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Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 08:12:00

Appeals court blocks Trump rule aiming to curb birth control coverage, though not in Arkansas

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the Trump administration rule expanding the ability of employers to decline to include contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans by citing religious or simply moral grounds.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 18:13:00

State Board of Education's Diane Zook to move to reshape LRSD

State Board of Education member Diane Zook disclosed her wide-ranging plan to micromanage the Little Rock School District at a State Board meeting on Thursday. She sounds like she wants to be LRSD superintendent.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 17:27:00

State Board of Education wakes up to transparency; delays vote on waiving Teacher Fair Dismissal law in Pine Bluff

Although it was nowhere to be found on its agenda, the State Board of Education discussed waiving the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act for the Pine Bluff School District today, but ultimately postponed consideration to allow the public sufficient notice.

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Today's headlines: Trump and more Trump, plus Flynn

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 16:33:00

Attorney General Rutledge asks Public Service Commission to review Entergy-Sierra Club settlement that would shutter coal-burning power plants in state

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who's long been an opponent of environmental protections, now wants to stand in the way of an agreement to shutter Arkansas's biggest contributors to climate change.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:56:00

Democratic lawmakers call for state Board of Education to maintain standards, deny waiver proposals

State Rep. Vivian Flowers (D-Pine Bluff) and state Rep.-elect Tippi McCullough (D-Little Rock) have released statements decrying expected moves by the State Board of Education to waive educational laws in the Little Rock and Pine Bluff school districts, both of which are under state control.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 14:50:00

Our House names Cynthia Huff and LaShaunti Natt as the 2018 Resilient Family of the Year

Our House announced Cynthia Huff and LaShaunti Natt as recipients of the nonprofit’s 2018 Resilient Family of the Year award on Friday, Dec. 7 at its Home for the Holidays charity event.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 14:28:00

Wisconsin strikes deal with Kimberly-Clark that means Conway plant closure

The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal reports that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has struck a deal with Kimberly-Clark in which the company will retain operations in Wisconsin in return for $25 million in handouts over five years. This means the closure of Kimberly-Clark plant in Conway, the article says.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 14:02:00

Thursday's open line

Here's the Thursday open line. Also a roundup of news headlines so far today.

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Today's headlines: Trump and more Trump, plus Flynn

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 13:38:00

Kentucky court kills pension change that prompted teacher strike

The Kentucky Supreme Court today struck down a state law that changed the state teacher pension plan, a change that sparked massive teacher protests.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 12:09:00

A blow to church school vouchers in Montana

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that the state's constitution makes illegal voucher payments for students to attend religious-oriented public schools.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 09:58:00

Hog linebacker arrested on drug, gun charges

Demetrius Walker, a sophomore linebacker for the Arkansas Razorbacks, has been jailed in Washington County on charges of possession of marijuana and Xanax with intent to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm (an AR-15 rifle with a loaded magazine.)

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 08:45:00

Teacher fair dismissal law apparently to be waived in Pine Bluff, too

State Board of Education action to waive school standards law in the Pine Bluff School District may be broader than I indicated yesterday. But officials won't talk about it.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 08:24:00

UPDATE: Politico suggests Tom Cotton will lose his fight against justice reform

Tom Cotton's winning streak as a Senate obstructionist may come to an end on criminal justice reform.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 16:23:00

Kane Webb leaving Parks and Tourism for Walmart

Kane Webb is departing as director of the state Parks and Tourism Department to take a job as director of executive communications at Walmart headquarters in Bentonville. Cynthia Dunlap will be the agency's interim director.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 14:09:00

Wednesday: Headlines and the open line

The video news roundup and the open line.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 13:43:00

Michael Cohen gets three years

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer, was sentenced to three years in federal prison today for a variety of crimes, including accusations related to paying hush money to Trump mistresses to keep their stories out of circulation during the 2016 election campaign. Can't wait for the Trump tweet storm.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 13:30:00

Arkansas DHS to step up outreach on Medicaid work requirement and allow reporting by phone

The helpline (which can be reached at 1-855-372-1084) will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. DHS will also buy paid advertising to better inform beneficiaries about the work requirement.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 12:04:00

City Board reviews city manager, city attorney; alters Moore's pay accrual deal

Little Rock City Board reviews city manager and city attorney. It also gave Manager Bruce Moore an improvement in his contract on accrued vacation and leave time.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 11:51:00

Don't shoot! We're just high school gals.

A gunshow billboard has ruffled some feathers in Hillcrest.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 11:28:00

UPDATE: Rich get richer: State income tax edition

Sen. Jim Hendren Tweets from the state's tax cutting task force meeting this morning that the gorup had backed the plan preferred by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to phase in a change in the state income tax to three rates with a drop in the top rate from 6.9 percent to 5.9 percent.

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    Gary Heathcott the long-time ad and PR man who now lives in San Antonio has sued CJRW, the major ad and PR firm, over its severing of a consulting deal with him last year and asks $1.3 million in actual damages plus unspecified punitive damages.
  • Satanic Temple cleared to enter the 10 Commandments lawsuit

    The Satanic Temple has been allowed to enter the lawsuit challenging the 10 Commandments monument at the state Capitol on the ground that refusal of its request to install a Baphomet monument was a violation of their constitutional equal protection right.
  • A time to speak up for the Little Rock School District

    The state Board of Education will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in special session to complete business on suggestions to alter operation of the Little Rock and Pine Bluff School Districts. It is time for those who believe in local control of the district — looking at you Mayor-elect Frank Scott Jr. and the Little Regional Chamber of Commerce — to stand up and be counted.

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