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  • Here it is: The Rock Candy podcast "No Small Talk"Here it is: The Rock Candy podcast "No Small Talk"

    Everybody, come hear the good news. The Rock Candy blog — where we host all our arts and entertainment coverage here at the Arkansas Times — is starting a podcast. Alright, calm down. Stop jumping around. Seriously, calm down. It's a very casual thing — a lot of people have podcasts. We're excited too. Anyway, here's the deal. Each week, we're hoping to release a podcast breaking down art news you care about. Shows will, up front, tell you a bit about what the Times has to offer. Then, we're going to look at one issue: maybe an interview, maybe a discussion about a movie, maybe a book review. To finish up, we'll give some recommendations and The Move (which is our fun way of saying: here's the thing you have to do this weekend). We're going to have people rotate through the podcast but expect a healthy dose of hosting from: Stephanie Smittle, Arts and Entertainment Editor; Jacob Rosenberg, Arkansas Times reporter; and Omaya Jones, selector of the Arkansas Times showcase movie each week. Us three, this very week, did a preview of the movie "Rififi" — playing tonight despite the snow at Riverdale 10 at 7:00 p.m., $9. (We also did a preview of upcoming events last weekend which, if you're reading this on Tuesday, might not be the most relevant.) Before we rush off, it's worth explaining why we started this. Our arts coverage gives you tons of shows and reviews and cool tidbits about artists. But we don't have room to speak informally. This podcast presents an opportunity to showcase art like a friend telling you what's happening around town. Expect us to chat, gush, review, and love art here in an intimate way. You might even get to know us: our biases in terms of art, the movies we hate but respect, the bands we love but don't respect. We hope it feels like a local experience — a conversation you'd overhear at a bar around town. And also one to which you're invited. Plus, if there's something you want us to cover in the podcast reach out to Jacob at Jacob@ArkTimes.com.

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  • Buffalo River protectors say it's time to stop the hog farm in Buffalo watershedBuffalo River protectors say it's time to stop the hog farm in Buffalo watershed

    The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance, which is pressing the case against a hog factory feeding operation in the watershed of the national river, objects to the hog farm's request to be allowed to continue operating despite failing to meet regulatory requirements. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, after lengthy deliberation, last week denied a new permit for the C and H hog farm at Mount Judea. It said there wasn't enough information to justify disposal methods for huge amounts of hog waste in ponds over the limestone subsurface that could allow leakage of waste into the Buffalo River. The denial means the farm must shut down, but it has asked for a stay of the decision. The appeal could take months, or even years, the Alliance says.  The Alliance opposes a stay for a permit that expired more than a year ago. It favors a phase-out of hog farm operations. If a stay is granted, it said, C and H should post a substantial bond sufficient to mitigate any potential damage from hog waste. The Alliance's news release is here: On January 10, 2018, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality issued its long-awaited decision denying the C&H Hog Farms application for a new Regulation 5 No-Discharge permit. For 5 years, BRWA has claimed that C&H did not meet the specific requirements for a permit, particularly as regards its sensitive location on karst terrain near the Buffalo National River, and we commend ADEQ for reaching the same conclusion. State regulations for confined animal feeding operations require that the applicant comply with specific guidance documents which specify that geological, geotechnical, groundwater, soils, structural, and other testing be conducted to assure that the site is appropriate and protective of natural resources, including waters of the state. If not, the regulations require that alternate sites be considered. BRWA has long contended that the required testing was never conducted, the C&H site was inappropriate, and a permit should never have been issued in this location. We are pleased that ADEQ now agrees. C&H has announced that they will appeal the decision and have filed a motion with the Arkansas Department of Pollution Control and Ecology for a Stay of ADEQ’s decision, which would allow the swine facility to continue operations throughout the appeal process, which could last months or even years. BRWA has filed an opposition to this Stay and asks that C&H be required to begin phasing out operations now. C&H has been operating with an expired permit for over a year and, following the recent comment period, was granted 100 days to provide ADEQ with additional information necessary to complete their technical review. C&H failed to do so. More than enough time has passed and C&H should not be allowed to continue spreading raw waste in the Buffalo River watershed. If a stay is granted we ask that C&H be required to post a substantial bond, sufficient to mitigate any damage that might occur during the appeals process and to assure that C&H has the financial resources to close operations promptly when appeals are exhausted. BRWA fully supports private property rights and appropriate scale farming. Industrial scale operations such as C&H are inappropriate in sensitive karst regions near Extraordinary Resource Waters like the Buffalo National River. Property rights end at the fencerow and C&H’s rights do not outweigh those of neighbors dependent on clean groundwater or those of hundreds of small family-owned businesses dependent upon a clean Buffalo National River for their livelihoods. In addition, BRWA urges the ADEQ Director to take immediate steps to implement a permanent moratorium on any new permits for swine CAFOs in the Buffalo National River watershed. C&H claims to be the most closely monitored CAFO in the state, if not the nation. If so, and this operation does not qualify for a permit, none will. So why continue a temporary moratorium? The time is now, to provide the Buffalo National River with the permanent protection it deserves.

