazon bid

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:53:00

Vogelpohl jumps from attorney general to big business campaign to squelch lawsuits

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced this morning that Carl Vogelpohl was departing as her chief of staff and Cory Cox would be replacing him.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 07:23:00

Tax-cut deficits OK. Help for Puerto Rico? Not for French HIll and them

Vox points out the towering hypocrisy in the vote by 69 Republican members of the U.S. House, including Rep. French Hill of Little Rock, against a disaster aid package for Puerto Rico and other parts of the U.S.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 07:14:00

Governor to talk about health care, highway funding

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will entertain media questions at a 9:30 a.m. session today that is said to cover health care and highway funding. Questions need to be asked about impact on people, not just the state budget, from recent insurance premium increeases and Donald Trump's cut of federal subsidies.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 19:13:00

State tallies 323 applications to grow or sell medical marijuana

The state Department of Finance and Administration Department released this evening a tally of total applications to either cultivate (95) or dispense (228) marijuana under the new medical marijuana law.

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 17:17:00

Judge objects to trainer's references to Black Lives Matter

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen has written a letter to the Administrative Office of the Courts objecting to what his staff said were derogatory references to Black Lives Matter by the leader of a session on court security.

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 16:07:00

ACLU joins review of 'rehabilitation' agency's treatment of poultry workers

ACLU chapters in Oklahoma and Arkansas have joined the review of an Oklahoma agency that has put drug court defendants to work at poultry companies in conditions described in an investigative report as virtual slave labor.

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 15:47:00

Judge orders state to provide information, legislative testimony in Fayetteville civil rights suit

Circuit Judge Doug Martin of Fayetteville has issued a formal order that quashes a state effort to block requests for information and sworn testimony from legislators and other state officials about the motivation behind the state law that prohibits cities from enacting local ordinances that extend civil rights protection to gay people.

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 14:51:00

Monday. Again

Monday. The open line. The daily news roundup.

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 13:03:00

UA-Little Rock picks firm to study football

UA-Little Rock said today it had chosen a Texas firm to study the feasbility of adding football to the schools' intercollegiate athletics.

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:44:00

Hilton opens Garden Inn in River Market District, rooftop bar on tap

The Hilton Garden Inn is open at 322 Rock Street in the River Market district. It's one of six hotels in the chain that opened nationally this fall.

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:14:00

Poultry industry pushing Trump for less inspection time

Donald Trump could win friends in the board rooms of the poultry industry, if not on the slaughterhouse floor, with approval of a poultry industry push to move chicken lines faster. Critics say this could have ill effects.

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 09:20:00

Trump wisdom: Pence could be worse

Substantive objections to Donald Trump as president are numerous, but this New Yorker account of his own assessment of vice president Mike Pence illustrates the downside — Pence could be worse. He'd almost certainly be more effective working with Congress, another point against ousting Trump to get Pence

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