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Money Talking

Why Walmart Fought for LGBT Rights

Friday, April 03, 2015

CEOs from Fortune 500 companies were among the first to denounce recent religious freedom laws.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 409: The Come Back

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

When Darlene Lewis' son was released from prison 20 years ago, he couldn't find work. So, Darlene decided to do something about it. She runs an organization dedicated to helping former inmates find jobs. She's helped thousands of men and women -- including James Taylor, who served seven years for weapons possession and drug charges. Today, James works as a videographer, youth mentor, and also volunteers for Darlene's organization.

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The Takeaway

In Arkansas, Voters Keep a Present-Day Prohibition

Monday, November 10, 2014

Prohibition ended over 80 years ago, but on Election Day, Arkansas voters rejected an amendment to authorize statewide sale of alcohol.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Arkansas Oil Spill

Thursday, April 18, 2013

On March 29, an oil leak started in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, near Little Rock, spilling between 80,000 and 420,000 gallons of tar sands diluted bitumen. If you haven’t heard much about it, it’s because Exxon Mobil, which operates the pipeline that ruptured, has limited access to the site. Michael Hibblen, News Director at Arkansas public radio station KUAR, talks about trying to cover the spill and Anthony Swift, Natural Resources Defense Council lawyer, talks about the potential environmental impact of the spill and what it means for the Keystone XL pipeline.

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The Takeaway

Arkansas Passes Country's Most Restrictive Ban on Abortion

Thursday, March 07, 2013

On Wednesday, Arkansas passed into law the country’s most restrictive ban on abortion to date. The ruling denies women the right to an abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy, setting a term limit that is 12 weeks earlier than the limit established by Supreme Court decisions. Jason Rapert, Republican Arkansas State Senator sponsored the bill.  State Representative Greg Leding, an Arkansas Democrat and House Minority Leader, opposed it.

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Soundcheck

From the Left of Stax

Monday, January 16, 2012

If you were a soul and funk musician living in Little Rock, Arkansas, during the 1960s and ‘70s, there was one guy you needed to know: Lee Anthony. He opened Little Rock’s first black-owned record store, and later, launched a record label called True Soul Records. That label is the subject of a two-volume compilation of rare funk and soul songs called True Soul: Deep Sounds From the Left of Stax. Joining us to talk about the new release is Lee Anthony himself, along with Eothan Alapatt of Now Again records, which released the set.

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The Takeaway

Violent Weather Rips Through the South

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

For the second straight night, severe storms ravaged the South, killing at least one person in Arkansas and damaging more than 100 homes in rural East Texas. Harold Brooks, research meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory, talks to use about the storms.

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Transportation Nation

Breaking Ground on the Post-Interstate Interstate

Saturday, August 07, 2010

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) The highway megaproject, an animal still thriving in China and other developing countries, has become something of an endangered species here in America. This has a little bit to do with actual endangered species—and more specifically the environmental laws we put in place to protect them. It also has a lot to do with money, which is kinda tight these days: The Highway Trust Fund is famously broke, and the transportation reauthorization bill is stalled because there’s no consensus on how to make up for anemic gas tax revenues.

But despite all of this—and despite the fact that, technically, the interstate construction program ended in the mid-1990s—the biggest new interstate of the post-interstate era is still struggling its way into existence up and down the middle of the country.

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The Takeaway

New Report Shows Huge Increase in Child Poverty

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

According to a new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT, child poverty is on the rise in America. The report, which looked at data from 2008, shows that even before the recession hit, one million more children were living in households below the poverty line than in 2000. 

"That's a real warning sign for us," says Laura Beavers, national KIDS COUNT coordinator for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. "We are fully expecting that when the Census Bureau releases new data on child poverty this year, the child poverty rate is likely to climb above 20 percent."

The report also revealed the states with the highest ranking for overall well-being of children, and the states with the lowest rankings: New Hampshire ranked first, while Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi ranked in the bottom three.

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The Takeaway

Rescue Efforts Underway to Find Survivors in Arkansas Flooding

Monday, June 14, 2010

Rescuers are still searching for victims missing after flash floods swept through a campground in southwest Arkansas on Friday, claiming the lives of at least 19 people, including six children.

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The Takeaway

Primary Candidates Brace for November Election

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Last night, voters decided the party candidates in four closely watched states: Arkansas, California, Nevada, and South Carolina and seven others. But for many candidates the election battle is only just beginning. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at how the primary winners will fare in November's ballot. Sharron Angle's win in Nevada is both a victory for the Tea Party and for Harry Reid, who has been preparing to face-off against the conservative candidate.

Primaries have wrapped in 12 states across the country 
And joining us now is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich to read the tea leaves of what last night’s elections could predict for November’s mid term bouts.

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The Takeaway

Of Labor and Incumbency: Primaries in Arkansas, Nevada

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Primary races are scheduled in eleven states today. We are looking at two elections with national implications: Arkansas, where the power of organized labor is at play, and Nevada, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hoping a specific GOP pick will enable him to keep his seat. 

In Arkansas, Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln is facing a run-off against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. Organized labor groups, both local and national, have thrown their weight behind Halter, saying Lincoln betrayed them by not supporting a public option in health care reform and by voting for NAFTA as a U.S. Representative, in 1993. National labor groups have pumped millions of dollars into the race - leading some analysts to suggest that Arkansas' primary contest has been hijacked by national interests.

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The Takeaway

The Race to Come After Primary Results in Pennsylvania and Arkansas

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The results are in. Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter lost the Democratic primary to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn.), while incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln will now face Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in a run-off election in three weeks.

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WQXR News

Voters Cast Ballots for Outsiders in Primaries

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The biggest upset was in Pennsylvania, where Sen. Arlen Specter lost to Rep. Joe Sestak.

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WQXR News

Voters Cast Primary Ballots Today

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Voters cast ballots in primary elections in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky today.

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