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  • Arkansas Students, Teachers Work from Home on Snow Day - KARKArkansas Students, Teachers Work from Home on Snow Day - KARK

    Arkansas Students, Teachers Work from Home on Snow DayKARKLITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Waking up to a winter wonderland during the week isn't called a "snow day" any more in many Arkansas school districts. Instead, it's an "Alternative Methods of Instruction" (AMI) day, where students work from home to skip those ...and more »

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  • Arkansas gets OK for education planArkansas gets OK for education plan

    The state Education Department announced this evening that the feds had signed off on the state's education accountability plan. You perhaps read earlier a Democrat-Gazette article by nonpareil education reporter Cynthia Howell on the feds' request that the state "tweak" its plan on handling test scores to measure accountability. I note in passing that Education Commissioner Johnny Key remarked today on Twitter about a comment that educators should rely more on research-based methods for improving reading scores than test standards. Key said that Arkansas is relying on both. Godspeed. I remain convinced that demography (economics) is destiny in school (student) performance but bless Arkansas and anyone else who can achieve 80 percent proficiency among poor children who disproportionately come from less-educated and often fractured, starving and ill families, many that don't speak English The gobbledegook news release on this, as Paul Greenberg would say, "educanto" follows: Arkansas’ Every Student Succeeds Act plan received approval today from the U.S. Department of Education. The approval of Arkansas’ federal education accountability plan reflects more than a year and a half of ongoing collaboration, input and feedback provided by educators, parents and students around the state. “For over a year and a half, every Arkansan has had an opportunity to provide thoughts and ideas on how we can better measure success in our public schools,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “The Every Student Succeeds Act is a result of the feedback from those who know our students best, placing decisions in the hands of those who are familiar with our students’ individual educational needs. This new plan emphasizes accountability and better reflects the values of our education system. I look forward to seeing great things in our education system as a result of the Every Student Succeeds Act.” “I want to thank the stakeholders who provided valuable input and who worked tirelessly to help us develop a plan that will best measure student success here in Arkansas,” ADE Commissioner Johnny Key said. “Our student-focused plan places an emphasis on growth, with greater weighting in the accountability measure, as well as a commitment to equity for all students. We are excited about the opportunity to continue collaborating with stakeholders during the implementation phase.” Arkansas submitted its plan to USDE on September 15, 2017. USDE had 120 days to review the plan and provide feedback. After multiple conversations and revisions, USDE approved Arkansas’ plan, which will be fully implemented in the 2018-2019 school year. “The feedback we received from USDE helped strengthen Arkansas’ plan,” Key said. “I appreciate USDE’s input and the ADE team’s numerous hours of hard work to ensure Arkansas’ plan met federal requirements while still reflecting the direction provided by Arkansas stakeholders.” Each indicator in the plan is centered on the state’s student-focused vision of providing access and opportunities that value each student’s success while preparing students for college and career through rigorous academic standards. In addition, stakeholders focused on reading proficiency, science and expanded learning opportunities for all students in the development of the School Quality and Student Success indicator. Throughout the development of Arkansas’ plan, ADE collaborated with numerous stakeholders around the state. Feedback was received from regional community listening forums, ambassador-led forums and advisory team meetings. ADE initiated multiple surveys to gauge input, and the Vision for Excellence in Education and Arkansas Accountability System Steering Committee provided guidance throughout the process. ADE is committed to working with schools during the implementation phase. A webinar was recently held with schools to explain specific components of the plan. To view the webinar, learn more about the process and to see drafts of the plan, please visit http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/public-school-accountability/every-student-succeeds-act-essa.

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  • Arkansas legislative panel backs proposal to ban herbicideArkansas legislative panel backs proposal to ban herbicide

    Arkansas lawmakers have recommended the state move forward with efforts to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, endorsing the prohibition despite a lawsuit by a maker of the weed killer

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  • Arkansas legislative panel backs proposal to ban herbicide - Seattle TimesArkansas legislative panel backs proposal to ban herbicide - Seattle Times

    Arkansas legislative panel backs proposal to ban herbicideSeattle TimesLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers recommended regulators move forward Tuesday with efforts to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, advancing the prohibition despite a lawsuit by ...and more »

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  • Arkansas defensive line could use another playmaker, and TJ Smith fits the mold - SECcountry.comArkansas defensive line could use another playmaker, and TJ Smith fits the mold - SECcountry.com

    SECcountry.comArkansas defensive line could use another playmaker, and TJ Smith fits the moldSECcountry.comThe season Smith redshirted, Arkansas was second in the SEC in rushing defense. More than any other unit, that number is a reflection of the defensive line. Then, with all of them back in 2016, Smith could again mostly sit and learn. That was the ...

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  • Arkansas school investigates racist taunts during games - ESPNArkansas school investigates racist taunts during games - ESPN

    Kansas City StarArkansas school investigates racist taunts during gamesESPNHARRISON, Ark. -- An Arkansas community college will investigate allegations that fans attending basketball games yelled racial slurs toward black players on the opposing team from Kansas. North Arkansas College president Randy Esters said the school ...Fans made monkey noises and crow caws at this Kansas basketball team, report saysKansas City StarArkansas college investigating reports of racist noises aimed at Kansas opponentsWichita Eagleall 5 news articles »

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  • Warren Stephens Touts Capitalism to RotariansWarren Stephens Touts Capitalism to Rotarians

    Stephens Inc. CEO Warren Stephens touts the merits of capitalism at the Rotary Large Club Conference in Little Rock.

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  • Tuesday: Open line and the daily news roundupTuesday: Open line and the daily news roundup

    Here's your open line. Also news and comment in the daily roundup.

