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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 30, 2019

Around Arkansas Little Rock civil rights attorney and lawmaker John Walker died earlier this week; his body will lie in state in the Arkansas Capitol tomorrow from 11 am to 2 pm. The city of Fayetteville announces plans to acquire easements and rights of way from property owners, the first step in building their planned…

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Morning Mix: October 29, 2019

Around Arkansas Henderson State University’s board of trustees voted unanimously to merge with the Arkansas State University system. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has purchased in-vehicle and body cameras for all deputies, the Dept. plans to install their new equipment this November. National News Murray Energy, the largest privately-held coal mining operation in the United States,…

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Morning Mix: October 28, 2019

Around Arkansas A crypt has been discovered in a shallow grave beneath the Arkansas’ School for the Deaf campus. “It’s unclear how many students and teachers might be buried on campus,” signed J.R. Courtright, the school’s director, “But it’s a bigger number than we expected.”   National News In a nighttime raid, US forces in…

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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…

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Morning Mix: October 24, 2019

Around Arkansas Hefei Risever Machinery, a heavy equipment parts manufacturer based in China, held a grand opening celebration for their new $20 million plant in Jonesboro. Steven Jones, the former deputy director of the State Department of Human Services and fresh out of prison for bribery charges has been picked as West Memphis’ new director…

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Morning Mix: October 23, 2019

Around Arkansas The Little Rock Education Association (LREA) demonstrated outside the governor’s mansion in response to the Arkansas State Board of Education’s decision to derecognize the teachers’ union and strip the LREA’s negotiating power with the state.  National News President Trump announces that a limited number of U.S. troops will remain in Syria to “secure…

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Morning Mix: Friday, Oct. 18

Around Arkansas Southland Casino of West Memphis announced it will begin phasing out greyhound racing over a three-year period. Southland will spend these next few years rehoming their 1,200 racing greyhounds, so if you’ve always wanted a dog who is also a washed-up professional athlete, now is the time.   National News Juul announced it…