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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 16:24:00

The Mondo Trumpe open line

A world of the dogs? Check out Trump's latest poll ratings.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 08:25:00

University pay ranking puts UA System chief at 57

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently released its survey of pay of top public and private university leaders in 2016-17. Donald Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, checked in at No. 57 on the list of 251 public university leaders.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 16:16:00

Winds, race and an open line

The open line includes power outages, Republicans and racism.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 08:25:00

EPA sues over 2013 oil spill near Magnolia

The oil spill many probably never heard about — far bigger than the Mayflower pipeline rupture — has now led to a federal lawsuit against the owner of the operation in Magnolia where the spill occurred.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 07:42:00

Another ranking, another low score for Arkansas as a place to do business

Another ranking is out with a bad finish for Arkansas. But remember, as Lindsey Millar's cover story this week tells us, these statistical mashups don't mean much, except, perhaps, that they might contribute to perceptions by others.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 07:21:00

For Sarah Sanders, loyalty to Trump is more important than truth

Megan Garber of The Atlantic blisters Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her devotion to Donald Trump over truth in a lengthy essay.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 17:38:00

The Corruption Scandal Gets Bigger Edition

A new guilty plea in the seemingly ever-expanding public corruption scandal, the state Board of Corrections voting to fire the director of the parole and probations division and a lawsuit aimed at halting I-630 expansion.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 - 14:11:00

Tucker hits Hill on vote against election security measure

State Rep. Clarke Tucker, the Democratic opposing Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill criticizes Hill for opposing legislation to increase spending on election security measures.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 - 13:41:00

TGIF and the news roundup

Here's your open line, plus the headline/comment roundup.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:54:00

Judge refuses to lift hold on state anti-abortion law

Federal Judge Kristine Baker today denied the state's attempt to lift her preliminary order stopping enforcement of a state law aimed at putting medicine abortion providers out of business.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:27:00

Study: Democrats less inclined to cheat on spouses

The Guardian reports on social science research using hacked data from the Ashley Madison adultery website and voter data from five states that concludes Democrats are less inclined to cheat on their spouses than Republicans. Josh Duggar anyone?

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Friday, July 20, 2018 - 09:29:00

Arkansas unemployment rate steady at 3.8 percent

The Arkansas unemployment rate in June was 3.8 percent in June, the same as in May. The workforce declined by 1,348 jobs.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 - 08:06:00

Griffen asks for broadcast of judicial discipline proceeding

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, through his lawyer Michael Laux, has asked for broadcast of proceedings by the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission about ethics charges brought against him.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 - 07:52:00

ICYMI: Lamoureux's response to latest corruption plea

In case you missed it: Former Sen. Michael Lamoureux provided an e-mail response to the latest guilty plea in the sprawling public corruption probe that has so far netted five former legislators.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 - 07:33:00

Cover jinx? A bad night in Little Rock if you're counting

How bad is Little Rock? Not so bad our cover story this week makes clear. But bad stuff happens even in lovely Little Rock.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 21:34:00

17 dead in duck boat sinking in Table Rock Lake storm

Thirteen are dead and four missing after another duck boat calamity, this one on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 15:55:00

Corruption probe nets another guilty plea, implicates another senator

Jerry Walsh, 72, who ran the now-defunct South Arkansas Youth Services, has pleaded guilty to paying $120,000 to an unnamed Arkansas state senator in return for action favorable to the agency, Walsh and others.He pleaded guilty today in federal court in El Dorado. The scheme altogether diverted $380,000 in public money.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 14:36:00

Troubled bridges and other news on Thursday's open line

Bridges over water and a controversial Interstate project are among the headlines today on our daily roundup of news and comment. Here's the open line.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 14:12:00

Change in today's I-630 hearing; plaintiffs hope for delay in bridge demolition: UPDATE: Bridge to come down

A federal case concerning the lawsuit filed yesterday to stop the Interstate 630 widening project has been transferred to federal Judge Jay Moody and the hearing scheduled today was moved to 2:45 p.m

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:07:00

Correction Board heeds governor, fires Community Correction director for seeking to increase budget

The state Board of Correction has voted to fire Sheila Sharp as Community Correction director. Gov. Asa Hutchinson wanted a change, apparently because Sharp didn't want to cut the budget enough. She said the cuts he wanted endanger public safety.

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