    Arkansas Times / 4 h. 16 min. ago
  • Asa Hutchinson plugs benefits of NAFTAAsa Hutchinson plugs benefits of NAFTA

    In remarks in Rogers today, Gov. Asa Hutchinson plugged the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which puts him somewhat at odds with the Republican Party's nominal leader, Donald Trump. Hutchinson cited the benefits to Arkansas farmers from free trade with Canada and Mexico — not only jobs in Arkansas but fresh fruit and vegetables from Mexico year-round. From a release about a gathering of business people at World Trade Center Arkansas: “As the United States considers the future of NAFTA, the nation must be careful that it does not harm global trade,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “Arkansas must be able to continue its access to North American markets unimpeded by unfair trade barriers. Otherwise, there will be serious harm to Arkansas’s agriculture and retail and manufacturing sectors.” Jeff Lindsey, an Elkins, Ark., turkey grower whose Double L Farms supplies turkeys to Cargill, voiced his concern at today’s event. “Farming requires a lot of hard work every single day, but I love what I do,” Lindsey said. “Thanks to NAFTA, Mexico has become the No. 1 export market for U.S. turkey products, taking delivery of more than half of all our turkey exports. If the U.S. were to walk away from NAFTA, the price of those products would take a serious hit, and my family’s farming operation would be hard-pressed to absorb the economic consequences that would bring.” Continued cross-border trade has proven to be very important to local farmers and businesses. As President Trump considers trade agreements and works toward fairness and modernization of the pact, the administration must be mindful of the basic principle that we do no harm to our global trading relationships. It is clear that there is great potential for harm in Arkansas, especially to our farmers, if the United States reverses course regarding cross-border trade. Tyson and Walmart officials joined those praising the benefits of the trade agreement. Trump has repeatedly talked of withdrawing from NAFTA without major changes, though commentators have also noted that what Trump says can change day to day, or even hour by hour, on this and most other subjects. His advisers are pressing for retention of the agreement. Indeed, some columnists have suggested that Sen. Tom Cotton lied for the president about his "shithole" remark in part to maintain his role as an influencer of Trump. Cotton is a free trader, but he's said NAFTA could be improved, particularly to help poultry producers.

    Arkansas Times / 4 h. 38 min. ago more
  • Digitally preserving important Arkansas dinosaur tracks - Science DailyDigitally preserving important Arkansas dinosaur tracks - Science Daily

    Science DailyDigitally preserving important Arkansas dinosaur tracksScience DailyScientists using laser-imaging technology have documented and digitally preserved the first known set of theropod dinosaur tracks in the state of Arkansas. advertisement. The tracks, discovered in 2011 in a working gypsum quarry near Nashville, Ark ...and more »

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  • Governor optimistic on Medicaid work waiverGovernor optimistic on Medicaid work waiver

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson's press aide J.R. Davis tells me today that the governor is confident that positive word will come soon on a federal waiver requested by Arkansas to allow it to impose a work requirement on Medicaid recipients. I asked if they'd met with Seema Verma, the Medicaid administrator, and if she'd offered any assurances of success on requests for the work requirement and for changing the income eligibility from 100 to 138 percent of the federal poverty income. Said Davis by e-mail: Yes, we’re confident. The Gov spoke with both the acting HHS Secretary and Administrator Verma last week re: Arkansas’s waiver and the guidance from CMS last week. We should hear something soon, in terms of Arkansas’s work requirement. The Trump administration opened the door to the work rule last week, with the first approval going to Kentucky, as David Ramsey reported in detail here I was interested on reading of Hutchinson's continued meetings with federal officials because of the criticism Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden raised in June about his perception of a conflict in Verma participating in discussions with Arkansas. Verma's ethics disclosure form said she did consulting work on Medicaid for Arkansas and other states before taking the job as administrator of Medicare and Medicaid Services. The state took exception at the time, saying Verma didn't work for the state, but for a contractor, Hewlett Packard, that did business with the state. At that time, Verma reportedly had to receive permission from the Health and Human Services Department director to meet with Arkansas and it was granted. Wyden particularly objected to Verma's communication with Dennis Smith, an Arkansas Medicaid advisor paid $294,000 from a combination of state agency and UAMS contributions. Wyden complained that Verma shouldn't be holding talks about favors requested by Arkansas, a state that had once been a source of money paid to her. I asked J.R. Davis about the restriction mentioned in June on Verma talks with Arkansas. To our knowledge CMS has placed no restrictions on Administrator Verma’s involvement with Arkansas in these negotiations. It’s on CMS to do so.  If any special permission is still required by the acting department director, she clearly has received it to talk with Hutchinson. I've emailed a requestion to the federal agency on the point. UPDATE: It's worth noting that Kentucky's plan, similar to Arkansas's, is already under court challenge. The nutty governor there has threatened to end coverage for 480,000 people if he doesn't get his way on the work requirement. Would Asa Hutchinson do that?

    Arkansas Times / 4 h. 56 min. ago more
  • Arkansas gov. reports $2M in bank for re-election bidArkansas gov. reports $2M in bank for re-election bid

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's campaign says it has more than $2 million in the bank as the Republican ramps up his re-election campaign. Hutchinson's campaign on Tuesday reported raising nearly $622,000 in the final three months of 2017.

    Arkansas News / 5 h. 10 min. ago
  • Secrecy at the University of ArkansasSecrecy at the University of Arkansas

