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As of the census of 2000, there were 9,764 people, 3,601 households, and 2,823 families residing in the city. The population density was 415.6/km² (1,076.4/mi²). There were 3,762 housing units at an average density of 160.1/km² (414.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.87% White, 1.53% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 3,601 households out of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.03. -- Source:

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Cabot Arkansas United States
Population 15,261 2,673,400 281,421,906
Median age 32.3 36 35.3
Median age for Male 31.1 34.6 34
Median age for Female 33.4 37.4 36.5
Households 5,432 1,042,696 105,480,101
Household population 15,077 2,599,492 273,643,273
Average household size 2.78 2.49 2.59
Families 4,327 732,261 71,787,347
Average family size 3.14 2.99 3.14
Housing units 5,712 1,173,043 115,904,641
Occupied units 5,432 1,042,696 105,480,101
Vacant units 280 130,347 10,424,540

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Sinclair/Allbritton Deal Nearly Complete

The sale of Allbritton stations to Sinclair Broadcasting could be final by the end June.  TV Spy reports with the recent deal for Sinclair to surrender the licenses of  ABC affiliates in Charleston, SC, and Birmingham, AL, because of the FCC’s recent restrictions on joint sales agreements will make the purchase of the Allbritton properties complete by either the end of June or July.  

It has been nearly a year since the potential sale of the Allbritton properties were first announced on July 29, 2013.  The deal will include KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock.

KATV Reporter Becomes Sales Account Exec

KATV reporter Justin Lewis is moving to the advertising department at the station.  Lewis made the announcement on his facebook page:

ArkLaTex Chief Met Signing Off

This from the tip jar:

 Today will be Stephen Parr's last weathercast at KSLA, Shreveport.  He is starting a political talk radio show with  someone else and doing marketing in LA-TEX marketing.

KSLA named Parr's replacement a couple of weeks ago.  Jeff Castle comes to the ArkLaTex from Huntsville, Alabama where he was the morning met at Raycom's WAFF.

Little Rock Station hires New Reporter

KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock has hired a new reporter.  TV Spy reports Astrid Solorzano has been hired by the Little Rock station. 

 Soloraznao begins work Monday. She comes to Little Rock from the Annenberg TV News where she was an anchor/reporter/producer. 

Shreveport Station Hires New Chief Met

TV Spy reports KSLA/Channel 12 Shreveport has hired a new chief meteorologist.  Jeff Castle comes to the ArkLaTex from Huntsville, Alabama where he was the morning met at Raycom's WAFF. 

As reported here first in January Steve Parr is leaving the station. Parr has been with KSLA since 2012.

Next Stop FCC for Sinclair/Allbritton Deal

Sinclair is this/close to finalizing the deal to purchase Allbritton's TV stations.  It has nearly been a year since the pending deal was announced.  An article in the Wall Street Journal states Sinclair has agreed to settle a lawsuit from the Justice Department requiring it to divest one of the seven stations it has agreed to purchase.  The deal paves the way for approval from the FCC.  On July 29, 2013 Sinclair announced its intent to purchase:

  • WJLA: Washington, DC
  • WBMA/WCFT/WJSU: Birmingham, Ala.
  • WHTM: Harrisburg, Pa.
  • KATV: Little Rock, Ark.
  • KTUL: Tulsa, Okla.
  • WSET: Roanoke, Va.
  • WCIV: Charleston, S.C. 

Northwest Arkansas Sports Anchor/Reporter Leaving

KHBS/KHOG/40/29 sports anchor/reporter Joshuah Taylor is leaving northwest Arkansas.  Taylor made the announcement on his facebook page:

KARK Hires New Anchor/Reporter

KARK has hired a new anchor/reporter.  Shannon Miller with Nexstar's KOLR/Springfield, MO posted on her facebook page is leaving and moving to Little Rock.  In Springfield Miller was the morning and mid-day co-anchor.   From what her bio on KOLR's website she apparently has worked in northwest Arkansas at one doesn't mention what station she worked for.  A start date at KARK is not known...or what newscast she will be anchoring. 

Should KATV Start Looking for a New Home?

Well it seems KATV might not only be getting new owners but also looking for a new home.  Arkansas reports the Litte Rock Tech board has recommended a parcel of properties in downtown for the new tech park that includes the KATV building.  Of course this is just the beginning of the process.  Now they will be assessing and getting costs together for what the all properties are worth and how much money is needed to acquire the properties.

