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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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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 09:02:00

Tom Cotton to CIA?

Speculation that another Donald Trump cabinet shakeup could send Sen. Tom Cotton to head the CIA continues, here in Axios.

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 07:14:00

Fort Smith legislator paid almost $700,000 on port concept. A waste, says one evaluation.

Here's an economic development project that has produced economic benefits for at least one person — Republican state Rep. Mat Pitsch of Fort Smith.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 16:21:00

The fall open line: Talking turkey, Yellville Turkey Trot style

The Sunday open line includes a report and photos from an animal rescuer's report on the Yellville Turkey Trot, a festival at which live domestic turkeys are tossed from buildings and an airplane.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 07:48:00

Trump punishes his base (Arkansas, in other words) with health coverage decision

Here's further details on how Donald Trump's decision to end federal subsidies for health care coverage of lower income people hits hardest in the state's that gave him his electoral college win, such as Arkansas.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 19:19:00

Mayor Stodola responds to critics of effort to squelch rap show

Mayor Mark Stodola responds to criticism of his opposition to a rap show that was canceled last week

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 11:55:00

The looming health care crisis? Where's Asa? And Arkansans in Congress?

Donald Trump's moves to single-handedly wreck Obamacare with executive orders and an end to federal subsidies to help lower-income people pay for health care is already coming home to roost.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 07:39:00

Arkies, get your gun permits. Campus carry rules have been drawn up.

The State Police are making progress on the program to provide an advanced concealed carry permit that would allow permit holders to take their guns onto college campuses.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 07:18:00

No plane drop of turkeys at Yellville festival — so far

The Baxter Bulletin reports that the opening day Friday of the annual Yellville Turkey Trot festival included no airplane drop of live turkeys, though four were released from buildings for those in the crowd to capture.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 06:48:00

French Hill votes against disaster aid to Puerto Rico

Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill alone among Arkansas's House delegation voted last week against a measure that provided $36.5 billion in disaster aid, a portion  for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as well as money for wildfire response and to support the flood insurance program.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 06:28:00

Josh Duggar loses lawsuit over tabloid story on molestation

A federal judge in Fayetteville Thursday dismissed Josh Duggar's invasion of privacy lawsuit against In Touch Weekly for its article that revealed he'd been investigated for molesting his younger sisters.

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