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Attorney General announces lawsuit against three opioid distributors

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed a lawsuit in Pulaski Circuit Court against opioid distributors Cardinal Health, McKesson Corporation and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation.

Police recommend mayor's security detail after city board threat, but have no record of threats against mayor himself

The police have no record of specific threats against Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr., but recommended he have a police security details because of "uncharted waters" of his leadership.

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Goodbye, Arkansas legislature

A new police chief for Little Rock, a Hutchinson indicted, a new head Hog and the Medicaid work requirement struck down.

Audit faults management of Little Rock Housing Authority rental program

An audit of the Little Rock Housing Authority, also known as the Metropolitan Housing Alliance, by the inspector general of the Housing and Urban Development Department found it had mismanaged its rental assistance demonstration program.

Gun safety group played successful defense at legislative session

The Arkansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is touting a successful legislative session. No new gun safety legislation was adopted, but they played successful defense on some bad proposals.

Judge says deal struck to move Confederate statute at Pine Bluff courthouse

Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson has struck a deal to move the Confederate statue at the entrance to the county courthouse, KATV reports.

Suit challenges NRA spending on candidates including Tom Cotton

The nonprofit founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has sued the Federal Election Commission for failing to enforce campaign finance law against the National Rifle Association in helping candidates including U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton.

Experts say drugs don't stop pain in Arkansas executions

KUAR's Michael Hibblen has been checking in on the two-week hearing in federal court in a challenge to Arkansas's use of the sedative midazolam as part of a three-drug execution procedure.

Ken Starr sets Capitol visit. Protest anyone?

Well isn't this special? Former Whitewater Special Persecutor Kenneth Starr will make an appearance at the Arkansas Capitol at noon Thursday and if you're allowed to attend you can snag a $15 copy of his book, "Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation."

Wednesday's open line and the daily news roundup

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Cleburne sheriff reports shooting at Concord school

A male student was found fatally shot in a restroom at Concord High School about 1:15 p.m today and a local report says the shooting was believed to be self-inflicted.
Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey talks to protestors outside Little Rock City Hall

ACLU raps secretary of state for refusing permit and blocking Capitol to police shooting protestors

The ACLU of Arkansas has blasted the state response to a protest event at the Capitol by family and friends of Bradley Blackshire, killed by a Little Rock police officer after a traffic stop.

'Scott Script' presents options for changing at-large positions on city board; acts as 'playbook' for city's future

Mayor Frank Scott Jr. released the "Scott Script" yesterday, a 92-page compilation of the recommendations from his transition team's eight citizen-led subcommittees for uniting and improving Little Rock. Antwan Philips, co-chair of the transition team's board of directors, said he hopes the report will act as a "playbook" for the rest of the mayor's first term.

Criticism continues of Arkansas Tech scholarship named for professor seen as Holocaust denier

Arkansas Tech continues to draw criticism for standing by the award of a scholarship named for a former history professor who's been accused of being a Holocaust denier.

Casino sales pitches continue in Pope County

Here's another announcement from a casino operator hoping to persuade Pope County to invite them to open a casino there under the new casino amendment.

Senator Hendren, citing new law, seeks dismissal of federal lawsuit against his firm over unpaid labor

Senate President Pro Tempore Jim Hendren is seeking dismissal of a wage-and-hour lawsuit against his plastics company for use of unpaid labor on the strength of a state law enacted less than three weeks ago. Opposing lawyers say the new law was passed under false pretenses and cripples the minimum wage law increase approved by voters last November.

Trump's tolerance of Russian interference and the case for impeachment

If putting Donald Trump self-interest above the Constitution isn't impeachable, what is?

Jury convicts woman who fatally shot husband for watching porn, sentences her to 16 years

Jury convicts Pine Bluff woman for fatally shooting husband in a rage over his watching a TV porn channel.

Memorial to be dedicated to 21 killed in 1959 juvenile lockup fire

The state Correction Department, 60 years after the fact, will unveil a memorial on the grounds of its Wrightsville unit, the site March 5, 1959 of a fire that killed 21 boys locked inside the Negro Boys Industrial School.

Today's news roundup and the open line

Here's the daily video of headlines and comment. This is also the open line.