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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 11, 2019

The Little Rock Education Association announces a one-day strike will take place this Thursday. Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas to open $133 million expansion in Rogers.   Arkansas’  U.S. Representative Rick Crawford is temporarily giving up his seat on the House Intelligence Committee, citing his replacement’s extensive legal experience. The BBC announces that it will broadcast…

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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 5, 2019

Arkansas Department of Finance announces that state revenue is over $30 million above revenue at the same time last year and forecasts. All four of Arkansas’ Republican congressmen file for re-election next year.   Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke drops out of the race. The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations that the United States…