From Bad to Worse for Martha Shoffner & More on ‘Arkansas Week’ Tonight

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With Steve Barnes out, they let me host another edition of AETN‘s “Arkansas Week,” which you check out at 8 p.m. tonight or later this afternoon at this link. Once again, a big thanks to Steve and the “Arkansas Week” crew for allowing me to fill in. And thanks today’s panelists — Michael Hibblen, Hoyt Purvis and Rick Fahr — for another great show.

On the docket tonight: Martha Shoffner’s baffling May 31 court appearance, which cleared the way to Wednesday’s 14-count indictment; state finances and unemployment; Gov. Mike Beebe’s dip into the rainy day fund to help college students; slumping lottery sales; Tom Cotton’s latest moves in Washington D.C.; and update from Mayflower, where we might be close to getting some answers about that oil spill.

Video: The Saturday Week in Review and ‘Arkansas Week’ on AETN

It’s time to take another look at the week that was in Arkansas Business. First, above, our weekly “Arkansas Business Week in Review,” which airs Saturday mornings on THV 11 News. We look back on a week chock full of Arkansas public company earnings and other developments.

Meanwhile, AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” we talk about the farm bill in Washington D.C., new developments in the Arkansas governor’s race, earnings season and the abortion law in court. You can watch the full episode — which features me, Rick Fahr, David Keith and host Steve Barnes – right here

Here’s Me, Guest-Hosting ‘Arkansas Week’

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Ok. So this is weird.

I can’t thank Steve Barnes and the “Arkansas Week” crew enough for asking me to guest-host this week’s show, which you can catch at 8 p.m. tonight on your local AETN station. (If you just can’t wait, you can watch it now right here.)

On this week’s episode, we talk about the remaining ballot proposals Arkansans could face in November, the all-important Farm Bill working its way through Congress, Mike Ross’ health care repeal vote, and the latest developments in our 1st and 4th district congressional races. Rick Fahr, Ernie Dumas and Hoyt Purvis weigh in.

That half-hour really flies by! And don’t worry; Steve’s back next week.

The Holiday Economy, UCA & the Budget Bill on ‘Arkansas Week’

Me, left, on Arkansas Week

Me, left, on Arkansas Week.

I’m back on “Arkansas Week” at 8 p.m. tonight on your local AETN station. Can’t wait to talk about economic indicators on the upswing? Ready to ruminate on the continuing UCA saga? Fired up about the federal budget? Well, you can watch tonight’s episode right this very second online. Tonight’s panelists: Rick Fahr of the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway and Michael Hibblen of KUAR-FM, 89.1.

Arkansas Week: UCA, Arkansas’ Health Care Exchange, Legislative Reimbursements, Presidential Politics & More

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Hoo-boy we covered some ground on “Arkansas Week” tonight. You can tune in at 8 p.m. on your local AETN station or watch it online here or embedded below right now.

On the show: me, KUAR-FM, 89.1, News Director Ron Breeding and Log Cabin Democrat Publisher Rick Fahr.

We talk about what might be next in the continuing saga of the University of Central Arkansas, where federal investigators might very well be lurking; the implications of a lawsuit by the Arkansas Public Law Center against to state legislators over expense reimbursements; how no one in state government — except Jay Bradford — seems keen on setting up a health care exchange; the Arkansas housing market and the broader economy; the state of the Democrats in Arkansas; and the GOP field for the presidential nomination, which might once again be adding to the ranks. Whew!

All that, plus plenty of laffs! Tonight on AETN.

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Beebe's Budget, Holt Seeks Senate Seat on Tonight's 'Arkansas Week'

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We’re back! Tonight on AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” host Steve Barnes peppers panelists Rick Fahr of The Log Cabin Democrat, Hoyt Purvis of the University of Arkansas and me about Gov. Mike Beebe’s budget schemes, yet another Republican seeking the nomination to face Blanche Lincoln for her U.S. Senate seat, the pickle that members of the Blue Ribbon commission on funding for Arkansas highways is in, and grade inflation in Arkansas schools.

Check us out tonight at 8 p.m. on your local AETN affiliate — or, you can watch the whole thing right now on your Internet computer thing!

It's the Jeff Hankins Show Tonight on 'Arkansas Week'

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Arkansas Business Publisher Jeff Hankins is filling for Steve Barnes tonight as host of AETN’s “Arkansas Week.” This week’s guest: Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times, Rick Fahr of The Log Cabin Democrat and David Keith of the University of Central Arkansas‘ Journalism Department.

There’s should be lots to talk about this week, including this morning’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette report that Arkansas State Police are going to assist in a prosecutor’s review of the university’s finances. On Jeff’s official agenda: the latest on Arkansas lottery plans, state highway funds from the Feds and natural gas proceeds, tobacco settlement spending, and a possible Sarah Palin/Mike Huckabee showdown.

Watch the show tonight at 8 on your local AETN affiliate or click the links above to listen to audio or watch video once AETN posts to its RSS feed.

Meanwhile: Hankins is hosting! And he’s not letting any of this go to his head. Except for a diva-worthy rider he left with “Arkansas Week”‘s backstage staff this week. After the jump, see what Hankins is requiring of his AW dressing room before showtime.

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The Swepco Plant, the Economy, Lu Hardin and the Lottery on 'Arkansas Week'



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Tonight’s “Arkansas Week” on AETN features me, David Sanders of Stephens Media and Rick Fahr of the Log Cabin Democrat, along with host Steve Barnes. On the docket tonight: Swepco’s plan to appeal a ruling that revoked the company’s permit to build a $1.6 billion coal-fueled power plant near Fulton in Hempstead County; former University of Central Arkansas President Lu Hardin’s new job at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida; today’s national unemployment numbers; and Powerball (!) and the Arkansas lottery.

Check the show — which we taped on Thursday — at 8 p.m. tonight.

Wal-Mart's Annual Meeting, the Lottery Director, Unemployment & More on 'Arkansas Week'



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It’s been one thing after another, but this week I was finally able to record another appearance on AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” which you can catch at 8 p.m. tonight on your local Arkansas PBS station.

Host Steve Barnes, Rick Fahr of the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway and myself talk about today’s U.S. unemployment numbers, the economy, state tax collections for May, a challenger for U.S. Sen. Vic Snyder, Wal-Mart’s star-studded annual meeting today in Fayetteville, the city of Clinton suing Pilgrim’s Pride and the shooting of two Arkansas soldiers outside a west Little Rock military recruiting station.

That’s to say nothing of the search for an Arkansas lottery director, which — after we taped the show — came to fruition with the selection of Ernie Passailaigue of South Carolina as the state’s scratch-off czar.

It’s a full docket covering The Week That Was.