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  • The Republican debate lineup is set
    This is precisely the lineup that the New York Times doped out this morning as the leaders, though I think Fox's numbers might have differed marginally, for example Huckabee might have had a small lead over Carson, with whom he tied in the…
    - 7 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 5:55pm -
  • Tuesday's open line. Plus, the profit of a presidential run
    Here's the Tuesday open line and daily news video. Also: * HUCKABEE CASHES IN: Yahoo reports how, win or lose, running for president can be good for the pocketbook. Primary case in point, Mike Huckabee. His income has swollen with help f…
    - 10 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 3:52pm -
  • Governor gives two-week moratorium on Medicaid verification so DHS can catch up, but no relief for those already harmed
    Early reports from Gov. Asa Hutchinson's news conference say that he has announced a two-week moratorium of the 10-day prove-it-or-lose-it income verification window for the private option and other Medicaid health insurance coverage. B…
    - 11 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 1:53pm -
  • Republican debate countdown: Huckabee's in, but down the list
    Fox News will decide the 10 debaters for its Aug. 6 Republican based on an average of national polls as of 5 p.m. today. Various are analyzing what that means, including the New York Times. It puts the 10 in the race as shown above, wit…
    - 15 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 9:55am -
  • State revenues reflect tax policy that favors the well off
    Figures are out on state tax take in July, the first month of a new budget year. Income inequality, anyone? The gross came in $4 million below last year income(tax cuts, remember?), but $4.5 million above forecast. Flat revenue year to year, in ot…
    - 16 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 9:38am -
  • UPDATE: Democrats ask governor to extend time on Medicaid response
    The Democratic Party is calling on Gov. Asa Hutchinson to extend the 10-day limit given private option health insurance recipients to respond to questions about income eligibility before dropping them from the program. A release:…
    - 17 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 8:43am -
  • Cold enough for you? Gender bias at the thermostat
    It's a slow morning. So I took a look at a New York Time story with a headline about why women always complain about how cold it is at the office.Turns out sophisticated research has been done about thermostat settings at the office. Bott…
    - 19 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 6:46am -
  • Test vote to kill Planned Parenthood fails
    CNN: A procedural vote in the Senate on legislation that would have barred all federal funds for Planned Parenthood failed on Monday. The vote was 53-46, meaning the measure failed the get the 60 votes needed to overcome a Democratic filibu…
    - 1 day ago, 3 Aug 15, 5:32pm -
  • Child death investigation continues in Hot Springs
    Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington of Jonesboro was formally approved in a circuit judge's order today to act as special prosecutor to investigate the death of 18-month-old Thomas Naramore of Hot Springs, found dead after his father, Juvenile Judge…
    - 1 day ago, 3 Aug 15, 5:24pm -
  • The Jumoke open line: Plus new advice for the governor; a chimp gets named; life imitates art
    Here's an open line and today's video. Plus: * HEALTH ADVISOR: Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today that John Martin, currently a legislative staffer for Sen. Tom Cotton, will become his senior advisor on health policy. Does this mean we…
    - 1 day ago, 3 Aug 15, 4:17pm -

