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  • Friday's open line
    Stick a fork in us and pass the Reese's peanut butter cup miniatures. It's the Halloween open line. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:35pm -
  • The Scary Pre-Election Edition
    The drama and silliness of the final days leading up the midterm election, Jackson T. Stephens' plans to support a judicial recall measure and the Metropolitan Housing Alliance of Little Rock and its embattled director Rodney Forte — all covered o…
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:59pm -
  • Split Supreme Court opens door to vote on Saline County alcohol
    The Arkansas Supreme Court, split 4-3, has reversed a lower court and ordered him to reconsider signatures he disallowed in blocking the counting of votes on a local option alcohol vote in Saline County.Judge Grisham Phillips will have to reconside…
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:43pm -
  • Gunman shot at Leslie bakery dies of wounds
    The State Police announces the death of a man wounded by officer fire at a Leslie bakery Oct. 17. The release said: The Arkansas State Police was notified this afternoon that John T. Kolata, 75, of Searcy County, had died. Kolata was the…
    - 16 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 3:59pm -
  • Private option version of Obamacare saving millions for Arkansas hospitals
    The Arkansas Hospital Association reports a sharp drop in uncompensated care thanks to the private option Medicaid expansion, a drop that meant $69 million in savings from what could have been uncompensated care for people without insurance…
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 3:10pm -
  • Suhl's business suspended by Alaska Medicaid as well
    The Alaska Medicaid program has suspended Trinity Behavioral Health in Warm Springs from its Medicaid program, Deputy Director Stacy B. Toner tells the Times. Toner said the agency was "required under our regulations to take this action bas…
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:43pm -
  • SpaceShipTwo in accident on test flight
    Bad news for those following the Virgin Galactic venture to begin space travel.  its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has been lost in Southern California and the status of the pilots is unclear.UPDATE: One dead and one injured in…
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:58pm -
  • Jackson T. Stephens Jr. says judicial recall is on his agenda
    Jackson T. "Steve" Stephens Jr., who lost a court fight to remove a minimum wage increase from the ballot, tells The Arkansas Project that he's thinking about putting some of his inherited wealth into a judicial recall measure in Arkansas.…
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:41pm -
  • State Election board admonishes Jefferson County clerk
    Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson has accepted a letter of warning from the state Board of Election Commissioners to settle a complaint that she violated numerous election laws during the 2014 primary/judicial elections.Specifi…
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:14pm -
  • Grassroots group drops mailer against Issue 1, the legislative power grab
    The Arkansas Citizens First Congress, a grassroots coalition, has joined the battle against Issue 1, an unalloyed power grab by the legislature.Wildlife conservation groups have already expressed opposition to the legislatively proposed c…
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 12:54pm -

Arkansas News Bureau

  • Supreme Court sides with supporters in Saline County alcohol case
    LITTLE ROCK — A divided Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned a Saline County circuit judge’s ruling that supporters of a ballot proposal to allow alcohol sales in dry Saline County did not submit enough signatures to place the measure on t…
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:21pm -
  • Election forecaster says odds of Cotton victory 90 percent
    LITTLE ROCK — Election forecaster Nate Silver on Friday estimated Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton’s chances of defeating Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas’ Senate race at 90 percent, a forecast that Pryor disputed.
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:38pm -
  • Arkansas home sales, prices up in September
    LITTLE ROCK — The number of homes sold in Arkansas increased by nearly 8 percent in September compared to a year earlier, and the average price of homes sold increased by about 1 percent, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Friday.
    - 16 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 3:46pm -
  • Jefferson County clerk agrees to sanction
    LITTLE ROCK — Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson has agreed to accept a public letter of warning from the state Board of Election Commissioners to settle a complaint that she violated state elections laws during the May primary election.
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 3:20pm -
  • Arkansas candidates still raising funds
    WASHINGTON — Arkansas candidates are still raising campaign cash to fuel their election efforts even as Election Day draws near.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 6:42pm -
  • Restoration of House chamber at Capitol complete
    LITTLE ROCK — When Arkansas House members gather at the state Capitol on Nov. 7 for seat selection, returning members will notice that the House chamber has a new look — one that’s actually an old look.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 6:41pm -
  • UA poll shows solid support for Cotton, Hutchinson, minimum-wage hike
    LITTLE ROCK — A poll released Thursday by the University of Arkansas shows strong support among the state’s voters for the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate and governor and a proposal to raise the state minimum wage.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 5:31pm -
  • Air assault continues in Senate campaign
    WASHINGTON — More than 60,600 campaign ads — including some 4,600 in the last week — have aired in Arkansas’ hotly contested U.S. Senate race in what has been one of the nastier air battles of this election cycle.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 5:20pm -
  • Second suspect arrested in real estate agent’s death
    LITTLE ROCK — A second suspect was arrested Thursday in connection with the abduction and slaying of real estate agent Beverly Carter, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 5:15pm -
  • Bill Clinton to stump for Arkansas Democrats on Sunday
    LITTLE ROCK — Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Democratic candidates in Fort Smith and several other Arkansas cities on Sunday, two days ahead of the general election, the state Democratic Party announced Thursday.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:03pm -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (State)