    While I was away, the Arkansas Times made an FOI request for pay details of new Razorback assistant coaches. Rebecca Morrison, who fields FOI requests for the UA-Fayetteville, refused to provide the information. She told Lindsey Millar last week: With regard to your January 9, 2018 emailed request for public records that was forwarded to me, please be advised that the records you seek (for Craddock, Chavis and Carroll) are in active use and will not be responsive until fully executed. At that time, the records will be released. On my return, I objected. The legal definition of "active use" relates to a specific document. It does not mean a deal has not yet been completed. I'm sure multiple copies of the tentative agreements exist and are readily available. I asked for them again. Today, Morrison adopted a new tactic for refusal: Please understand that releasing drafts of unsigned agreements places the university at a significant competitive disadvantage; therefore, we consider those records to be exempt pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 25-19-105(b)(9).  Competitive disadvantage with whom? The hirings of Joe Cradduck, John Chavis and Trumain Carroll have been announced by the university. They are not going anywhere else. The details are inevitably to be announced. My response to Morrison: "that is pure horse hockey." But it is well-aged horse hockey from the UA. It first developed the competitive disadvantage excuse in refusing a request for information on what it had given the Walton family in return for a $300 million gift some years ago — creation of a Walton education agenda propaganda unit turned out to be part of the deal. They've used it more recently to defy the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette access to information about purchases of high-dollar private boxes at the renovated stadium. They really don't believe in accountability at UA, witness the slow-walking of FOI requests, the bogus claims of competitive disadvantage and even the legal efforts to claim that some FOI requests are simply too burdensome for them to fulfill, an argument that has won some favor from homer judges. Pitiful.

    Arkansas Times / 6 h. 6 min. ago more
  • Arkansas Man Joins Lawsuit Regarding Panhandling - U.S. News & World ReportArkansas Man Joins Lawsuit Regarding Panhandling - U.S. News & World Report

    Arkansas Man Joins Lawsuit Regarding PanhandlingU.S. News & World ReportA central Arkansas man who wants to defend giving to panhandlers has joined a lawsuit that states a city ordinance regarding panhandling is unconstitutional. Jan. 16, 2018, at 3:52 p.m.. Arkansas Man Joins Lawsuit Regarding Panhandling. Share. ×. Share ...and more »

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  • Hutchinson has $2 million banked for re-election campaignHutchinson has $2 million banked for re-election campaign

    Quarterly campaign finance reports are coming in today and incumbents are bragging about the swelling treasuries incumbents typically enjoy. One example: Gov. Asa Hutchinson has $2 million on hand, the AP reports. Nothing on file yet at the secretary of state's office for Republican challenger Jan Morgan or announced Democratic opponent Jared Henderson. Hutchinson's aggressive move to shore up his conservative credentials (he really hasn't moved, only emphasizing the truth that he's no moderate) is indication that Morgan's social media work, which costs little to nothing, has had some impact. She does manage to make Hutchinson look moderate by comparison. UPDATE: Statement from Jared Henderson campaign: The campaign of Arkansas Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jared Henderson today reported its fundraising numbers for the final quarter of 2017. Henderson began fundraising upon announcing his candidacy on December 12, 2017. In the three-week period that followed, Henderson’s campaign hauls totaled $131,478 and ended the year with $128,779 cash on hand. Since the Secretary of State’s office was closed today due to inclement weather, Henderson’s fundraising report will be officially filed when the office reopens on Wednesday. Statement from Jared Henderson: “As unfortunate as it is that money — not ideas and people — seems to dominate the focus of politics nowadays, I know running the aggressive, people-first campaign Arkansas deserves requires funds. Right now, we’re laying the groundwork for a rigorous, hardworking statewide campaign that will listen to, work with, and stand up for all Arkansans.”

    Arkansas Times / 7 h. ago more
  • “Obviously a member of Black Lives Matter” - the battle cry of racists across America“Obviously a member of Black Lives Matter” - the battle cry of racists across America

    On our way back to the New York City of the Ozarks we stopped at a chain motel in Mississippi - our hotel of choice on the road - only to discover that the usual high standards were not maintained at this particular site. Indeed (to quote the great philosopher Teal'c of Chulak) conditions were so wretched that I decided to post a snarky note on the hotel’s Facebook page - along with other comments left by unhappy customers. I was brought up short, however, when I read a post written by someone who considered the clerk to be insolent, and “Obviously a member of Black Lives Matter.” This individual, a self-described “Gold Member” also considered the employees of the Burger King just across the parking lot to be fellow travelers, for they, too, were rude to them. This one particular post inspired a spirited response from the manager, who previously seemed to just offer the boilerplate, “Thanks for your comments,” comment after complaints. And no, I’m not going to tell you the name of the motel or the city. At that point, I decided not to post anything; I figured these folks had enough to contend with, and after all, despite my typical “We’ve been on the road all day and the toilet overflowed and the phone doesn’t work” whining they were all cheerful and as helpful as they could be. Even their fellow travelers at the Burger King next door. All helpful and friendly. But reading the comments from the person who no doubt sees Black Lives Matter provocateurs all around them, I was struck by just how often I see such comments online, or in Letters to the Editor. Obviously a member of Black Lives Matter. It is said or written like a curse, an epithet directed at any black person who isn’t one hundred percent cheerful, or doesn’t show the proper amount of respect, who doesn’t drop everything in order to step and fetch it. Any black person who offends any angry white person. Well, I wasn’t going to add my gripes to the column, not after reading that racist diatribe. The problem is, of course, that the person who wrote it probably didn’t see anything at all racist in seeing imaginary Black Lives Matter uniforms on those who aren’t immediately attentive to their needs. You gotta watch those folks from Burger King, though. Who knows what vile plots against decent Americans are being hatched in the booths and behind the griddles. They still use griddles, right? ****** Today’s Soundtrack Listening to Holly Near today. Always a great way to start the day. ***** Quote of the Day The least interesting people were the ones who seemed to start with identifying themselves as "conservatives" and then tackled the issue with those blinders on. I've met plenty of uninteresting liberals who do the same thing. - John Moe, Conservatize Me: How I tried to become a Righty with the help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky rsdrake@cox.net

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  • Dow Jones Industrial Average Crosses 26K PointsDow Jones Industrial Average Crosses 26K Points

    U.S. stocks climbed in morning trading Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average past the 26,000-point mark for the first time.

