State Rep. John Walker (D-Little Rock).
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Police Drop Charge, Apologize To Arkansas Lawmaker Arrested For Filming Traffic Stop

Little Rock Police are apologizing and dropping the misdemeanor charge against Democratic state representative and civil rights attorney John Walker. He was taken into custody Monday for filming a traffic stop and refusing to leave the scene. Chief of Police Kent Buckner now says Walker never should have been arrested.
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Clean Line
Arkansas Business

Federal lawsuits are pending over a project to build a transmission line through Arkansas delivering wind energy from Oklahoma to the Memphis area. In this week’s issue of Arkansas Business there’s a closer look at the arguments involved in the case involving two groups of landowners who would have to sell property. 

From reporter Kyle Massey:

Who wouldn’t support a project that promises to bring cheap, clean power to 160,000 Arkansas homes along with hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars for state landowners and schools?

Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance / Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

Arkansans are being asked to spend the week of September 26-30 feeding themselves on no more than $4 dollars per day to better understand food insecurity in the state.

What used to be known as food stamps is now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. In Arkansas, qualified low-income individuals receive an average of $3.74 per day from SNAP to help them afford groceries.

State Rep. John Walker (D-Little Rock).
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Democratic state lawmaker and civil rights attorney John Walker was arrested on Monday for obstructing governmental operations. 

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Final preparations are being made before the Broadway Bridge between Little Rock and North Little Rock closes Wednesday. It will then be demolished, with a new bridge built in its place, hopefully opening within six months. But in the meantime, officials fear having one less span across the Arkansas River will lead to traffic gridlock.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

On this week's podcast, KUAR's Michael Hibblen and Jacob Kuaffman discuss the traffic nightmare that is expected to be created with the closure this coming week of the historic Broadway Bridge, Facebook apologizing to state Sen. Jason Rapert regarding his comments about Muslims, new unemployment numbers holding steady at a very low 3.9 percent and a North Little Rock costemtics plants making a major investment in solar power.

marijuana
npr.org

Arkansas voters have split attitudes on two medical marijuana proposals with few undecideds, according to the latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey.

The poll, conducted among 831 likely Arkansas voters on September 15-17, 2016, shows one medical marijuana proposal with a plurality of support, while a second ballot issue has a small majority against it. The survey has a margin of error of 3.4%.

Voters were asked:

You may be familiar with TED Talks, perhaps through tuning into the TED Radio Hour on KUAR.

TED Talks showcase speakers presenting ideas that aim to challenge our beliefs and perspectives in various disciplines. Throughout the country, cities are hosting their own, independent TED events featuring speakers from their community, known as TEDx events.

As a former civil rights attorney and now as a legal scholar and historian, Gloria Browne Marshall is no stranger to the restrictions American voters have faced in Southern states and elsewhere. Marshall is a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York and  she is the author of The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Struggle for Justice.

Marshall spoke Friday evening in Little Rock about the state of voting rights and voter suppression past and present. 

Sarah Whites-Koditschek/ARKANSAS PUBLIC MEDIA

Arkansas’s Legislature took a step toward its pledge to trim $835 million from the state’s Medicaid budget over five years today when it voted to limit group therapy for about 10,000 low-income Arkansans from 90 minutes to 60 minutes, 25 times a year.

Cindy Gillespie DHS director
Talk Business & Politics

Arkansas’s Medicaid expansion population grew by by more than 9,000 people over the previous month to a total of 317,289 in August. Meanwhile Gov. Asa Hutchinson is asking for a comprehensive plan to address the cost of the state’s entire Medicaid program.

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