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Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

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Little Rock, AR 72201   Directions

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Hurricane's death toll rises to 26
10/17/2018 3:50am

Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That&39s in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South.

Trump calls senator 'fraud' after DNA test
10/17/2018 3:47am

President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning called Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a complete and total Fraud, opening a second day of sparring between the current White House occupant and a likely 2020 challenger over her American Indian heritage.

Hondurans' march nets aid-cut threat
10/17/2018 3:44am

President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to withhold aid from the Honduran government if it did not halt a mass migration of as many as 2,000 people, mainly from Honduras, who crossed into Guatemala this week with the intention of reaching the United States.

Starting today, Canada can light up lawful pot
10/17/2018 3:41am

Canada becomes the first major industrialized country to fully decriminalize cannabis for recreational use today, fulfilling a 2015 election pledge from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a process that has proved complex and remains fraught with uncertainty.

The world in brief
10/17/2018 3:39am

Australian advises embassy shift, too

Arkansas Times

Arkansas Times

201 E Markham St
Little Rock, AR 72201   Directions

(501) 375-2985


Marijuana dispensary scores could be ready by mid- to late November, commission told
10/16/2018 6:54pm

Public Consulting Group, the company hired by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission to evaluate dispensary applications, said it will try to provide results to the commission within the 30 days agreed after receipt of the applications by mid-November or late November at the latest. First, however, PCG must train a team of scorers, who will grade independently, so that their evaluations of application components will be consistent, manager Thomas Aldridge told the commission. It will be up to the commission to review the aggregate scores for location 32 dispensaries will be divided up in eight regions and award bonus points based on the rubric.Commission Chairwoman Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman objected strongly to the lack of a physician on the scoring team that PCG has assembled: industry experts ingovernment regulation, cannabis, a pharmacist, law and a nurse. Henry-Tillman said dispensaries should be evaluated as to knowledge of how to dispense medical marijuana appropriate to the disease process. She said the rubric for applicants requires dispensaries to be educated on what to do when an applicant comes in with one of the qualifying diseases. She said a nurse evaluation would be unacceptable.I get very nervous about patient care, Henry-Tillman said. To see a lack of support on medical is mind-boggling to me. This could be dangerous. ... Someone could get hurt. Commissioner Travis Story suggested that PCG review minutes and recordings of which there would be hours of the commissions discussions on the educational component in dispensaries.Aldridge said PCG would be happy to revisit the idea and add that as a possibility. That would come with a few changes. Thats not the way I originally established the team. Aldridge didnt say so, but hiring a physician might make its low bid for the job under $100,00, a great deal less than other bids unrealistic. He did say that hiring physicians for hours of work might be problematic, to which Henry-Tillman replied that she is a physician serving without compensation on the commission.Commissioner James Miller, who participated in the meeting by conference call, asked Aldridge why the companys bid was so low. Aldridge responded that PCG, which largely works with health and human service organizations on Medicaid issues, believed working with Arkansas was an opportunity to see how we can go in and be helpful. ... We also might use this as a jumping off point for other projects. We have no intention of making a lot of money on this contract. Instead, it is a project that would help PCG establish a footprint in the cannabis business.What Aldridge seemed to be saying was that while evaluating qualifications for certain government services is something PCG does, the contract with Arkansas will require a learning curve and be a test to see, as Aldridge described it, if skill set and talents match up. The videotape secretly made by unsuccessful marijuana cultivator permit seeker Ken Shollmier of Commissioner Dr. Carlos Roman was not a subject of discussion. Roman did not attend the meeting.The commission also engaged in a long discussion with its counsel on how to handle notification of disqualification to applicants, previously handled by ABC staff but required by law to go out under the commissions signature. A request at the end of the meeting by two peoplein the audience who wanted to speak to the issue of the disqualified applications was amenable to Henry-Tillman, but Story objected and suggested a separate meeting be held to hear comments, perhaps in a bigger venue. The commission agreed not to sign any notices of disqualification until a public hearing could be held. The hearing was tentatively set for 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at either Bowen School of Law or the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Highway department closes bridge for closer look
10/16/2018 4:32pm

After a video went viral of the historic Beaver suspension bridgein Carroll County sagging beneath the weight of a tour bus, the Arkansas Department of Transportation has decided to close the bridge for a closer inspection, 40/29 reports. The bridge has required temporary closures since early October due to scheduled routine maintenance. ARDOT engineers decided to take a closer look at the bridge after receiving results of a special bridge inspection. Until the review is complete, the bridge will remain closed, the department announced Tuesday.The bridge has a 10-ton limit. The tour bus that crossed it weighed 35 tons, the highway department said earlier.Heres the video of the problematic crossing caught on Facebook by Barb Hartman Mather. After an initial inspection, the department said theyd found no damage. GPS directions apparently point to the bridge as a short-cut route to Holiday Island but drivers of heavier vehicles sometimes ignore the posted weight limit.

