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Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 19:23:00

Attorney general again rejects David Couch's proposed ballot initiative to alter redistricting process

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today rejected a proposed ballot initiative brought by David Couch to enact changes to the process by which the state redraws congressional and state legislative districts. It was the second time that Rutledge has rejected the proposal. Couch's proposal would give both parties, as well as nonpartisan actors, a role in redrawing the maps, effectively reducing the total control that Republican officials, including Rutledge herself, would have over the process in 2020.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 17:19:00

The Friday 4/20 open line

Have a good weekend, folks.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 17:05:00

The Wendell Griffen News Cycle Edition

Embattled Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, a group of UA Little Rock students repeatedly shouting the n-word while singing along to a popular song, the federal corruption trial of former Sen. Jon Woods and more — covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 15:23:00

Popular Brinkley barbecue restaurant busted for suspected video gambling machines

Gene's Bar-B-Que & Restaurant in Brinkley has been raided by special agents with the First Judicial District Drug Task Force on suspicion of illegal gambling. Ten video arcade machines and cash were seized from the popular barbecue joint.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 14:08:00

Walmart tests new dress code, will allow employees to wear blue jeans at some stores

Walmart is experimenting with a new dress code at a small number of stores, Bloomberg reports.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 13:38:00

State's pre-K enrollment beats national figures but stagnant funds threaten future

The report, distributed by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, shows 50 percent of 4-year-olds and 35 percent of 3-year-olds in Arkansas are enrolled in state-funded pre-K, Head Start or special ed programs.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 13:20:00

Fayetteville students participate in national school walkout day

Around 30 students gathered in front of the Washington County Courthouse for National School Walkout Day, a protest against gun violence on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:36:00

Jon Woods tried to direct marijuana money to Ecclesia College

The bombshells continue in the federal corruption trial against former Sen. Jon Woods, who federal prosecutors allege took kickbacks from from state money he guided to Ecclesia College and a mental health agency. Testimony yesterday confirmed previous reporting from the Arkansas Blog that Woods tried to steer marijuana cash to Ecclesia College.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 10:57:00

Federal judge halts Cantrell Drug's distribution business until remediation plan complete

The order prevents the compounder from "manufacturing, processing, or distributing drugs until they comply with specific remedial measures."

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 09:34:00

Arkansas's unemployment rate holds steady in March; still slightly below national figure

Department of Workforce Services data for March shows the state's unemployment rate remained low at 3.8 percent, the agency reported.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 09:05:00

Isaac Henry faces controversy over residency in state House race in North Little Rock

Another residency dispute: Isaac Henry, a candidate for House District 37, has connections to two homes, one owned by his uncle in the district and one owned by his wife in another district, where he and his family appear to live a significant amount of the time.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 07:59:00

Residency disputes in House races: GOP seeks to remove Morgan Wiles from ballot, Democrats seek to remove Rep. Marcus Richmond

Disputes over residency are erupting in a few House races, with each party's attorneys bringing a lawsuit this week aiming to try to oust an opposing candidate from the ballot.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 06:00:00

DHS warns of end to entire at-home services program for disabled and elderly if court enjoins rule on allocation of hours

Both parties are seeking summary judgment on the ARChoices case, and Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen said he would issue a written ruling within the next ten days.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 19:44:00

Belated Thursday open line

We're down some staff and had to skip the video headlines today.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 17:42:00

Police arrest another suspect in Power Ultra Lounge shooting

The Little Rock Police Department has issued warrants for a Memphis man in connection with the Power Ultra Lounge shooting.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 17:21:00

Ten Commandments monument returns to state Capitol next week, Rapert says

A new Ten Commandments monument will be erected on state Capitol grounds next week, Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) reports on his Facebook page. Rapert sponsored the enabling legislation and created the American History & Heritage Foundation to pay for it.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 15:34:00

Tractors stolen from Scottie Pippen's farm

"No Tippin' Pippen," Midtown Billiards, and me.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 14:58:00

Fayetteville and University of Arkansas advocate for Oklahoma wind energy project

The University of Arkansas and the city of Fayetteville announced today their support for the Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project, an Oklahoma panhandle wind farm that will deliver power to Northwest Arkansas.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 14:40:00

East Arkansas judges halt state's ban on dicamba as AG readies appeals

At least four separate legal challenges to the state's ban have now been filed by groups of farmers in four northeast Arkansas counties — Phillips, Mississippi, Greene and Clay — who want to use the herbicide

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 14:37:00

UA Little Rock responds to "racially insensitive incident" involving video of fraternity and sorority

A video uploaded to Facebook shows members of the  Chi Omega sorority and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity singing along to the song "Freaky Friday." The white students repeatedly shout along to the n-word.

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