Arkansas News Bureau

  • Hutchinson orders 2-week halt to Medicaid terminations
    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced a two-week moratorium on issuing termination notices as the state Department of Human Services works to verify the eligibility of hundreds of thousands of Arkansans enrolled in the private opti…
    - 8 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 5:09pm -
  • State revenues for July down from last year, above forecast
    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas revenues for the first month of the fiscal year were down from a year ago but above forecast, the state’s fiscal office said Tuesday.
    - 13 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 11:54am -
  • Final EPA rule on carbon emissions unveiled
    LITTLE ROCK — The final version of the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever rule limiting carbon emissions from power plants, unveiled Monday, contains a later start time for compliance and a less stringent reduction target for Arkansas t…
    - 1 day ago, 3 Aug 15, 7:54pm -
  • Hutchinson hires Cotton staffer as health policy adviser
    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday he has hired a member of U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton’s staff as his senior health policy adviser.
    - 1 day ago, 3 Aug 15, 7:37pm -
  • Bill to defund Planned Parenthood fails in procedural vote
    LITTLE ROCK — A bill to ban all federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed in a procedural vote in the Senate on Monday, though it had the support of both senators from Arkansas.
    - 1 day ago, 3 Aug 15, 7:23pm -
  • Ex-Saline County sheriff pleads guilty to fraud
    LITTLE ROCK — Former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of wire fraud related to his personal use of campaign contributions.
    - 1 day ago, 3 Aug 15, 5:12pm -
  • Restaurant chain to hire 120 in Little Rock
    LITTLE ROCK — Southlake, Texas-based restaurant chain Del Frisco’s Grille said Monday it will open a location in Little Rock in September that will employ 120 people.
    - 2 days ago, 3 Aug 15, 1:02pm -
  • AEDC gets $20 million federal grant to promote research
    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Science and Technology will receive $20 million from the National Science Foundation to expand research and workforce development training opportunities at 10 colleges and u…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Aug 15, 1:02pm -
  • Hutchinson names Youth Justice Reform Board members
    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday named the 21 members of the Youth Justice Reform Board, a newly created panel charged with bringing increased oversight, accountability and effectiveness to the state’s juvenile justice system.
    - 2 days ago, 3 Aug 15, 12:57pm -
  • Lack of response to mailers accounts for 97 percent of Medicaid terminations
    LITTLE ROCK — More than 48,000 Arkansans have lost or are on the verge of losing coverage under the private option or traditional Medicaid — the vast majority of them because they did not respond quickly to a mailed notice, a development some off…
    - 3 days ago, 2 Aug 15, 2:00am -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (State)

Cook's Outlook

John Burris

Brummett's Blog

  • Asa’s veneer of niceness and centrism
    Asa Hutchinson keeps governing from the right and talking from the center. That makes him the inverse of Bill Clinton, who once was credited by a labor lobbyist with the splendid dexterity to hug you while urinating on your leg. There is a vintage As…
    - 99 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 4:01pm -
  • The two faces of Tim — UPDATE
    Politico reports that Mike Huckabee is lining up campaign staff for his personal rebranding refreshment campaign that will encompass a perfunctory bid for the Republican presidential nomination. It reports that the lieutenant governor of Arkansas, a…
    - 23 Apr 15, 8:29am -
  • How’s Mike Beebe doing?
    So I chatted by phone this morning with Mike Beebe. It was the first time we’d talked since he left the building. Any governmental or legislative commentary or analysis was off-the-record, not that he had much of that to offer. I just wondered how…
    - 7 Apr 15, 2:33pm -
  • A blogging ode to spring — tiptoeing through the tulips
    I’ll just tell you: I’m a real sissy for the tulips. I tiptoe through ‘em like a regular falsetto. It started years ago – the last century, I think. Shalah and I had one of our best vacations, starting in Amsterdam. We caught a bus to Haarlem…
    - 6 Apr 15, 5:37pm -
  • Quoting Vickery on the gay matter
    Credit where due: Conservative quipster/lobbyist Bill Vickery said during my monthly sit-in with him on his radio show Sunday morning that, when it came to religious rights and gay rights in Arkansas from the big to-do last week, “nothing has chang…
    - 6 Apr 15, 4:28pm -
  • Too scared to rule, state Supreme Court rules — CORRECTED
    The Arkansas Supreme Court announced Thursday a little something I wish to paraphrase generously, indeed embellish, but only for worthy purposes of candor and clarity. The court is dealing in chaff and somebody needs to get in there and pick out the…
    - 3 Apr 15, 7:55am -
  • On the religion-gay issue
    I just released my column for tomorrow on HB1228, the religious conscience bill that outrages the gay and lesbian movement, after inserting a few hedging phrases in concession to a bit of morning buzz. I am told that Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who has comm…
    - 30 Mar 15, 11:52am -
  • On thou shalt not kill, and meanness