Mount Holly Cemetery's Tales of the Crypt relocated
10/16/2018 4:03pm

The annual Tales of the Crypt, scheduled for tonight at Mount Holly Cemetery, has been relocated to the Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School Auditorium at 2501 John Barrow Rd. The guided tour of the historic Cemetery features costumed students from Parkview Arts and Science Magnet interpreting famed Arkansans lives graveside, and draws hundreds of attendees each year. Due to impending thunderstorms last week, the event was rescheduled from its original date on October 9 to Tuesday, October 16. Lace gloves and lightning, after all, do not co-mingle well. Heres a short preview of Tales, part of the To-Do List in last weeks entertainment section: A lot of storied lives were led by those interred at Little Rocks 175-year-old Mount Holly Cemetery, and nearly a quarter-century ago an English teacher at Parkview Arts and Science Magnet, Susan Taylor Barham, teamed up with playwright/educator Judy Goss, Fred Busey, the Arkansas Arts Center and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to tell some of those tales with a program called Tales of the Crypt. Student performers were outfitted with period-specific costumery and assigned the role of some Arkansawyer interred there to re-enact graveside, and instead of the expected 300 attendees, Mount Hollys website reads, 1,200 people showed up. The event is still going strong, and Arkansas figures like Eleanor Counts, Quatie Ross and David O. Dodd are represented by drama students in dialogue and monologue along one of the events tours, which begin at both the north and south ends of the cemetery. Admission is free, but anything you can donate goes to the maintenance fund for the cemetery.

Poor People's Campaign gathers in Little Rock
10/16/2018 2:45pm

A diverse chorus of voices joined together to sing Freedom Aint Free at the Arkansas Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival event on Monday evening in Little Rock. Hosted by the Arkansas PPC, the walls of Rufus K. Young Christian Church at 2100 Main St. were covered in signs spreading the message of the movement, such as Denying Health Care is Violence, Ecological Devastation is Immoral and Systemic Racism is Immoral. Originally conceptualized in 1968 by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. along with other faith leaders and leaders of the poor, the PPC was a rallying cry by poor folks, for poor folks. They demanded better jobs, better homes and better education, and the campaign was revolutionary in its ability to bring together marginalized people across spectrums of rage, age and occupation from all over the country. After Kings assassination in April 1968, the PPC still held a massive mobilization in June of over 50,000 people in a shantytown, known as Resurrection City, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The movement lost steam after Kings death and the assassination of Robert Kennedy, a crucial advocate for the campaign. But it was recently revived by Rev. Drs. William Barber II and Liz Theoharis, along with thousands of organizers and participants, who are calling for a national moral revival armed with a set of demands to address the current needs of Americas poor and low-income individuals and families. The PPC says nonviolent action, and the radical inclusivity and uplifting of marginalized voices is at the core of its mission.At the event in Little Rock, people of different race, gender and age filled the sanctuary, including the upstairs loft. Barber was scheduled to attend, but Theoharis said one of his parishioners had just been diagnosed with aggressive cancer and Barber had stayed in North Carolina to pray with her in the hospital. The event began with organizers leading attendees in hymns about freedom and justice, and different faith leaders from the community read statistics from The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America 50 Years After the Poor Peoples Campaign, including the troubling statistic that 46 percent of Arkansans are poor and low income, according to the report. The focus of the event was the testimonies of six individuals affected by the interlocking injustices at the core of the PPCs mission work: systemic racism, systemic poverty and inequality, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism and national morality. The panelists shared personal stories and called for action surrounding the disenfranchisement of formerly incarcerated citizens, mass incarceration and a switch from punitive justice to restorative justice. Ruby Welch introduced herself, then said, Im also known in the state of Arkansas as 706416. Welch was incarcerated in 1999 within the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Taxation without representation is tyranny, she said. Upon my release in 2006, I found myself faced with a lifetime list of what I call my I cant stipulations. I cant marry, buy a car, or make any large purchases without first obtaining permission. But my greatest I cant is that I cant vote until my entire term limit has been served or I receive a pardon. Welch was sentenced to 30 years, 7 of which she completed. People have come up with the terminology returning citizen, and I do not, will not, and cannot identify as a citizen of these United States, she said.Local activist Maria Meneses spoke emotionally about issues facing Arkansas immigrants, including the risks of not having drivers licenses and the fear instilled in communities policed by ICE. Separation of families doesnt just occur at the border, it occurs here in our own state, she said. Michael Martin, a U.S. Air Force veteran, spoke about his severe depression and anxiety, his experiences with drug and alcohol abuse, his work with veterans with PTSD, and his exhaustion with the false narrative that people like myself are weak, lazy and immoral, he said. Emily Kearns read the words of Barbara Bouie, a lifelong resident of Crossett about the devastating effects of pollutants from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill and chemical company on the health of its workers and residents. Bouies story, and the larger story of Crossett, were told in the documentary, Company Town. Rev. Carol Blow spoke about her experiences facing discrimination as the first African-American graduate of Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, as a woman pastor and as a single mother of four adoptive children. When we take down the fences between our yards, we are also taking down the fences in our hearts, she said. That is when we really begin to know and love our neighbors and make peace with one another. Zachary Crow, director of DecARcerate, was the last panelist of the evening, and he spoke about the teachings of Jesus, whom, according to Crow, was a brown-skinned rabble-rouser, an undocumented Palestinian, an unhoused prophet, a victim of state-sanctioned murder, incarcerated and later killed by a militarized police force while his mother watched. He also said the church needs to be better about taking action and to stop the over-spiritualizing and depoliticization of the gospel. After the testimonies, organizers led the crowd in more music, including a song with the lyrics, freedom is coming. Arkansas PPC co-chair Solomon Burchfield and organizer Anika Whitfield asked attendees to fill out pledge cards for the campaign with their contact information so they could be called upon to help. The pain and the discontent of the people of Arkansas is real, Burchfield said. And the demands of our movement are moral. And by the way, we are not asking requests. We are organizing so we can make demands.

