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Morning Mix: December 2, 2019

The Piney Ridge Youth Treatment Center in Fayetteville has been cited for breaking federal rules against using chemical restraints on youth. A Little Rock man has been arrested for biting off the fingertips and earlobes of two employees at the Shell station on Rodney Parham road.   Montana Governor Steve Bullock drops out of the…

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Morning Mix: November 21, 2019

The PurSpirit Cannabis Clinic, Fayetteville’s second medical marijuana dispensary,  opened yesterday afternoon. Governor Asa Hutchinson announced his support for the perpetuation of a half-cent sales tax that would otherwise expire in 2022. The ha’penny tax is meant to improve Arkansas roads and infrastructure, which Hutchinson means to continue maintaining and improving.   Four were killed…

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Morning Mix: November 18, 2019

State inspectors find that 23 of Arkansas’ 114 high-risk dams are in poor condition and beyond their 50-year operational life. High-risk dams are any dam where failure can cause loss of life and massive property damage. Josh Mahony, the erstwhile Democratic challenger to Tom Cotton in the 2020 election, drops out of the race, two…

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Morning Mix: November 14, 2019

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery reported a drop in revenue compared to this time last year, citing a dearth of large jackpots as a potential cause. The Little Rock Education Association is currently holding a one-day strike, with hundreds of teachers, students and their families coming out as a show of support for the teachers’ union.…

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Morning Mix: November 7, 2019

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling against an Arkansas anti-loitering law, agreeing that it unconstitutionally targets panhandlers. Little Rock teachers and student supporters stage walk-ins, arriving to school buildings together before class in protest of the State Board of Education.   Oklahoma Governor Kevin Sitt commutes 527 non-violent offenders, resulting in…

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Morning Mix: November 6, 2019

Allison Dougan, a Faulkner County 16-year old has filed for the District 40 state house seat, despite the age requirement being 21. The Arkansas Department of Human Services will close its offices in DeWitt, Clarendon, Booneville and Osceola. Officials say that shifting the offices to other areas would better serve Arkansans.   A study published…

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Morning Mix: November 1, 2019

The Yellville deer hunter who was apparently killed by one of his quarry was found to have suffered from other medical conditions that precipitated his death, officials says.  Arkansas Health Department announces first death of the 2019-2020 flu season Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott announces that the Little Rock School District will return to local…

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Morning Mix: October 31, 2019

Around Arkansas Several raccoons have been spotted wandering around Arkansas State University’s campus library, mostly in the third floor reference section. 3,414 Little Rock School District students were absent Wednesday, many participating in a sick-out and demonstrating outside the Capitol in support of their teachers’ ability to unionize.   National News The US House of…

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Morning Mix: October 25, 2019

Around Arkansas Federal task force shuts down three fentanyl trafficking rings, resulting in 50 arrests. A Yellville deer hunter was killed, apparently stabbed by a wounded deer.   National News Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held in civil contempt by a federal judge after ignoring orders to stop collecting loans for a now-defunct for-profit college. FEMA…