    - 26 Mar 15, 12:34pm -

The Arkansas Project

  • “Short” 10 Day PO Enrollee Response Time Is More LIke 25 Days
    As we wrote last week, the allegedly “short ten-day response window” for “private option” enrollees to prove they’re eligible for Medicaid benefits is actually more like 15 days to a month.The post “Short” 10 Day PO Enrollee Response T…
    - 4 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 9:27pm -
  • Obama’s “Climate Change” Plan Will Cost Arkansans
    President Obama today announced a federal power plant emission plan that will result in higher energy bills for businesses and consumers.The post Obama’s “Climate Change” Plan Will Cost Arkansans appeared first on The Arkansas Project.
    - 1 day ago, 3 Aug 15, 6:13pm -
  • Arkansas PO Enrollment Exceeding Maximum Projections
    Arkansas’s “private option” Medicaid expansion enrollment has shattered its ceiling: it has exceeded the state’s projected maximum enrollment by 18 percent, according to a new report by the Foundation For Government Accountability.The post A…
    - 4 days ago, 31 Jul 15, 5:47pm -
  • Two-Day Sales Tax Respite No “Holiday” For Taxpayers
    Not all tax reductions are created equal.The post Two-Day Sales Tax Respite No “Holiday” For Taxpayers appeared first on The Arkansas Project.
    - 5 days ago, 30 Jul 15, 6:31pm -
  • Arkansas Shouldn’t Raise State Gas Taxes
    Mark Twain once said that “no man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” In Arkansas, that’s even true when the legislature isn’t in session. The Governor’s Highway Funding “Working Group” is mulling…
    - 6 days ago, 29 Jul 15, 5:38pm -
  • White House: Occupational Licensing Increases Cost, Decreases Opportunities
    Due to inaction during the 2015 legislative session, many Arkansas legislators now find themselves to the left of the Obama Administration on occupational licensing policy.The post White House: Occupational Licensing Increases Cost, Decreases Opport…
    - 7 days ago, 28 Jul 15, 6:56pm -
  • No, Obamacare Redeterminations Aren’t “Purges” Blindsiding Enrollees
    No, Obamacare Redeterminations Aren’t “Purges” Blindsiding Enrollees Earlier this month, we reported that the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) was in the process of removing approximately 25,000 ineligible enrollees from Arkansas’…
    - 8 days ago, 27 Jul 15, 6:50pm -
  • Good Samaritan Makes Sure Drug Dealers, Prostitutes Get Obamacare
    We’d like to congratulate one of the stars of health insurance salesmanship, North Carolina's Will Kennedy, for being awarded the inaugural Good Samaritan Award -- sponsored by The Arkansas Project!The post Good Samaritan Makes Sure Drug Dealers,…
    - 11 days ago, 25 Jul 15, 11:40am -

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Business)

  • Windstream awarded $450M contract with VA
    Little Rock-based Windstream Holdings Inc. has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide voice, data and Internet services, which could be worth up to $450 million over the next five years, the company said Tuesday…
    - 14 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 11:00am -
  • USA Truck profit rises in 2nd quarter
    Van Buren-based USA Truck Inc. on Tuesday reported a rise in second-quarter profit, its 11th consecutive quarter of financial improvement as it continues its turnaround plan.
    - 17 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 7:55am -
  • Tyson shares fall 9.9 percent
    Tyson Foods Inc. reported income and sales growth Monday for the third quarter, but its stock declined $4.39 per share after the company missed analysts' estimates and lowered its financial expectations for the 2015 fiscal year.
    - 23 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 2:42am -
  • LR Main Street Lofts sees 3 file liens
    A contractor, material supplier and the design firm that worked on the Main Street Lofts project in downtown Little Rock have filed multiple liens seeking more than $1.4 million that has gone unpaid over the past 2 1/2 years.
    - 23 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 2:39am -
  • ArcBest tops forecasts with $20M 2nd-quarter profit
    ArcBest Corp. reported $20 million in net income, or 74 cents per share, for the second quarter of 2015, turning in what Chief Executive Officer Judy McReynolds described as a "strong" quarter with profit growth across all of the company's businesses…
    - 23 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 2:37am -
  • Acxiom closes sale of infrastructure arm
    Two private-equity firms have closed on their purchase of Acxiom Corp.'s information-technology infrastructure management operations.
    - 23 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 2:31am -
  • Getting it straight
    Mikel A. Durham, recently named to the Tyson Foods Inc. board of directors, is the chief commercial officer of CSM Bakery Solutions. Because of inaccurate information provided by Tyson, Durham's employer was misidentified in an article Saturday about…
    - 23 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 2:29am -
  • Acxiom closes sale of IT unit for $190M
    Acxiom Corp. has sold its information-technology infrastructure management operations in a $190 million deal with two private-equity firms.
    - 2 days ago, 3 Aug 15, 9:10am -