    ArkansasBusiness.com / 7 h. 42 min. ago
  • Arkansas Governor Reports $2M in Bank for Re-Election BidArkansas Governor Reports $2M in Bank for Re-Election Bid

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's campaign says it has more than $2 million in the bank as the Republican ramps up his re-election campaign.

    ArkansasBusiness.com / 7 h. 46 min. ago
  • Evolving story: The politics of medical marijuana in ArkansasEvolving story: The politics of medical marijuana in Arkansas

    The politics of medical marijuana in Arkansas will be an interesting story as it evolves. Could it, for example, become an issue in congressional races? It is an issue that doesn't break as neatly along partisan lines as, say, abortion and gay rights.  A group supporting legal marijuana notes today that 69 U.S. representatives are pushing legislation to ensure that federal Justice Department money cannot be used to interfere with states that have authorized some form of legal marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has threatened this. Will Arkansas's congressmen support this measure? (Not likely, I'd guess.) Will the election opponents of the Republicans in Congress from Arkansas make it an issue? Voters of all sorts passed medical marijuana by a healthy margin in the state, after all. And what of the licensing process? Where big money can be made, big politics normally are intertwined. Here, for example, is a tidbit worth watching The pile of applications for licenses to either cultivate or dispense medical marijuana in Arkansas include these: Texarkana Central LLC, for a dispensary license, with the listed incorporator of Sheila Wagnon, and Regeneration Naturals LLC for a cultivation license with the listed incorporator again being Sheila Wagnon. An incorporator is not necessarily an owner of an enterprise. Much of the information in the applications is redacted so that the marijuana commissioners reviewing the applications won't be influenced by ownership information. But, a reader tells me, Sheila Wagnon is the wife of Richard Wagnon and they were leaders of the successful drive to repeal a non-discrimination ordinance passed by the Texarkana City Council to protect the civil rights of gay people.  So? From a Texarkana Gazette article on a meeting to organize the opposition, quoting Richard Wagnon "This (ordinance) will lead to potential discrimination towards me, as a Christian, and my religious beliefs. And I want to take a stand on that. And yet you're saying that you need protection from some perceived discrimination that I haven't even heard of. Ultimately this is all going to boil down to the citizens' vote." Wagnon's wife, Sheila Wagnon, introduced Arkansas Attorney Travis Story, who has been involved in contesting similar ordinances in Fayetteville, Little Rock, Hot Springs, Eureka Springs and other cities throughout the state. The article went on to quote Story extensively on ills of the ordinance. To complete the circle: Travis Story is a Fayetteville lawyer (partner with Republican state Rep. Bob Ballinger) who was appointed to the Medical Marijuana Commission by House Speaker Jeremy Gillam. He will be voting on who gets the potentially lucrative cannabis permits. Hundreds of applications are being reviewed for 32 dispensary and five cultivation permits.  It's a good bet that the Wagnon-Story connection isn't the only instance of past associations. This IS a small, friendly state after all. I've made calls to Wagnon and Story. No response so far.

    Arkansas Times / 8 h. 17 min. ago more
  • Another round of winter weather expected in Arkansas - KATVAnother round of winter weather expected in Arkansas - KATV

    KATVAnother round of winter weather expected in ArkansasKATVWith cold Arctic air moving into the state Monday, Arkansas is expecting it's most significant snowfall so far this season. Along the front, Northern Arkansas is experiencing some snowfall this afternoon. Around an inch of snow is expected there with ...Storm Could Dump Several Inches of Snow in Parts of ArkansasU.S. News & World ReportSnow, 'brutally cold air' in forecast for most of ArkansasArkansas OnlineWinter Storm Warning Issued for Parts of ArkansasKARKall 954 news articles »

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  • Arkansas Governor Reports $2M in Bank for Re-Election Bid - U.S. News & World ReportArkansas Governor Reports $2M in Bank for Re-Election Bid - U.S. News & World Report

    Arkansas Governor Reports $2M in Bank for Re-Election BidU.S. News & World ReportArkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's campaign says it has more than $2 million in the bank as the Republican ramps up his re-election campaign. Jan. 16, 2018, at 4:50 p.m.. Arkansas Governor Reports $2M in Bank for Re-Election Bid. Share. ×. Share on ...and more »

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  • Arkansas Takes Aim At Florida Wednesday - Arkansas RazorbacksArkansas Takes Aim At Florida Wednesday - Arkansas Razorbacks

    Arkansas RazorbacksArkansas Takes Aim At Florida WednesdayArkansas RazorbacksDuring the last four seasons, Arkansas is second in the SEC in league wins with 36, while Florida is third with 35. • Following Saturday's victory over Missouri, Arkansas' RPI went from No. 25 to No. 21 according to the NCAA, while its strength of ...When it comes to Arkansas roster, Chad Morris has need for speedSECcountry.comArkansas Men's Basketball Hopes for First Road Win at FloridaWRUFArkansas gets visit from kicker247SportsSaturday Blitz -WholeHogSportsall 19 news articles »

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  • Bank of the Ozarks Reports Record Profit for Quarter, 2017Bank of the Ozarks Reports Record Profit for Quarter, 2017

    Bank of the Ozarks of Little Rock reports record quarterly and annual profit.

    ArkansasBusiness.com / 9 h. 31 min. ago
  • Queenly pursuits: Meet drag star Kassandra, Little Rock's 'lost Kardashian'Queenly pursuits: Meet drag star Kassandra, Little Rock's 'lost Kardashian'

    Waltin Zomaya applies mascara to prepare for a show at Club Sway in downtown Little Rock. Zomaya performs about once a month at the club as Kassandra Kardashian, his drag character.

