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  • recentFormer workers at Justin Harris' preschool say they were told to sign in adopted girls despite absence
    According to five former workers at Growing God's Kingdom, the West Fork preschool operated by Rep. Justin Harris and his wife, Marsha Harris, the couple's two young adopted daughters were often signed in at the school on days when they we…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Mar 15, 6:30am -
  • Protests of HB 1228 planned for March 30
    6 a.m.: One of our Presbyterian heroes, Rev. Marie Mainard O'Connell, is leading a protest at the Governor's Mansion.  10 a.m.: Since it was amended in the Senate, HB 1228 returns to the House Judiciary Committee. It's on the agenda, b…
    - 8 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 11:56pm -
  • Presbyterian ministers speak out against anti-gay HB 1228
    Two Arkansas Presbyterian ministers said the so-called "religious freedom" bill currently under consideration by the Arkansas legislature was discriminatory and anti-religious.  They were among a number of speakers at an "emergency me…
    - 8 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 11:23pm -
  • Is Asa Hutchinson ready for this?
    The Human Rights Campaign has highlighted the moments when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ducked and dodged (not clarifying) questions from George Stephanopoulos. See the full interview here.  [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    - 10 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 9:41pm -
  • What Arkansas Republicans talk about when they're not talking about discrimination
    In the face of protest in recent days, Arkansas Republicans have tried a number of feints to mask the true intent of the so-called "religious protection" bill making its way through the Arkansas legislature. When they say it's…
    - 11 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 9:20pm -
  • Apple CEO calls HB 1228 'dangerous' in op-ed
    In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Apple CEO Tim Cook condemned discriminatory legislation emerging from Arkansas, Indiana and elsewhere and pledged to oppose it. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would…
    - 12 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 7:56pm -
  • Spring into Sunday line
    Stay tuned. More to come tonight. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    - 12 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 7:33pm -
  • 'The Rock Obama' rips Tom Cotton a new one
    Last night on "Saturday Night Live," Tom Cotton, John Boehner and Ted Cruz inspired President Obama to turn into his Incredible Hulk-like alter ego, The Rock Obama. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    - 22 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 9:42am -
  • The Saturday nite line
    Over to you. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    - 2 days ago, 28 Mar 15, 7:36pm -
  • UPDATE: Education committee passes bill to tamper with American history curriculum
    UPDATE, 3/28/15: A blog commenter helpfully — albeit rudely — informs us that the bill was amended immediately before final passage to remove the "20 days" requirement I mentioned below. It now only requires a "relevant review" of pre-…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Mar 15, 2:23pm -

Arkansas News Bureau

  • California table wine could be banished
    LITTLE ROCK — Protection of conventional agriculture methods in Arkansas could come at the price of a glass of California wine if a new bill from a Bentonville state representative is passed by the senate this week.
    - 6 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:00am -
  • Legislative session winding down
    LITTLE ROCK — The end of the state legislative session is in sight, House and Senate leaders say.
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 9:17pm -
  • Legislative leaders unveil proposed budget
    LITTLE ROCK — Legislative leaders on Friday unveiled a nearly $5.2 billion budget plan that is similar to the proposed budget Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveiled in January, but with money carved out for a capital gains tax cut and a rainy day fund.
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 6:51pm -
  • Updated: Senate approves ‘religious freedom’ bill
    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate voted Friday to approve a bill that supporters say will protect religious freedoms and opponents say will protect discrimination.
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 12:11pm -
  • State unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent
    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.5 percent in February, according to labor statistic released Friday.
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 10:25am -
  • Lawmakers OK bills on ‘re-homing,’ executions, lottery scholarships
    LITTLE ROCK — State legislators gave final passage Thursday to two bills addressing “re-homing” and advanced bills on executions and lottery-funded college scholarships.
    - 3 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 9:16pm -
  • Panel backs drug testing for public benefits recipients
    LITTLE ROCK — A House committee on Thursday advanced a bill to create a pilot program to drug test participants in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.
    - 3 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 8:03pm -
  • Little Rock businessman urges aid to Africa
    WASHINGTON — A high-powered panel of witnesses that included Little Rock businessman Scott Ford urged the Senate Thursday to reject a proposal that would have cut in half U.S. foreign aid that is improving the health and well-being for Africa’s p…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 7:14pm -
  • Group says religious-belief bill anti-business
    LITTLE ROCK — An advocacy group on Thursday called on state lawmakers and Gov. Asa Hutchinson to reject a bill it said would send a message to businesses that Arkansas is an intolerant, unwelcoming place to do business.
    - 4 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 5:42pm -
  • Hutchinson names Florida man to head AEDC
    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday named Florida economic development official Mike Preston as the new director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
    - 4 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 2:02pm -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (State)