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  • Florida forward to officially visit Hogs
    Small forward Doobie Jenkins plans to arrive in Fayetteville Friday for an official visit to Arkansas.
    - 3 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 10:29pm -
  • Derby waived by the Patriots
    AJ Derby was waived by the New England Patriots Tuesday.
    - 7 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 6:47pm -
  • Hogs make cut for elite PG
    Highly recruited point guard Jaylen Fisher includes Arkansas is his final list of six schools.
    - 7 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 6:39pm -
  • Houston retires from NFL
    Chris Houston has decided to retire from the NFL, the Carolina Panthers announced Tuesday.
    - 7 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 6:14pm -
  • Shittu talks Vegas, recruiting, food and cell phones
    Junior forward S.K. Shittu of Rogers Providence Christian Academy moved to the United States from Nigeria about two and half years ago and has been able to experience several things for the first time.
    - 13 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 12:00pm -
  • Tuesday recruiting tidbits
    Several Arkansas recruits made the latest ESPN 300 of the top prospects in the nation.
    - 15 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 10:13am -
  • QB Mauk wins games, not preseason honors
    When Missouri's Maty Mauk hustled into the big ballroom for his time with members of the print media, he had a bit of a swagger in his walk.
    - 22 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 3:03am -
  • Philadelphia forward likes what he sees on visit
    Arkansas hosted highly regarded swingman DeAndre Hunter for an unofficial visit on Saturday and helped itself in trying to lure him to Fayetteville.
    - 23 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 2:50am -

Arkansas Razorbacks (Yahoo!)

Arkansas Online - Sports

  • University of Arkansas opening soccer practices
    FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas' women's soccer team will open practice Wednesday for its 2015 season.
    - 11 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 2:11pm -
  • NLR football moves on with new coach, new stadium
    North Little Rock took its first steps toward putting the soap opera that was its offseason in the past.
    - 22 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 3:08am -
  • Wright still 'carrying the torch' for old friend
    Jarius Wright has entered the final year of his rookie contract with the Minnesota Vikings, with three productive seasons on his resume as a fourth-round draft pick.
    - 22 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 3:05am -
  • Regional teams head to Hendrix
    Neil Groat treasures the fact that the American Legion Mid-South Regional baseball tournament will be held on the Hendrix College campus.
    - 22 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 3:04am -
  • QB Mauk wins games, not preseason honors
    When Missouri's Maty Mauk hustled into the big ballroom for his time with members of the print media, he had a bit of a swagger in his walk.
    - 22 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 3:03am -
  • Officials ban bat boys, girls after tragedy
    The death of 9-year-old Kasier Carlile on Sunday prompted the National Baseball Congress to suspend the use of bat boys and girls in its World Series in Kansas, the Wichita Eagle reported Monday.
    - 22 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 3:02am -
  • Cyclist Danielson tests positive for synthetic testosterone
    American cyclist Tom Danielson tested positive for synthetic testosterone in an out-of-competition test last month and was immediately suspended by his team Monday.
    - 22 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 3:00am -
  • Meet Rowdy Ronda, the new Iron Mike
    Let's all get rowdy. Ronda Rousey Rowdy. Wow. Amazing. Simply the most exhilarating athlete in the world. All you male chauvinists better calm down. This lady can put the hurt on you.
    - 22 hours ago, 4 Aug 15, 2:58am -