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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 17:32:01

Update: Another indictment in Preferred Family Healthcare scandal

A former billing director for Preferred Family Healthcare has been charged with Medicaid fraud in Independence County.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 15:52:00

Manafort: Guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty. Cohen pleads. Omarosa has more tapes.

A jury has found Donald Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort guilty of eight felony charges but couldn't reach a verdict on 10 other counts in his fraud trial. The judge declared a mistrial on the 10. Also today: Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has entered a guilty plea. And Omarosa has tapes to play on Chris Matthews tonight. Fake news?

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 14:06:00

Headlines and an open line

Here's the daily roundup of news and views, plus an open line. (Sorry about yesterday, Blog regulars.)

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 13:23:00

Casino group adds signatures

The group seeking to expand casino gambling in Arkansas reports it has gathered many more signatures on the proposal — if certified enough to qualify for the ballot.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 13:17:00

Ted Suhl's appeal has friend in conservative lawyer James Bopp

Ted Suhl, the former operator of behavioral health agencies in Arkansas who is now serving a federal prison sentence for bribing a state Human Services official, has picked up a prominent friend in his request that the U.S. Supreme Court hear his appeal. It's an organization founded by lawyer James Bopp, a legal architect of the Citizens United decision that opened the flow of corporate money into politics and other legal efforts to weaken disclosure requirements on political spending.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 11:28:00

Trump administration pushes for dirtier air, Sierra Club protests, Rutledge cheers

Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under Donald Trump, is forging ahead with a plan to roll back Obama-era efforts to reduce air pollution by electric power plants. It's a boon to the coal industry, for which Wheeler once lobbied. The Arkansas chapter of the Sierra Club says it's bad news.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 10:36:00

New Rock the Culture: We want to be counted with Congressman John Lewis!

In this week’s episode, hosts Antwan Phillips and state Rep. Charles Blake provide perspective and conversation on the candidates running for the Little Rock Board of Directors, North Little Rock landing an Amazon facility, and Satanic Temple Rally at the state Capitol.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 09:29:00

Dogpatch deal appears to be unraveling

The Harrison Daily Times reports that an eviction suit has been filed against a company that had leased property above the old Dogpatch USA theme park. It alleges Heritage USA Ozarks Resort and the company owner David Hare haven't paid the rent.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 07:57:00

Leslie Rutledge mounts the Trump defense

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is adopting the Donald Trump strategy on news of her lackluster history as a DHS lawyer: unleash a Tweetstorm and call it "fake news" This is another way to say "facts unflattering to the candidate." She protests too much.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 07:28:00

Griffen ethics case will proceed to trial

The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission Monday denied Judge Wendell Griffen's request to dismiss ethics charges against him. It also granted him only limited access to documents he'd sought related to the investigation.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 21:02:31

UPDATE: Circuit judge rules that DHS must release Leslie Rutledge's personnel records

Word just in that Circuit Judge Tim Fox has ordered from the bench that the state's Department of Human Services must release the personnel files on Leslie Rutledge that have previously been hidden from public view.

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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 17:06:00

Windgate gifts to Arts Center endow curatorial positions, support future: UPDATE

Arkansas Arts Center Interim Director Laine Harber announced today that the Windgate Charitable Foundation had made an "exciting gift" to endow the Arts Center's curatorial positions. John Brown, the senior adviser to the foundation, confirmed this afternoon that the curatorial endowment is part of a $5 million operating endowment granted the Arts Center at the end of 2017.

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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 16:38:00

Medicaid expansion could make ballot in Nebraska

Speaking of Medicaid expansion in red states, the Omaha World-Herald reports that the issue could make the ballot as a popular initiative in Nebraska this November.

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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 15:16:00

Brett Kavanaugh pushed Ken Starr to ask Bill Clinton about masturbation, orgasms, phone sex, oral sex, cigar sex, and more

Here are the ten naughty questions Brett Kavanaugh wanted to ask Bill Clinton.

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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 14:39:00

UA professor wins $3.4 million grant

A University of Arkansas professor and his team will develop a device to link solar power arrays to the national power grid thanks to a $3.4 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 14:21:00

Warwick Sabin releases video in opposition to I-30 expansion

State Rep. Warwick Sabin today put out a 2-minute video on his opposition to the proposed I-30 expansion through the downtown corridor.

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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 13:45:00

Kentucky governor's lawsuit against his own citizens over Medicaid work requirements dismissed

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's quixotic efforts to snatch health insurance away from poor Kentuckians was dealt another setback today when a federal judge in Frankfort, Ky., tossed out the governor's lawsuit against sixteen low-income Kentuckians. Meanwhile, the legal battle over Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas continues.

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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 10:54:00

Severe weather predicted for Eastern Arkansas

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of the state today and tonight, with the northeast corner of the state getting hit hardest.

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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 09:48:00

Tyson to buy chicken-nugget maker Keystone Foods in $2.16 billion deal

Springdale-based Tyson Foods announced today that it is acquiring Keystone Foods, a major supplier for McDonald's, for $2.16 billion in cash.

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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 09:00:00

Forecasting the House

Polls! Forecasts! Predictions! Oh My!

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