Arkansas Week: Dustin McDaniel on ExxonMobile in Mayflower & Medicaid

On this week’s edition of AETN‘s “Arkansas Week,” Steve Barnes talks to Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel about ExxonMobil and the Mayflower oil spill. Plus, me, KUAR’s Michael Hibblen and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Doug Thompson discuss the Medicaid non-expansion expansion and gubernatorial/congressional politics.

You can watch the whole show right here.

Arkansas Week Tonight: McDaniel, Shoffner, #ARLEG, Medicaid & Wal-Mart

Arkansas Week on AETN

8 p.m. Friday.

A packed, fast-paced show tonight on AETN’s “Arkansas Week.” I join host Steve Barnes and Michael Hibblen, news director of KUAR-FM, 89.1, in Little Rock and Dr. Price Dooley of the political science department of the University of Central Arkansas.

On the agenda, Dustin McDaniel’s “meet-the-press” moment, more woes for Martha Shoffner, the coming legislative session, the great Medicaid expansion debate, the week in Wal-Mart and Tom Cotton’s first days in Congress.

Lots to cover! You can watch at 8 p.m. tonight or right here as soon as the video is available.

LT, On Your TV and Radio Dials This Weekend

No rest for the narcissistic! Not content with the Internet, we’re also on the airwaves this weekend, aiming for Paris Hilton levels of overexposure. To wit:

Arkansas Week, 8:30 p.m. Friday, AETN – Catch myself, host Steve Barnes and Hoyt Purvis of the University of Arkansas as we tag-n-bag the week in business and politics. Tonight’s topics: Economic recovery, a Democratic challenger for Blanche Lincoln and Ted Kennedy’s Arkansas ties.

Arkansas Sunday Edition, 7 a.m., 103.7 The BuzzDavid Kinkade and I are bringing up the rear in the 8 a.m. hour, filling time for host Blake Rutherford, who’ll be spent after talking Razorbacks with super-fan James Roberts and politics with Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

Tune in if you can take it!

Dustin McDaniel, Neal Gladner Broadcast in the Twittersphere

It’s time once again to sample some of the newest Arkansas Twitterers. And be sure to check out (in)complete (un)official Guide to the Arkansas Twittersphere here!

Cat’s been outta the bag on the first two. But, for the record:

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDanielRiding camels and now this.

Neal Gladner* – The former KARN GM is now Twittering and — bonus points! — blogging at NealsNotes. Welcome to the party, Neal.

Michael Baxley – A local photographer (who contributes some great photos to some of our Arkansas Business publications) whose work you can see here.

The UAM Voice – The UA-Monticello student newspaper tweets updates, asks for student feedback, here.

The Capital Hotel – They’re all here! Ashley’s restaurant, The Capital Bar & Grill and the hotel itself. You guys trying to make me hungry?

Arkansas Internet Radio – Kicking out the jams right here.

(* URL corrected to http://twitter.com/NealGladner)

Twittersphere Update: Hankins Unlocks & More Climb Aboard

@JeffHankins

@JeffHankins

Arkansas Business President and Publisher Jeff Hankins, perhaps noting the @ArkBusiness account’s 500th follower, has unlocked his personal Twitter account and wholeheartedly embraced the fledgling free messaging service that has mainstream media buzzing.

Why all the buzz? Perhaps it’s the service’s rapid growth. Perhaps it’s the new ways people can share information with it. Perhaps it’s because the MSM would rather talk about another pie-in-the-sky Internet distraction with no discernable business model instead of what’s going on their own industry: utter collapse!

Whatever the reason, there’s no better diversion right now than Facebook Twitter, which may or may not be The Best Thing in the World. And many Arkansans are still getting in on it. Herewith, our latest look at the Arkansas Twittersphere:

Arkansas News Bureau – More news! Zack Stovall, I assume we have you to thank for this.

Pat Lynch – Arkansas radio icon and DG columnist. Wonder if Pat Lynch follows @David_Lynch? He should.

Gabe Holmstrom – The spokesman for Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. Look out, he’ll @ ya!

UA’s Lemke Department of Journalism – Because clearly Twitter is the future of journalism.

ASU Jonesboro – Yes, smartasses, they have the Internet in northeast Arkansas. I went to college there, and I’m an Internet editor!

Stacy Sells – Senior VP of strategic planning at CJRW, the state’s biggest ad agency. Updates protected, so be nice!

Arkansas Riverfest – If you’re on Tweetie, you’ll know exactly where to get all your beer tickets Memorial Day Weekend.

Hot Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau – Sure. Why not?

Eric Edelstein, general manager of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals – And you can follow the team itself here.

Denver Peacock – Think there was a memo about Twittering at CJRW?

40/29 News in Rogers/Fort Smith – More news!

And catch more Arkansas Twitters on our complete guide to Twitter in Arkansas.

More

Bah! Humbug! Twitter – Think Tank

Tweet Smell of Success: Twitter and Small Business – Slate

Hurricane Ike Leads to Declaration of Emergency in Arkansas

Ike, via Flash Earth

Ike, via Flash Earth

The wide-ranging effects of Hurricane Ike are already being in felt in Arkansas, where Gov. Beebe has had to declared a state of emergency, as gasoline supplies to Arkansas are temporarily cut off. Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel also warn against price gouging:

Some pipelines that route gasoline to fuel wholesalers and gas stations in Arkansas have been shut down until Ike is no longer a threat to the Gulf Coast, according to a news release from the governor’s office. As a result, some temporary increases in gas prices are expected during the next few days.

However, Attorney General McDaniel has vowed to go after anyone who tries to profit illicitly from the situation through price gouging. Beebe fully supports McDaniel’s efforts, and made the declaration to help the attorney general’s office pursue anyone who participates in gouging of any sort.

“We have dealt with emergencies before when severe weather has impacted fuel prices in Arkansas and throughout the region,” Beebe said. “This situation is unique with the interruption of pipeline service, and we want to do everything we can to make sure that any price gouging that results can be dealt with swiftly and strongly by the attorney general.”

More here.

Meanwhile, believe it or not, oil prices are down. Today, oil fell below the $100 per barrel mark for first time in five months. This, as Ike as the market fears for the welfare of those Texas refineries.

Everyone hang on. It’s going to be a long weekend.

(Image via Flash Earth)

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Webcam of Galveston, Texas. (Thanks Doug!)