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Friday, July 20, 2018

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

Duck boat sinks on excursion in Table Rock Lake with 31 aboard

Many are feared dead in sinking of excursion boat on 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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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 11:26:00

KATV report: A web of financial woes for hotel owner, political player

KATV reports on financial troubles building for Gary Gibbs and his businesses, including a hotel in Hot Springs and a resort in Desha County. The article reports also on a complaint filed by a prosecutor against Gibbs, who's been a political player in the past.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 08:19:00

Judge won't back effort to stop demolition of bridge at Clarendon

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported this morning that a deadline to work out a deal to save the abandoned U.S. 79 bridge at Clarendon had passed with no deal between preservationists and the state. It was no surprise.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 07:49:00

Batesville schools prepare to arm up

Batesville is the latest in what is likely to be a long list of school districts opting to put more guns on campus in the hands of staff members who've undergone a state training course. KARK reports.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 07:33:00

More Republicans feel heat on GOP tax deadbeat

Three weeks too late, Republican Rep. Charlie Collins has announced that his Republican colleague, Rep. Mickey Gates of Hot Springs, should resign from the House and quit the race for re-election because of six pending counts of felony failure to pay state income taxes. Gates, you remember, hasn't paid state taxes for 15 years and has deadbeat the state on withholding payments, too.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 07:24:00

Which Republican are you going to choose for Arkansas Supreme Court?

Arkansas voters have a difficult choice in the race in November for Supreme Court justice — incumbent Courtney Goodson or David Sterling, who's using a state job at DHS (wouldn't you like to see his leave records) to run for the office by making the rounds of Republican gatherings. Goodson has her own Republican ties.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 07:15:00

The latest in Trump: The word 'traitor' gains currency

The New York Times has finally moved from Hillary Clinton's e-mails to Russian election interference with energy it should have deployed during the presidential campaign.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 15:57:00

Baptist Health to buy Sparks Health System hospitals in Fort Smith, Van Buren

Community Health Systems,. a publicly traded hospital company, is selling its Sparks Health System hospitals in Fort Smith and Van Buren and related physician clinics and outpatient services to Baptist Health of Little Rock.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 13:21:00

Wednesday: An open line and the world according to Trump

Here's the open line. Also, the daily news roundup beginning with the latest episode of the Real President of Capitol Hill.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:24:00

Lawsuit seeks halt of Interstate 630 widening work

A federal lawsuit was filed today to halt work on an expansion of Interstate 630 between Baptist Medical Center and University Avenue because the Arkansas Department of Transportation didn't perform an environmental assessment of the work. UPDATE: The state refused service of the lawsuit, an unusual happenstance that a federal judge might hear about Thursday.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 08:00:30

Another city challenged over ordinance aimed at banning inexpensive mobile homes

A group that successfully sued McCrory over its effort ban inexpensive mobile homes has filed a similar complaint against the city of Newark.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 06:51:00

State suspends search for execution drug

KARK reports that the state Correction Department has temporarily stopped searching for midazolam, one of the drugs used in executions. That likely means no further executions until the law can be changed to provide more secrecy in the process.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 06:40:00

Asa finally mans up on deadbeat GOP lawmaker, says Gates should resign

Under political pressure, Gov. Asa Hutchinson finally said Tuesday what he should have said almost three weeks ago — tax deadbeat and Republican state representative Mickey Gates should resign.

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