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Boozman on impeachment: Predicts trial will go several weeks, "fair chance" of witnesses

Boozman didn't come right out and say that he would acquit Trump if he shot someone on Fifth Avenue, but he's clearly planning to remain a loyal toady to the president.  

Boyce Hamlet resigns as director of enforcement at Alcoholic Beverage Control

Boyce Hamlet is resigning as director of enforcement at the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

Four charged in robbery of ATMs in Conway and Benton

Four Texas men were arrested yesterday, charged with robbing ATM machines, one in the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Conway and another at a Shell Superstop in Benton.

Press objects to restrictions on coverage of impeachment trial

Unprecedented restrictions seek to squelch the ability of the free press to cover the trial.

Lawsuits filed alleging abuses at youth lockup facility in Lewisville

Two lawsuits were filed yesterday alleging abuses at Lewisville Juvenile Treatment Center, a lockup facility for youths. 

Statement from Linda Collins' family on new charges against Rebecca O'Donnell

Ken Yang, former communications director for the late Sen. Linda Collins, issued a statement today from Collins' family regarding the latest developments in her murder case. 

ACLU argues before Court of Appeals in Arkansas Times First Amendment case

The American Civil Liberties Union argued yesterday in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Arkansas Times, which is challenging an Arkansas law conditioning government contracts on signing an oath not to boycott Israel or Israeli settlements.

Frequent liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders trumpets new book

Portrait of the B.S. Artist as a Young Woman.

PEN criticizes restrictions on press coverage of impeachment trial

PEN America, the free expression advocacy group, released a statement slamming the "unprecedented limitations on the Congressional press corps during President Trump’s imminent impeachment trial." 

Judge extends temporary block on Pope County casino license

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen yesterday extended a temporary restraining order to prevent the state Racing Commission from issuing a license to open a casino in Pope County.

Supreme Court remands question of damages for tenants in Alexander Apartments case

The Arkansas Supreme Court today affirmed that tenants had their due process rights violated when the city attempted to close a Southwest Little Rock apartment complex in 2015 due to safety violations and gave tenants just one week to vacate. However, the court ruled that the damages awarded to the tenants were insufficiently linked to that due process violation, and remanded the question of damages back to Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Federal judge blocks Trump's executive order allowing state and local governments to refuse refugees

A federal judge today blocked the Trump administration's executive order allowing state and local officials to opt out of accepting refugees. 

Impeachment articles delivered to Senate; Chief Justice swears in Senators for trial

Very stable, genius.

Attorney files lawsuit after being denied entry to courthouse with a gun

The lawsuit argues that lawyers are "officers of the court," and is meant to test the current law. 

Wild River Country fined for child labor violations

Splash. The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that Wild River Country, the Little Rock water park, paid $5,559 in civil penalties to resolve child labor work hours violations under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Man killed after being thrown through window in Chicken King skirmish

An employee at the Chicken King restaurant on MacArthur Drive in North Little Rock was killed yesterday after being thrown through a plate glass window, North Little Rock Police said.

Open line

The lo-fi line is open.

House votes to send articles of impeachment to Senate

As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives today voted to send two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate. 

Governor Hutchinson announces new appointments

Governor Hutchinson today announced the following appointments, including the appointment of Boyce Hamlet -- who this week stepped down as director of enforcement for the Alcoholic Beverage Control division -- to a paid position on the parole board.

Midweek headlines and open line

Joy Springer set to face Ryan Davis in a runoff in February; Judge Wendell Griffen extends temporary block on Pope County casino license; and a federal judge today blocked the Trump administration's executive order allowing state and local officials to opt out of accepting refugees.

Eighth Circuit hears arguments in Woods' and Shelton's appeals of federal corruption convictions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit Thursday heard arguments in the appeal of former Sen. Jon Woods and his friend Randell Shelton, who were convicted on federal corruption charges in May.

Cherokees try again on Pope County casino license application

The Cherokee tribe today again submitted an application to the state Racing Commission for a casino license in Pope County. The proposal, for a $225 million casino, hotel and water park, is being re-submitted under a different provision in the commission's rules in an attempt to pass legal muster. 
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