  • recentCook calls 'religious objection' laws dangerous
    NEW YORK — Apple CEO Tim Cook said that "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number states such as Indiana and Texas is dangerous.
    - 41 mins ago, 30 Mar 15, 7:11am -
  • $5.18B state budget tops lawmakers' list
    Arkansas lawmakers will try to wrap up their work during the 90th Arkansas General Assembly's regular session this week by completing action on a proposed $5.18 billion general-revenue budget, deciding whether this will be the first regular session i…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 3:02am -
  • Foes of HB1228 gather in LR
    About 700 people gathered in Little Rock on Sunday opposing an Arkansas bill they say would allow businesses to refuse service to gays and transgender people.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:49am -
  • 3 ports in state to be dredged
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend more than $7 million this year on dredging 10 Mississippi River ports in four states to open channels that are often clogged by silt and sediment from upstream.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:48am -
  • LR vets center, detractors mend fences
    Estella Morris considers the Veterans Day Treatment Center in downtown Little Rock a good neighbor.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:45am -
  • Library system sets adult classes
    Low-cost, short-term skills classes will start in Little Rock this summer through a new program created by the Central Arkansas Library System.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:44am -
  • Road-building frenzy aimed at catching up to NW Arkansas' growth
    Northwest Arkansas is in the middle of a road-building boom to ease congestion on the region's crowded highway system.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:43am -
  • Lowell to put cameras on officers
    Lowell plans to equip all of its street police officers with body cameras by the end of next month, while some other police departments in the state continue to discuss the idea.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:42am -
  • U.S. 63 crash kills Trumann woman
    A Trumann woman was killed Sunday when her vehicle struck a culvert, Arkansas State Police reported.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:42am -
  • Other days
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    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:40am -

Cook's Outlook

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Brummett's Blog

  • On thou shalt not kill, and meanness

    - 4 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 12:34pm -
  • Being real poor ain’t all that fair either
    So poor beleaguered state Rep. Warwick Sabin of Little Rock got pounded down this morning on his bill to provide tax relief to the working poor in the wholly viable and bipartisan fashion of an earned income tax credit, embraced nationally by Preside…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 12:54pm -
  • Sounds like him
    So on the front page today the Democrat-Gazette reveals new morsels from the apparently dictated journals of former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in the 1980s and 1990s — journals in the sense that the now-ailing senator apparently dictated candid persona…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Mar 15, 6:42am -
  • On big legislative dinner — and a buried lead
    It’s time to reactivate this long-dormant blog. A good return-to-action post would be about lobbyists helping to raise money for last night’s speaker’s ball and the president’pro tem’s ball, long social staples of the state legislative cult…
    - 10 days ago, 20 Mar 15, 4:17pm -
  • 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 -

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Arkansas Business

  • #HB1228 Tests LGBT Economic Argument (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)
    How the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" is testing an effort by gay rights supporters to turn the fight over anti-discrimination laws and same-sex marriage into a financial debate, not a social one.
    - 15 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 4:41pm -
  • Indiana Officials Look to Stem Fallout From Religious Objections Law
    The heat over Indiana's new religious objections law spread Friday across social media and to the White House as many local officials and business groups around the state tried to jump in and stem the fallout.
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 4:38pm -
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Joins in Chorus Against Religious Protection Bill
    Arkansas is starting to hear from civil rights leaders and the CEOs if prominent tech firms about HB1228, a religious protection bill that was approved in the state Senate this afternoon and now heads back to the House.
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 1:59pm -
  • Arkansas Senate Approves Religious Protection Bill
    The Arkansas Senate has passed a bill aimed at preventing the government from infringing upon someone's religious beliefs, a measure that critics say would be a blank check for businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 1:46pm -
  • Today Is Final Day for Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Nominations
    Today is the final day for readers to make nominations for Arkansas Business' annual 40 Under 40 feature.
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 11:49am -
  • US Economic Growth Might Be Mild, But It's Also Really Durable
    The U.S. economy's tepid performance last quarter — a 2.2 percent annual growth rate, the government said Friday — was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009.
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 11:45am -
  • PAM Executives Got Pay Bumps After Profitable 2014
    President and CEO Dan Cushman received total compensation of $1.38 million in 2014, according to a proxy statement filed with the SEC. Cushman made $720,034 in 2013. The pay increase came after a year in which PAM posted net income of $13.5 million,…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 10:33am -
  • Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.5 Percent
    The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February, down a tenth of a percentage point from January, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 9:47am -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Business)

  • Laser projector stars at LR event
    A homegrown company with more than 45 years of experience working with lasers is showing off a new laser-illuminated projector today that could replace the expensive bulbs most movie theaters use.
    - 6 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:08am -
  • Poultry firm catches the wave
    ROGERS -- His name is Ed Fryar, he's in the chicken business, and his company is expanding rapidly as chicken raised without antibiotics moves from a niche market to a mainstream product.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Mar 15, 2:03am -
  • Health of banks in state swelling
    The financial condition of the 109 banks based in Arkansas has improved significantly in the past two years, said Candace Franks, commissioner of the Arkansas State Bank Department.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Mar 15, 2:01am -
  • Startup aims for faster blood tests
    Kevin Clark routinely had 12-hour commutes to work, estimating he spent more time sleeping on jets than beds as the chief executive officer of a Miami-based diagnostic equipment manufacturer.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Mar 15, 1:59am -
  • CROSSMARK center helps Wal-Mart, suppliers find common ground
    Nearly 1,400 companies that serve as suppliers to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have people on the ground in Northwest Arkansas.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Mar 15, 1:57am -
  • Business People
    - 1 day ago, 29 Mar 15, 1:52am -
  • Oil and Gas Report
    The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 9 drilling permits, 9 well completions and 2 well recompletions. By county, they were:
    - 1 day ago, 29 Mar 15, 1:49am -
    COMMERCIAL C & D Construction, 2124 Brown St., Little Rock, $479,000.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Mar 15, 1:48am -