  • Uninsureds' costs plunge, hospitals say
    Arkansas hospitals treated more patients in the first half of 2014 compared with a year earlier, while the number of patients who lacked insurance dropped sharply, according to a summary of results from an industry survey released Friday.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:17am -
  • Alcohol initiative still alive in county
    The prospects of voters deciding on alcohol sales in Saline County are still alive after a late Friday afternoon ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:16am -
  • Campuses' loans to finance eVersity
    The University of Arkansas System will borrow $5 million from the reserves of its individual campuses to fund the startup of the system's new, online-only college.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:15am -
  • Zone-remap options at 3 for schools
    Pulaski County Special School District leaders are considering three options for redrawing School Board election zones to take into account the coming establishment of a new, separate Jacksonville/north Pulaski County school district.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:14am -
  • Early votes hit 15 million, lift hopes of both parties
    Early votes soared past 15 million across 31 states Friday, an outpouring that is giving Republicans and Democrats cause for optimism heading into the final weekend of a campaign with control of the Senate, the U.S. House and 36 governorships at stak…
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:59am -
  • Audit finds USDA program funded unqualified groups
    WASHINGTON -- A rural development program the U.S. Department of Agriculture touted as a success selected participants with "questionable qualifications" and then didn't perform the necessary legwork to see whether the groups did what they were suppo…
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:52am -
  • Ex-Democrat's suit claims bias
    A departing state representative and former Harlem Globetrotter filed suit against his former party in a complaint accusing state Democrats of conspiracy, racial discrimination and slander in getting him tossed from the 2012 Democratic primary ballot…
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:47am -
  • In state rally, Christie backs GOP runners
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, along with three other current or former Republican governors, urged voters in the waning days before Tuesday's election to support the party's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates during an early morning rally in…
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:46am -
  • State military hall of fame to welcome 15 more members
    Cloteen Cowan and her only son, Joe Cowan, will receive an honor today on behalf of their deceased husband and father -- an award that "quiet, reserved, humble" World War II veteran Frank "Kirby" Cowan deserved but never would have basked in, they sa…
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:45am -
  • Sheriff hopefuls promise new start
    A business owner or a Benton police lieutenant will take the helm of the Saline County sheriff's office come January.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:44am -

Cook's Outlook

Talk Politics

Tolbert Report

Brummett's Blog

  • Slapstick with Ross, Asa and other oddballs
    The comedy hits just keep coming in the governor’s race. Just yesterday: –Mike Ross said Asa Hutchinson may be the only lawyer in the history of the state to lose a trial with his brother on the jury, and Asa said that was snarky –Ross assailed…
    - 27 Mar 14, 7:33am -
  • Asa calls, chortles, challenges, converses
    Asa Hutchinson called this morning to chortle, challenge and converse on the matter of Mike Ross’s tax plan, and we covered several points that I want to share. Let’s get this out of the way: Hutchinson said he had met with officials of the Finan…
    - 6 Feb 14, 11:38am -
  • High drama on private option? Line in sand by Democrats?
    With Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View continuing to say it’s not all up to her and that she is a “no” on re-upping the private option for which she fashioned an all-about-me dramatic “aye” vote late in the regular session — though it app…
    - 31 Jan 14, 9:26am -
  • Private option looking great except politically
    There are developments regarding the state’s innovative Medicaid private option — developments beyond the potentially tragic political signals sent by the Jonesboro area in the special election Tuesday. First: The state has compiled the demograph…
    - 16 Jan 14, 10:49am -
  • Darr’s two minds, and the one he’ll follow
    My best reading is that Mark Darr is currently of two minds and goes back and forth between these minds with great speed and dexterity and frustration. One mind: Yes, I made errors and I was wrong. But, darnit, it’s not serious thievery and I could…
    - 10 Jan 14, 10:56am -
  • A Brummett Christmas. It was 1959 . . .
    A request poured in that I rerun a Christmas column of years past, something about my dad. But I don’t have a Christmas Day column this year and I’m wondering if the request confused a childhood Christmas remembrance with any of a half-dozen trib…
    - 24 Dec 13, 2:29pm -
  • Clubbing Tom Cotton with John Burris
    The employee-employer relationship between state Rep. John Burris of Harrison, a responsible Republican state representative, and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, an irresponsible congressman seeking undeserved promotion to the U.S. Senate, is indeed a delicate…
    - 17 Dec 13, 12:15pm -
  • All tied up for Senate and governor
    Last week Republicans gleefully touted a poll commissioned by a bankroller of Tom Cotton that said Cotton was ahead of Mark Pryor by 48-41 in our big U. S. Senate race. So it seems fair today to report a survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic…
    - 16 Dec 13, 10:58am -