    Arkansas News / 9 h. 51 min. ago
  • Pine Bluff: A bargain for home buyersPine Bluff: A bargain for home buyers

    Realtor.com has put together a listof cities with bargain housing prices and there's Pine Bluff at No. 6 on the list. The median home price is $94,500 and, in the cheapest ZIP code 71601, a mere $25,200. The writeup; The more than 30 fishing tournaments hosted annually in the Pine Bluff region have earned it the nickname "Bass Capital of the World.” But the real catches here are the homes, with the median listing price just below $95,000. Compare that to the Arkansas capital of Little Rock, less than an hour's drive north, where the median home price is $170,000. On the downside, Pine Bluff has the highest crime rate on our list. According to the FBI, Pine Bluff had a rate of 909 serious crimes per 100,000 residents in 2016, compared to the national rate of 386. While Pine Bluff comes with small-city home values, it can also boast some big-city features. The largest airport in Arkansas, the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, is a 40-minute drive from downtown. For fun, head to the Arkansas Railroad Museum, where you’ll find the last steam locomotive built by St. Louis Southwestern Railway (known as SSW). Hey. Another reason to Love Little Rock. It's only 40 minutes from Pine Bluff. What is it that realtors say about real estate prices? Location, location, location?

    Arkansas Times / 10 h. 56 min. ago more
  • Tom Cotton blistered for lying for Trump; silence of GOP politicians also made statements yesterdayTom Cotton blistered for lying for Trump; silence of GOP politicians also made statements yesterday

    Negative reviews are piling up for Sen. Tom Cottonfor deciding to refresh his memory so that he could lie about Donald Trump's racist immigration remarks. Jennifer Rubin, the conservative Washington Post columnist, was particularly harsh yesterday. ... many GOP lawmakers now consider lying in defense of the president to be routine, part of their normal duties as card-carrying Republicans. They don’t care that it makes them look foolish to those with eyes to see and ears to hear. They, like Trump, now operate in the populist bubble that depends on protecting Trump and reaffirming their bond with the base on behalf of white grievance. For Perdue and Cotton, defending the preference for immigrants from richer countries — i.e. whiter countries — requires they not concede that this, at bottom, is about race. ...colleagues on both sides of the aisle should keep these two Republican senators’ rampant, flippant dishonesty in mind going forward. Should either come before the Senate for a confirmable position, the Senate should reject the nomination. If they lied about this, they’d lie about anything. Voters of Georgia and Arkansas deserve better than these two dissemblers. Pungent, too, was Michael Tomasky of the Daily Beast, who wrote an article headlined: NOW THEY RECALL Shoveling Sh*t for Donald Trump, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue Get Covered in It Cotton could have gotten away with his initial "can't recall" response, Tomasky wrote. But shifting gears to deny Trump had uttered coarse, racist words put Cotton in a different place. Trump’s remark was an important symbolic low-point of his presidency. It resonated around the world. The outrages are so numerous that we can’t always know which ones will make the history books. We can be certain that this one will. A moment of national humiliation and disgrace. Cotton and Perdue have chosen to go out of their way to align themselves with this humiliation. Their colleague Jeff Flake is giving a speech Wednesday comparing Trump to Stalin. Cotton and Perdue might well ask themselves what that makes them. More reporting on Cotton's lying here. One enjoyable moment in the uproar: The image of a visibly red-faced Mike Pence when the pastor of a black church he chose to attend Sunday blasted Trump's remarks. Meanwhile, in Arkansas, there was continued silence from Republican elected politicians from members of Congress to the governor to other statewide officers and legislators. (Except for notable defenders of racist immigration policy such as Cotton and Rep. Steve Womack.) Only Dale Charles of the NAACP spoke critically of the president at the King Day observance Monday at the Capitol. Gov. Asa Hutchinson seems to think he deserves a permanent brotherhood trophy for ending the state holiday for slavery defender Robert E. Lee. We should ignore that he and his party proceed apace with policies aimed at marginalizing minorities and the poor, the very people King championed. Just this morning, Hutchinson drew praise for his declaration of School Choice Week later this month, a movement empowered by law and Walton dollars so that parents may flee schools with the wrong sorts of children, be they children of color or merely the wrong economic cohort. There was a time when Freedom of Choice was seen for what it was, a euphemism for perpetuating segregation. Now the really bad bottom line: 1) Trump is proud of what he said; 2) it probably DOES help him with the racists, white nationalists and hardened resisters that provide so much voter clout in places like Arkansas. As Vox writes, racism has always been the core of Trumpism. Vanity Fair writes that the alt-right loves Trump more than ever. They are, after all, very fine people. Far be it for Tom Cotton or any other elected Republican officials to call them or Trump out. Which reminds me: Sybil Hampton, who knows a thing or two about the struggle for civil rights, forwards to me a column by Andre Perry at Brookings. He wrote last week: Trump’s words have revealed his character. However, it’s what’s not being said by others that’s bothering me. There are major organizations and people who are relegating themselves as bystanders of oppression, having offered no public statements (not even a tweet) condemning any of the President’s racist and sexist behaviors. Therefore, on this year’s MLK Day, in observation of the 50th anniversary of his assassination, I’m not investing too much energy into Trump. And I’m no longer interested in hearing voices who state the obvious about Trump. I am, however, listening for institutional silence, wherever it might originate. Too many stand in silence and complicity as Trump abuses the office of the Presidency with the weapons of bigotry and divisiveness. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” said Martin Luther King, Jr. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Know those who were silent yesterday by that intentional deed.

