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Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 08:55:00

Supreme Court orders Arkansas to stop birth certificate discrimination

Scotusblog reports that the U.S. Supreme Court today summarily ordered Arkansas to place both names of same-sex couples on birth certifricates.

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Monday, June 26, 2017 - 07:07:00

Arkansas officials sued over efforts to extradite man wrongly arrested

A California man wrongly arrested in search for an Arkansas prison escapee has a lawsuit pending in Little Rock against Arkansas correction officials for trying to extradite him despite lack of evidence authorities had the right man.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 16:52:00

The crime and punishment open line

The open line includes news of a gang-related Little Rock shooting and capture of an escaped con on the lam for 32 years.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 08:17:00

Two years of marriage equality and the American family still stands

Stories from newlyweds the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage is a reminder of a time when, for a brief period, Arkansas was on the cutting edge.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 08:00:00

Class action lawsuit over Huckabee robocalls rolls on

The Daily Beast reports that notices have been sent to potential claimants in a class-action lawsuit over the marketing of a movie, "Last Ounce of Courage," by robocalls made by Mike Huckabee.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 07:38:00

And still more pride in Harrison, plus the usual cranks

A good crowd of marchers turned in Harrison Saturday for a Pride Parade, along with the usual handful of local cranks.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 17:06:00

The diversity open line

The open line includes a pride parade in Fayetteville and new caucuses for Democrats in Arkansas.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 11:00:00

Annals of meanness: Senate health bill could affect 400,000 Arkansas children

I'd mentioned the impact of the Senate health bill on health coverage for 400,000 Arkansas children yesterday (and the corresponding body blow to Arkansas Children's Hospital), but as luck has it Benjamin Hardy has fleshed out the topic for the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:47:00

Tyson lobbyist Matt Mika, gunshot victim, discharged from hospital

Matt Mika, the Tyson Foods Washington lobbyist who was wounded when a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Virginia, has been discharged from the hospital.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 08:33:00

Plans dropped for Muslim neighborhood in John Barrow

Plans to develop a model Muslim neighborhood in the John Barrow Addition with homes, a mosque and a community center apparently have been abandoned.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 08:17:00

Future looks dim for Little Rock home energy efficiency ordinance

Is a Little Rock ordinance to require tests for energy efficiency in new homes dead? The outlook isn't bright.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 07:54:00

Late night from LRSD: More on $90 million bond deal

My discovery of the behind-the-scenes approval of a $90 million bond sale by the Little Rock School District for a Southwest Little Rock high school and other construction was followed by the distribution at 10:31 p.m. last night of a school district news release about the plan. Some budget details remain to be disclosed.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 20:32:00

Little Rock to sell $90 million in bonds to build Southwest High School, do other work

State Education Commissioner Johnny Key told me this evening that, acting as the Little Rock School District school board, he'd approved a request by Superintendent Michael Poore to move forward to raise $90 million through second-lien bondsto build the proposed new high school in Southwest Little Rock. and pay for other facility improvements including roof and heat/air repairs.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 17:45:00

The Silence of Tom Cotton Edition

The Senate health care bill, Judge Wendell Griffen's ruling on a new juvenile sentencing law, the revival of the bathroom bill and more — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 15:07:00

Details in Senate health bill worse than House bill

The Senate health bill looks worse than the "mean" House bill, experts are saying.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 14:38:00

Another week done. Open line, news and comment.

The open line and daily news report.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:30:00

Cotton office gets a visit from critics of his health bill

Opponents of the Obamacare repeal took their message, and some lipstick, to Sen. Tom Cotton's office today.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 10:45:00

Equality watch: Arkansas birth certificate case still hanging

A lawyer for plaintiffs thinks delay is a good sign for the petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review Arkansas discrimination against same-sex couples in issuance of birth certificates.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 10:20:00

Lend me your ears: 'Julius Caesar' opens at UCA tonight

A reimagined "Julius Caesar" hits the boards in Conway tonight. Lend it an ear.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 10:07:00

Deputy's family accepts waiver of death penalty for triple killer

James Bowden, 42, has pleaded guilty to the March slaying of Yell County sheriff's Lt. Kevin Mainhart and Rita Miller, 61, and Ciera Miller, 17, and been sentenced in a negotiated deal to life in prison without parole.

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