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The Save Our LRSD open line

The open line is a call to action.

Secret government gets a pass from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette overage of the sneak attack on the Little Rock School District yesterday omitted some important points that the newspaper normally would highlight.

What's next for Little Rock teachers

It's not hard to connect the dots. Nine months ago, when Education Commissioner Johnny Key demanded that the Little Rock Education Association agree to strip Little Rock teachers at struggling schools of the employment protections enjoyed by all other public school teachers in the state, the goal was to kill the LREA, the lone teacher's union in the state that still represents teachers in the district in collective bargaining. Today was the follow-up.

Did Johnny Key really say that? UPDATE

Worth highlighting is the prepared statement issued today by Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key, who's failed in running the Little Rock School District for almost five years and whose department came up with the fake local-control plan crammed down the district's throat by the Asa Hutchinson-controlled state Board of Education at a surprise meeting today.

Study gun safety? Legislative Council says no.

The Arkansas Democratic Party notes that the Arkansas Legislative Council refused on voice votes today to even study the potential value of a couple of modest gun-safety measures.

Retired park superintendent to run for House in Faulkner County

Steve Wilson, retired superintendent of Woolly Hollow State Park in Greenbrier, will run as a Democrat for House District 67, currently held by Republican Rep. Stephen Meeks.

Internet used car seller to open facility in West Memphis

Carvana, which markets used cars on the Internet, will open a facility to recondition and distribute the vehicles in West Memphis.

Today's news: Outrage over Asa's state Board of Education

The daily video: A rant about Asa Hutchinson's Board of Education and education commissioner's lawless fig leaf of a return of control to Little Rock School District.

Walmart to stop sale of e-cigarettes

Walmart is ending sale of e-cigarettes.

Police report another shooting death

Another homicide in Southwest Little Rock.

Unemployment rate holds steady

Unemployment rate holds steady.

State proposes limited return of LR school control, begins move to oust teachers union

The state Board of Education has approved a proposal for limited return of control to Little Rock School District voters and seems ready to oust teachers union as bargaining agent. Strong criticism heard.

Another Democratic House candidacy to note

Spotted on Facebook today was this announcement by Matthew Stallings of North Little Rock, who plans a Democratic challlenge of Republican Rep. Carlton Wing for House District 38.

Trump corruption in plain view

Trump's quid pro quo with Ukraine: Is anything impeachable anymore?

An open letter to state education leaders: Local control is best for LRSD

Ali Brady Noland, an Little Rock School District parent and leading advocate for the district, wrote this open letter to Governor Hutchinson, Education Commission Johnny Key and the State Board of Education in advance of a decision on the fate of the LRSD.

LRSD Community Advisory members defend state's treatment of LRSD

Two Little Rock School District Community Advisory Board members defended state leaders and the State Board of Education and their treatment of the LRSD at the board's monthly meeting Thursday.

State Board of Education sets special meeting Friday; to unveil secret plan for LRSD

The state Board of Education will have a special meeting at 9 a.m. Friday to discuss the future of Little Rock School District. Short notice and no details, another state insult to supporters of the district.

Hearing today in Linda Collins murder case

Becky O'Donnell, charged with capital murder in the slaying of former Sen. Linda Collins of Pocahontas, appeared in circuit court in Pocahontas today for a hearing on motions in the case.

Judges petition filing deadline draws a crowd

The secretary of state website indicates dozens of candidates for judicial office in March had filed by today's noon deadline to qualify for the ballot by petition rather than paying a filing fee.

Today's news: Donald, doomsday amendment and dreadlocks

The open line and today's video news roundup, from Israel to Fort Smith and a lot of ground in between.