The Arkansas Project

  • Issue 1: A Check On Regulators
    Arkansas voters can check and balance overregulation at the state level if Issue 1 is approved by voters.Read at our website!
    - 21 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:07am -
  • Steve Stephens On The Arkansas Judiciary
    Jackson “Steve” Stephens is a political powerhouse. He is chairman of the board of the Club for Growth – an organization that has been tremendously successful in forcing Republicans in Congress to...Read at our website!
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 9:35am -
  • Mark Pryor Wins Pro-Big Labor Award
    Mark Pryor won an award this week for all the wrong reasons. The National Right to Work Committee Tuesday blasted Senator Mark Pryor, naming him as a winner of a Union Brass Award, given “in...Read at our website!
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 7:00pm -
  • Fraud-Ridden Minimum Wage Issue OK’d by Supreme Court
    The Arkansas Supreme Court, in its opinion yesterday, removed the final obstacle to a statewide vote on hiking the minimum wage. One startling aspect of the Court’s decision is that it appeared to...Read at our website!
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 4:09pm -
  • NRA “Proud Member” Pat Hays Didn’t Fill Out NRA Survey
    Pat Hays, the Democrat running against Republican French Hill for Arkansas's 2nd District congressional seat, released an ad over the weekend boasting about being a “proud member of the NRA” and that...Read at our website!
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 5:14pm -
  • Larry Crane’s About-Face on Voter Registrations
    We’ve written recently about Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane, who erroneously revoked the voter registration of attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge. From our previous post on the topic,...Read at our website!
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • New Poll: EPA Regs Extremely Unpopular with Arkansas Voters
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations are not popular among Arkansas voters, according to data released today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future...Read at our website!
    - 8 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • McLean Desperately Attempting To Save O’Care In AR
    As loyal readers of this humble blog know, state Rep. James McLean, inaugural member of the Davy Carter wing of the Democratic Party, has been having more attendance troubles at the legislature in...Read at our website!
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 3:29pm -

Blue Hog Report

Talk Business

Arkansas Business

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Business)

  • Arkansas home sales up 8% from year ago
    Home sales in Arkansas rose almost 8 percent in September compared with September last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Friday.
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 1:53am -
  • Tyson CEO speaks at farm convention
    Donnie Smith took a selfie before getting on stage in front of thousands of future farmers Thursday.
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 1:50am -
  • Natural gas utility prices increase throughout state
    Natural gas customers in Arkansas will see their bills increase beginning today, three natural gas utilities in the state reported Friday in filings with the Arkansas Public Service Commission.
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 1:49am -
  • U.S. natural gas stores fall short
    Energy companies’ efforts to replenish the nation’s natural gas supplies by the end of the storage injection season have come up short, energy analysts said Thursday.
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 1:47am -
  • News in briefs
    Firm files for $9.1M from ex-Allens owner
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 1:42am -
  • Divorce divides photo archives
    The divorce settlement of John Rogers of North Little Rock, who owns several photo archive businesses, cost him millions of dollars.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:53am -
  • Wal-Mart talks online price matching
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering an online price-match program as part of its strategy for the holiday shopping season.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:52am -
  • 10 years in, UA's tech park a success
    FAYETTEVILLE -- The research and technology park at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville delivered $522 million in total economic effect over its first 10 years of operation, according to a university study.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:49am -