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  • Frigid Temperatures Settle Over Arkansas After Snowfall - U.S. News & World ReportFrigid Temperatures Settle Over Arkansas After Snowfall - U.S. News & World Report

    Arkansas OnlineFrigid Temperatures Settle Over Arkansas After SnowfallU.S. News & World ReportForecasters say bitterly cold temperatures will linger in Arkansas through Thursday after snow and icy conditions closed schools and businesses throughout much of the state. Jan. 16, 2018, at 5:34 p.m.. Frigid Temperatures Settle Over Arkansas After ...Snow collects in Arkansas as bitter cold sets inArkansas OnlineHow Much Snowfall Did Arkansas Get?KARKall 9 news articles »

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  • Snow collects in Arkansas as bitter cold sets inSnow collects in Arkansas as bitter cold sets in

    Arkansas Department of Transportation employees Freddie Hayes and Keith Davis mix brine used to pre-treat roads Monday at the department's area maintenance headquarters in Little Rock in preparation for winter weather overnight. A cold front plunged Arkansas into a deep freeze Monday and was expected to dump as much as 4 inches of snow on some parts of south Arkansas overnight.

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  • West Memphis fire crews battle motel fire amid snowfallWest Memphis fire crews battle motel fire amid snowfall

    West Memphis Fire Department battled through the snowfall to take out an early morning motel fire Tuesday. 

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  • Roundabout: 01/16/18Roundabout: 01/16/18

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  • Arkansans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. DayArkansans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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  • WATCH: Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is dead at 46WATCH: Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is dead at 46

    O'Riordan's distinctive, lilting voice led the Cranberries to international fame in the '90s, thanks to hits like "Linger," "Dreams" and "Zombie."

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  • Calling Trump a racist and liar, Frederica Wilson says she'll...Calling Trump a racist and liar, Frederica Wilson says she'll...

    Donald Trump's Racism: The Definitive List - Donald Trump has been obsessed with race for the entire time he has been a public figure. He had a history of making racist comments as a New York real-estate developer in the 1970s and '80s.

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  • Police: One Accident In Pea Ridge After Snowy MorningPolice: One Accident In Pea Ridge After Snowy Morning

    Police told residents not to follow vehicles too closely, adding that temperatures are below freezing and it was still snowing. Police said winter weather conditions could cause slick roads.

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  • Mother denied visa for Navy vet's funeral in ArkansasMother denied visa for Navy vet's funeral in Arkansas

    WREG  TV of Memphis reports that the State Department denied a visa for a Vietnamese mother to attend the Blytheville funeral of her Navy veteran son who died of cancer last month. The State Department isn't explaining why. Ngoc Truong, a four-year Navy veteran, died of leukemia Dec. 17 at the age of 22. Truong's father, who owns a jewelry store in Blytheville, said Truong's Vietnam-born mother applied for a visa twice but was denied both times. She ended up missing the funeral. "That's what made me fuming mad. Fuming. Why?" Truong said. From the obituary of yet another one of those "chain immigrants" that trouble Sen. Tom Cotton so much: Ngoc Hoan Truong, 22, of Blytheville, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017 at UAMS Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ngoc was born in Vietnam to Hung Manh "Michael" Truong and Hoan Nguyen, however, he was a citizen of the United States. He graduated from Armorel High School in 2013. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country with honor. During his four years spent in the Navy, Ngoc served on the USS John S. McCain out at sea. Ngoc was a very talented artist and loved every color there is to love. Ngoc designed the flag that is currently flying on the USS BARRY. He was very musically talented as well, playing piano and the flute. His friends called him Tru Gem and he was very outgoing. Ngoc's favorite thing was his laptop and his favorite day was Friday. He really enjoyed eating and some of his favorite foods were crunchy pizza from Domino's, five different flavors of ice cream, Japanese food, especially sushi and matcha tea, and a very long list of Vietnamese dishes. And speaking of immigrants from countries held in low esteem by Donald Trump, Cotton and others: Read the Washington Post account of many others who've come from these countries and served with honor and pride. They include the Haitian graduate of West Point, whose tearful photograph went viral in 2016. "Depraved?" Only to Steve Womack and Tom Cotton and Donald Trump and their people.

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  • Snow forecast in central Arkansas 'will be around for a few days,' meteorologist saysSnow forecast in central Arkansas 'will be around for a few days,' meteorologist says

    : Central Arkansans can anticipate snow after sundown, according to the National Weather Service, and parts of northern Arkansas have already received wintry precipitation, affecting roads a

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  • Woman shot at car, police in Little Rock sayWoman shot at car, police in Little Rock say

    A 48-year-old woman, who police say shot multiple times at a vehicle, was arrested in Little Rock on Friday, according to an arrest report. Authorities arrested Deborah

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  • 'What do we want? Apology!' Hundreds of Haiti supporters protest near Mar-a-Lago'What do we want? Apology!' Hundreds of Haiti supporters protest near Mar-a-Lago

    About 200 Haitian-Americans and their supporters used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to protest derogatory comments President Donald Trump reportedly made about immigrants from majority-

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  • New U.S. Civil Rights Trail includes Little Rock Central High School, 5 other sites in ArkansasNew U.S. Civil Rights Trail includes Little Rock Central High School, 5 other sites in Arkansas

    Little Rock Central High School is among the "Top Ten" sites of importance on a U.S. Civil Rights Trail that includes more than 100 historic landmarks in 14 states pertinent to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, a national website announced Monday.