Tolbert Report from Youtube

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:171 2ratingsTime:02:18More inPeople & B…
- 18 days ago, 11 Mar 15, 11:09pm -
Scam pretending to be IRS
Scam pretending to be IRSScam.From:Jason TolbertViews:16 0ratingsTime:00:48More inPeople & Blogs
- 27 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 8:38pm -
Huckabee on "Art of Governing"
Huckabee on "Art of Governing"Mike Huckabee discusses his time as governor of Arkansas and "Art of Governing" on his Fox News show.From:Jason TolbertViews:29 0ratingsTime:03:54More inPeople & Blogs
- 28 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:11am -
Austin Barbour advice to the Tea Party
Austin Barbour advice to the Tea PartySpeaking at the Clinton School of Public Service, Austin Barbour advice to the Tea Party.From:Jason TolbertViews:62 0ratingsTime:04:20More inPeople & Blogs
- 28 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:11am -
Mike Huckabee Uses Blanche Lincoln to Pander to Sheldon Adelson
Mike Huckabee Uses Blanche Lincoln to Pander to Sheldon AdelsonMike Huckabee on his Fox News Show Uses Blanche Lincoln to Pander to Sheldon Adelso.From:Jason TolbertViews:124 2ratingsTime:05:58More inPeople & Blogs
- 28 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:11am -
Cotton hammers Pryor on Obama
Cotton hammers Pryor on ObamaTom Cotton in the US Senate Debate on AETN.From:Jason TolbertViews:87 0ratingsTime:01:10More inPeople & Blogs
- 28 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:11am -


  • Pitchers stepping up for Hogs
    A week ago, this column referenced the Arkansas Razorbacks pitching staff as "three and a half men."
    - 6 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:10am -
  • Legal troubles dwindle under Bielema
    The change Arkansas has experienced on the field since Bret Bielema’s hire has been mirrored off the field.
    - 6 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:00am -
  • Monday recruiting tidbits
    Razorback guard signee Jimmy Whitt will play for an Arkansas team that will take on Tennessee in the Mike Conley Jr. All Star Classic at Little Rock Hall scheduled for 7:30 Thursday night.
    - 7 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 1:00am -
  • Toronto signs Wilkins
    Andy Wilkins has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, who have optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.
    - 13 hours ago, 29 Mar 15, 6:28pm -
  • Sharp swipe by Wernes leaves Ole Miss at a loss
    Thanks to some heads-up base running by Bobby Wernes and a stellar performance from four Arkansas pitchers, the Razorbacks stole a 5-2 victory from Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon to win its first SEC series of the season.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Mar 15, 2:51am -
  • Time out: We didn't ask for 'media' timeout
    As the commercial telethon commonly known as the NCAA Tournament wraps up its second weekend, it seems too much time has been spent watching folks pitch something for sale rather than seeing actual basketball action.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Mar 15, 2:50am -
  • Hannahs' range will help Hogs
    Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson said Dusty Hannahs showed in practice this season he can hit baskets from well beyond 25 feet.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Mar 15, 2:46am -
  • Kentucky survives Notre Dame, advances to Final Four
    Pushed to the brink, Kentucky's still perfect and still playing.
    - 1 day ago, 28 Mar 15, 11:14pm -

Arkansas Razorbacks (Yahoo!)

Arkansas Online - Sports

  • Extra 13.1 miles no problem for Davison, 32
    FAYETTEVILLE -- Phil Davison returned to the 39th Hogeye Marathon as last year's winner in the Hogeye half marathon run. Sunday, Davison took his first crack at the full 26.2-mile marathon race with hopes of adding another first-place prize to his li…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:27am -
  • Coach K: 12 more than Few
    HOUSTON -- Mike Krzyzewski is living in the moment with his youngest team, not thinking too much about the significance of his latest trip to the NCAA Final Four.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:26am -
  • Izzo, No. 7 Spartans savor surprising rise
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Travis Trice vowed a day earlier that he wasn't going to cry should the Michigan State Spartans continue their improbable run to the Final Four.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:25am -
  • Walker, Texas pro, disarms young gun
    SAN ANTONIO -- Jimmy Walker made himself right at home on the Texas Open leaderboard.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:24am -
  • Hamlin surges late, grabs 25th victory
    MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:23am -
  • Plenty to watch in Final Four
    If you liked the look of last year's Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:22am -
  • Warlick looks for first Final Four
    SPOKANE, Wash. -- The expectation was placed on Holly Warlick the moment she was named as Pat Summitt's successor at Tennessee.
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:22am -
  • Dayton gets shot at Connecticut
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Jim Jabir and his Dayton Flyers played Connecticut four years ago in the Huskies' Thanksgiving tournament.
    - 6 hours ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:21am -