Unprecedented Execution Timetable In Arkansas

On this edition of KUAR's Week-In-Review podcast, we explore the state's decision to schedule execution dates for eight inmates over a period of ten days. The Death Penalty Information Center says that's an unprecedented timetable for executions since the U.S. resumed capital punishment in 1977.

Why the hurry?  What’s the status of execution drugs, and do the inmates have any appeals left?

Also on the podcast:

-Gov. Asa Hutchinson pursues an “uphill battle” to end the official state recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee on the same day. Are the state’s black lawmakers on board? Will the Sons of Confederate Veterans muster a fight?

-As a bill filing deadline approaches, we bring you updates on a range of other proposals in the 91st General Assembly: tort reform, campus carry, marijuana, FOIA exemptions among them.

-Will the state face budget cuts after state Revenue for February made only modest improvements?

-U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford are holding a joint town hall this weekend. Meanwhile Sen. John Boozman , Congressmen French Hill and Bruce Westerman are no-shows.

-And we have a look at how one Major Motion Picture set in the Natural State figured in the life of recently deceased actor Bill Paxton.