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  • Dolores O'Riordan, Cranberries lead singer, dead at 46Dolores O'Riordan, Cranberries lead singer, dead at 46

    Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish band the Cranberries, has died at age 46. O'Riordan died in London, where she was recording, publicist Lindsey Holmes said. The ca

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  • About 100 dogs seized from Ohio home; woman charged with crueltyAbout 100 dogs seized from Ohio home; woman charged with cruelty

    COOLVILLE, Ohio -- Authorities have seized about 100 dogs from a southeastern Ohio home and charged a 76-year-old woman with misdemeanor animal cruelty, alleging she kept animals in unsanitary conditi

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  • Babe Ruth's Family to Attend Baseball Trail Event in Hot SpringsBabe Ruth's Family to Attend Baseball Trail Event in Hot Springs

    The final two markers in the Hot Springs Historic Baseball Trail will be dedicated in March and descendants of one of the major league's greatest will be in attendance.

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  • PHOTOS: Curious group of explorers armed with cameras document abandoned buildings in ArkansasPHOTOS: Curious group of explorers armed with cameras document abandoned buildings in Arkansas

    There are those among us who just can't pass up the chance to peek inside an empty building, to enter an uninhabited place, sift through what was left behind and discern the stories that linger. There are four of them here, gathered on this chilly day in late December outside what was once called the Alexander Human Development Center.

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  • Judge won't recuse himself from Arkansas judge's lawsuitJudge won't recuse himself from Arkansas judge's lawsuit

    A federal judge is refusing to recuse himself from a lawsuit filed by a former colleague against Arkansas Supreme Court justices who disqualified him from death row cases. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen asked U.S. District Court Judge James Moody Jr. to step aside from the case.

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  • Winter weather woes hit eastern half of ArkansasWinter weather woes hit eastern half of Arkansas

    The start of a winter storm left an icy glaze across eastern Arkansas on Friday, snarling traffic and shuttering schools ahead of a cold snap expected to last into next week. The snow and ice wasn't terribly deep, but their arrival ahead of the morning rush hour slowed commuters at Jonesboro and West Memphis.

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  • Little Rock police get federal grant to reduce gun crimesLittle Rock police get federal grant to reduce gun crimes

    Little Rock police are using a federal grant to buy technology that will cut the time it takes officers to link shell casings found at different crime scenes.

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  • Salvadorans seek way to staySalvadorans seek way to stay

    Dale Hunt of Winslow waits at the counter Friday to purchase merchandise and cash his work check at Mercadito Salvadoreno as Jose Merlos, a seven-year employee at the Springdale store, waits on another customer. Thousands of people who left violence and other problems in El Salvador live in Northwest Arkansas.

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  • Hutchinson's Budget Preview of Campaign Message (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)Hutchinson's Budget Preview of Campaign Message (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

    With a vow to set aside money for tax cuts and a call for colleges to halt tuition increases, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $5.6 billion budget proposal is a preview of the campaign message he'll offer as he seeks a second term.

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  • Southern States Join to Promote Civil Rights TourismSouthern States Join to Promote Civil Rights Tourism

    Southern states that once fought to maintain racial segregation are now banding together to promote civil rights tourism at sites including the building where the Confederacy was born and the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died.

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  • Medicaid Work Mandate Will Create Uncertainty in Some StatesMedicaid Work Mandate Will Create Uncertainty in Some States

    Republicans this past week began to realize their long-held goal of requiring certain adults to work, get job training or perform community service in exchange for getting health coverage through Medicaid.

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  • Charter chief resigns; Padgett heads schoolCharter chief resigns; Padgett heads school

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  • Year after fire, agency gets new busesYear after fire, agency gets new buses

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  • Legislators to Quiz UAMS Over Baptist PartnershipLegislators to Quiz UAMS Over Baptist Partnership

    Members of the Legislature’s Joint Performance Review Committee have questions about the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ contract for emergency room and orthopedic services at Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway.

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  • Bad News for Acumen BrandsBad News for Acumen Brands

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  • Promenade Properties Swap Hands in $3.4M DealPromenade Properties Swap Hands in $3.4M Deal

    Hospitable land in west Little Rock, retail space in Jacksonville, a future tire center site in North Little Rock, furniture room in Conway and residential property in Bryant form this week’s quintet of million-dollar transactions.

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  • U.S. Pizza Crosses the Line in TexarkanaU.S. Pizza Crosses the Line in Texarkana

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  • Federal Crackdown on False Loan Claims Ensnares IberiaBankFederal Crackdown on False Loan Claims Ensnares IberiaBank

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  • Thousands of Wal-Mart management roles to be made redundantThousands of Wal-Mart management roles to be made redundant

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  • Little Rock road rage killing suspect mulls insanity defenseLittle Rock road rage killing suspect mulls insanity defense

    A Little Rock man accused of killing a toddler in a "road rage" shooting in 2016 will explore an insanity defense. 

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  • 2 women charged with sexual assault of inmate at Calico Rock2 women charged with sexual assault of inmate at Calico Rock

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  • Wintry mix sparks slide-offs and accidents across Region 8Wintry mix sparks slide-offs and accidents across Region 8

    A Pafford ambulance overturned on Highway 18 as the wintry weather sets into Region 8. 

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  • RECALL ALERT: Mary B's biscuits recalled due to Listeria concernsRECALL ALERT: Mary B's biscuits recalled due to Listeria concerns

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  • Controversial fringe candidates, including Arpaio, run for officeControversial fringe candidates, including Arpaio, run for office

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  • Judge weighs reining evidence in Arkansas corruption trialJudge weighs reining evidence in Arkansas corruption trial

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  • Former US missionary gets 40 years for child sexual abuseFormer US missionary gets 40 years for child sexual abuse

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  • Walmart boosts starting pay, closing dozens of Sam's ClubsWalmart boosts starting pay, closing dozens of Sam's Clubs

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