Tolbert Report from Youtube

Jimmy Fallon Pokes Fun at Burkhalter Strip Story
Jimmy Fallon Pokes Fun at Burkhalter Strip StoryJimmy Fallon Pokes Fun at John Burkhalter Strip Story.From:Jason TolbertViews:1408 7ratingsTime:01:21More inPeople & Blogs
- 9 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:47pm -
Cotton Defend Farm Bill Ad: Discusses Energy Policy
Cotton Defend Farm Bill Ad: Discusses Energy PolicyTom Cotton defends a campaign ad in which he says President Obama hijacked the Farm Bill to make it a Food Stamp Bill.From:Jason TolbertViews:158 1ratingsTime:02:18More inPeople & B…
- 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 12:57pm -
Ross - "I was gonna wear the camo one but it's back at the deer camp in Prescott."
Ross - "I was gonna wear the camo one but it's back at the deer camp in Prescott."Ross on KARK - "I was gonna wear the camo one but it's back at the deer camp in Prescott."From:Jason TolbertViews:34 0ratingsTime:00:30More inPeople &…
- 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 7:24am -
Hays - F from NRA but Touts Membership in Ad
Hays - F from NRA but Touts Membership in AdPatrick Henry Hays for Congress Ad - Earned an F from NRA but Touts Membership in New Ad.From:Jason TolbertViews:4 0ratingsTime:00:31More inPeople & Blogs
- 5 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 10:09pm -
Lee Greenwood Encourages Arkansas to Vote
Lee Greenwood Encourages Arkansas to VoteFrom:Jason TolbertViews:7 0ratingsTime:00:37More inPeople & Blogs
- 5 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 8:16pm -
Cotton hammers Pryor on Obama
Cotton hammers Pryor on ObamaTom Cotton in the US Senate Debate on AETN.From:Jason TolbertViews:79 0ratingsTime:01:10More inPeople & Blogs
- 19 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 6:12pm -

WholeHogSports

  • Rise from the ranks
    Arkansas' tour through half of its SEC schedule has been rife with hazards and heartbreak.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:48am -
  • Yo, Dog, ease up on bells
    Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn found it challenging to do an interview in Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium a few hours before the Tigers played the Bulldogs three weeks ago.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:46am -
  • Mississippi State has an Auburn tinge
    It could become uncomfortably cold instead of oppressively hot.
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 1:57am -
  • Auburn, Ole Miss meet in playoff knockout
    Auburn and Mississippi spent the week dismissing their standing in the first College Football Playoff rankings as mostly irrelevant.
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:59pm -
  • Expectations high in year 4
    After three seasons of patience, Mike Anderson knows the time for a return to the NCAA tournament is now at Arkansas.
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:18pm -
  • Not like last year
    The last time Mississippi State faced Arkansas, the Bulldogs were a mediocre 4-6 football team trying to figure out a way to become bowl eligible.
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:12pm -
  • Kentucky ranked No. 1 in preseason
    The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky.
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:10pm -
  • Hogs sweep SEC cross country again
    Arkansas' men and women cross country teams won at the Southeastern Conference Championships Friday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:07pm -

Arkansas Razorbacks (Yahoo!)

Arkansas Online - Sports

  • Red Wolves' defense looks to get back on track in Idaho
    JONESBORO — Perhaps nobody took what happened a week-and-a-half ago in Lafayette, La., harder than Joe Cauthen.
    - 3 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 4:26am -
  • Rise from the ranks
    Arkansas' tour through half of its SEC schedule has been rife with hazards and heartbreak.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:48am -
  • Yo, Dog, ease up on bells
    Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn found it challenging to do an interview in Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium a few hours before the Tigers played the Bulldogs three weeks ago.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:46am -
  • Brazen Rome incites callers, can't shake up Shared Belief
    ARCADIA, Calif. -- He's the best undefeated thoroughbred you may never have seen.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:45am -
  • QBs trigger turnarounds
    Most improved is a label that certainly fit quarterbacks Clint Trickett of West Virginia and Trevone Boykin of TCU.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:44am -
  • Today's games
    Central Arkansas at Abilene Christian WHEN 2 p.m. Central WHERE John Clark Stadium, Plano, Texas
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:43am -
  • Untapable, Napravnik team to make it big day for ladies
    ARCADIA, Calif. -- Untapable and jockey Rosie Napravnik shared the spotlight when teamming up to win Friday's Breeders' Cup Distaff, horse racing's most lucrative race for fillies and mares.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:36am -
  • 'Cats rally, stand late
    HASKELL -- Episcopal Collegiate battled back from a halftime deficit and held off a Benton Harmony Grove comeback to win 42-41 on the road Friday night.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:35am -