Tuesday: The news roundup and open line
10/16/2018 1:25pm

The daily roundup of news and comment and the open line.

Daily Record

Daily Record

300 S Izard St
Little Rock, AR 72201   Directions

(501) 374-5103


KARK-TV 4 - NBC

KARK-TV 4 - NBC

1401 W Capitol Ave
Little Rock, AR 72201   Directions

(501) 340-4444


KATV 7 - NBC

KATV 7 - NBC

401 Main St
Little Rock, AR 72201   Directions

(501) 324-7777


KETS-TV 2 - PBS

KETS-TV 2 - PBS

350 S Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72034   Directions

(501) 682-2386


Are you ready? AETN is your new home for high school sports championships!
10/15/2018 10:35am

Are you ready AETN is your newhome for high school sports championships Inpartnership with the Arkansas Activities Association, AETN will broadcast the2018 2A-7A high school football state finals live from War Memorial Stadiumbeginning Friday, Nov. 30. Games will be available to watch onlineafter broadcast.

Are Your Ducks in a Row?
10/10/2018 8:15am

October 15-21 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Learn how you can make decisions now that help protect your family and fulfill your wishes and how you can request a free estate planning booklet today.

“Elections 2018: AETN Debates” Schedule
10/04/2018 4:48pm

Its time once again for AETNs debate series to help Arkansas citizens make informed decisions at the polls in November. Candidates in eight races have agreed to participate in Election 2018: AETN Debates, which will tape and air Oct. 8-12. AETN will also produce Election 2018: Ballot Initiatives featuring the proposed initiatives that have reached the ballot in a 30-minute program produced in conjunction with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Read on to learn how you can attend the debates live or when and how you can watch with us.

What’s New on “Poldark: Season 4”
10/04/2018 4:46pm

The fourth season of Poldark galloped back onto Masterpiece PBS Sunday, Sept. 30, and continues through Nov. 19. Whats changed and wait new adventures await Ross, Demelza and the characters who have been with us through thick and thin Also, is there a way you can watch the full season now Hint: thats a definite yes Keep reading to learn more.

Watch “The Durrells in Corfu: Season 3”
10/04/2018 3:45pm

Traveling back to the Greek isles, Masterpiece PBS has brought the third season of this rollicking family adventure to our screens, and we have the scoop on how you can binge the full season now with AETN Passport

KLRT-TV 16 - FOX

KLRT-TV 16 - FOX

1401 W Capitol Ave
Little Rock, AR 72201   Directions

(501) 340-4444


KTHV-TV 11 - CBS

KTHV-TV 11 - CBS

720 S Izard St
Little Rock, AR 72201   Directions

(501) 376-1111


ADH investigating 5 suspected cases of polio-like illness in Arkansas
10/16/2018 10:22pm

A new virus that is being compared to polio may have reached Arkansas as it spreads across the country.

State grant allows Bryant neighborhoods get drainage upgrade
10/16/2018 6:18pm

In one Bryant neighborhood, a rainy day may mean flooding for homeowners. Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs said there are a lot of residential areas that flood.

Homeowner warns to get chimney, furnace inspected before turning them on
10/16/2018 6:03pm

As the cooler weather moves into Arkansas, some of you may be turning to your furnaces and heaters to keep warm.

Police: Man stalked Rogers-based Twitch streamer, hoped to marry her
10/16/2018 4:28pm

The woman said Moore sent her letters, lingerie and a sex toy over the past year despite never communicating with him, according to the affidavit.

Conway Christian senior helps bring relief to East coast flood victims
10/16/2018 7:46pm

After seeing Hurricane Florence devastate the east coast on live television in September, Jacob Bowman hit the road running to help bring relief to his Conway friends in South Carolina.

KVTN-DT

KVTN-DT

701 Napa Valley Dr
Little Rock, AR 72211   Directions

(501) 223-2525


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