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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 16:07:00

The Cheech and Chong Memorial Open line

A big pot bust in Little Rock is part of tonight's open line.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 07:46:00

The press copes with the Trump era — calling a lie a falsehood

The press is making progress in coping with a serial liar in the White House.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 07:38:00

Issue 1: An opponent issues a challenge

A lawyer issues a bounty for anyone who can prove misleading arguments in favor of Issue 1, the corporate amendment to squelch damage lawsuits.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 17:16:00

The wired Little Rock open line

Here's the Saturday open line and an item about a modest effort by the city of Little Rock to provide WiFi access in a public area.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 08:03:00

Delay in LR City Board-shrinking ordinance

City Director Erma Hendrix's proposed ordinance to eliminate the three at-large director seats on the 10-member Little Rock City Board has been deferred for consideration until July 2.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 07:54:00

Pop down to the Stifft Station Popup today

The Stifft Station Popup, an experiment in encouraging more pedestrian use in the commercial district at West Markham and Kavanaugh, will bloom with entertainment today.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 07:04:00

What took so long? A new legal problem for Sen. Hutchinson

Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson's mishandling of a lawsuit, subject of an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today, is old news to readers of the Arkansas Blog. A new lawsuit looks a little like rear-covering from here.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 17:25:00

Enrollment in Arkansas Works declined by 5,000 in May

The decrease was not due to the new work requirement that went into effect for some Arkansas Works recipients this month. Instead, it appears to be the result of DHS' ongoing efforts to remove beneficiaries it says are ineligible.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 15:10:00

TGIF and news

Here's the open line. Also today's news and comment.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 15:02:00

Chief justice urges defeat of Issue 1

Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Kemp says vote NO on Issue 1. He's right, of course.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 14:53:00

Governor edges into ethics

Gov. Asa Hutchinson spoke today to the Arkansas Bar Association and proposed a couple of small improvements in ethics law. He could have gone further.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 14:05:00

Shepherd becomes House Speaker; defers ethics rule change questions

Shepherd would not say whether he'll push for similar changes in the House. "As with anything else, we’ll look to see what if any improvements we can make," he said.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 12:51:00

John Troutt, former publisher, dies at 88

John Troutt, the long-time publisher of the Jonesboro Sun, died Thursday night at 88, his family tells me.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 12:12:00

Last chance for tickets to Pig & Swig

The Arkansas Times second annual Pig and Swig event is tonight from 6 - 9p.m. at Heifer Village. Get your tickets before it's too late!

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 11:05:00

If: A challenge from The Observer over the tragedy at the border

The Observer (most know him as David Koon) has written powerfully in the Times this week on the Trump- and Sessions-ordered cruelty at U.S. borders. His Bible and heart are more expansive than those of the Trump administration.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 10:52:00

Arkansas schools don't need no stinkin' journalism

High school journalism? Who needs it, the Arkansas Legislature decides.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 09:38:00

A trade war with China could be felt in Arkansas

Donald Trump is moving ahead with tariffs on China and it has vowed to retaliate. Arkansas could feel it.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 09:22:00

Arkansas unemployment rate unchanged in May

The Arkansas unemployment rate in May held steady at 3.8 percent.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 09:19:00

Trump wants you to sit up straight, just like in North Korea!

Donald Trump gave Fox and Friends an interview this morning and early reports suggest it was something. Lies were told, of course. Example: Democrats are to blame for jerking children from parents at the border, not his policy. Also: Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to a crime, has been treated unfairly. Also this: Trump continued his warm (and scary) talk about the dictatorial ways of the leader of North Korea, aka Little Rocketman.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 07:42:00

Today's outrage: State inaction on Medicaid scandal

So the Arkansas Senate yesterday announced supposed improvements in an ethics code that has been unenforced for the 45 years I've worked in Arkansas. Meanwhile, the Senate, House and governor stand silent on the biggest scandal of the moment — disregard of a massive criminal enterprise from which the prime beneficiary still receives more than $40 million a year in taxpayer money.I refer to the healthcare provider, Preferred Family Healthcare Services, sitting fat thanks to criminal or unethical acts by at least one of its executives and many legislators.My take:

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