Sinclair Launches Sports Network

The soon new owner of KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has announcedit has launched a sports network.  Sinclair Broadcast Group says it will launch The American Sports Network just in time for the college football season.  Below is part of the news release:

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.announced today that it has launched the American Sports Network ("ASN"), a collegiate sports initiative to be broadcast on a number of Sinclair's broadcast television stations, and has entered into comprehensive sports rights agreements with a number of distinguished NCAA Division I conferences including Conference USA, the Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference, and Patriot League.  The initiative will be led by Doron Gorshein, Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair Networks, a division of Sinclair, who joined the Company in January 2014.  The announcement was made by David Smith, President and CEO of Sinclair. 
Under these agreements, Sinclair will premiere an extensive slate of live, local sporting events, including football, basketball, soccer, and other sports with the opening of this year's college football season.  The initial launch will include over 50 universities and colleges.  These local, live, exclusive games will be broadcast in different regions of the country, including where the conferences are located.  Sinclair's broadcast stations will either be carrying the games and original content as part of the primary program line-up (generally on the Company's CW and MyNet affiliates) or as part of second channels (sub-channels of the primary station's signal), complimented by access and distribution on digital platforms.  Subject, among other things, to successfully securing carriage agreements with distributors in the future, the Company's plans may include potential development of new cable networks and digital platforms focused on these new content initiatives.  In addition, other television broadcasters have expressed an interest in distributing the games in their markets.  Additional content and distribution elements will include programming that showcases the colleges, students, and student-athletes, focusing on their aspirations and achievements.

"Broadcasters serve and are closely connected to their communities, of which the colleges and universities are an integral part," commented Sinclair Networks COO, Doron Gorshein.  "We believe there is significant value and consumer appeal for live sporting events from these important institutions, and we can offer expanded distribution through our broadcast platforms, as well as on potential new platforms, deepening our connection to our communities.  We're proud to be working with the Conferences on this initiative, which combines compelling local sports and related content, with enhanced localism, diversity, and positive social purpose."

A Run From The Border

Another Presidential "first." Harry Reid "loves" the kids. And: leave the money, take the baby. Presented in 1080 hi-def, FOR FREE! It’s The Great Eight, from the Personal Liberty Digest!

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Second Judge Puts IRS On The Clock To Explain Lois Lerner’s ‘Lost’ Emails Under Oath

Another Federal judge – the second in as many days – has ordered the IRS to explain how a trove of Lois Lerner’s emails was lost to an alleged hard drive crash. But instead of giving the agency 30 days to come up with the info, as a judge in a separate case did yesterday, […]

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Bloomberg Gives Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s GOP Opponent An Unintended Gift

Sometimes they make it easy. Michael Bloomberg gave 2nd Amendment advocates, as well as Coloradans of every ideological persuasion, plenty to get cranky about when his uninformed and condescending remarks about the State were printed in a Rolling Stone interview the magazine erroneously posted a few days too early to its website (cached version here). […]

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About Half Of Kids’ Learning Ability Is In Their DNA, Study Says

(MCT) — You may think you’re better at reading than you are at math (or vice versa), but new research suggests you’re probably equally good (or bad) at both. The reason: The genes that determine a person’s ability to tackle one subject influence their aptitude at the other, accounting for about half of a person’s […]

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CDC Outlines 5 Incidents In Which Deadly Pathogens Were Mishandled

(MCT) — Dangerous germs, including anthrax, botulism and a strain of bird flu, were improperly sent among government laboratories in five incidents during the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said it had closed two labs and had imposed a moratorium on shipping deadly pathogens. The announcement of the […]

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Mystery Loan Lets Ex-Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., Wife Keep Both Their Homes

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A year ago, former Representative Jesse Jackson Jr.’s attorneys said his family was in “significant financial peril” as he and his wife, Sandi, awaited sentencing for looting $750,000 from his campaign coffers. Jackson had to come up with that amount to pay a court judgment. Prosecutors wanted to seize the equity in […]

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Kerry Tries To Calm Afghan Presidential Candidates

KABUL, Afghanistan (MCT) — Secretary of State John F. Kerry held urgent meetings Friday with both presidential candidates in Afghanistan in a bid to resolve a messy election dispute that threatens to unravel years of U.S. efforts to build a fledgling democracy. Kerry met separately with Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul in a […]

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Venezuela Opposition Leaders Call For U.S. Sanctions Amid Simmering Political, Economic Crises

BOGOTA, Colombia (MCT) — The United States has a moral “obligation” to impose sanctions against Venezuelan leaders accused of violating human rights and other crimes, opposition figures said Friday. During a forum in Doral, Fla., about the future of the South American nation hosted by El Nuevo Herald and the Association of Venezuelan Journalists Abroad, […]

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Tom Cotton 'flailing,' conservative publication writes

Daniel Larison, writing in the American Conservative, adds to the voices unimpressed by Republican Tom Cotton's campaign. At least he didn't say "bless his heart" or call him a "cold fish," as the recent U.S. News article did.

But Larison, after quoting the U.S. News piece, goes on:

I can’t say I’m sorry to see that Cotton is having trouble in this campaign. The last thing that the Senate–or Arkansas–needs is yet another super-hawk preoccupied with finding new conflicts for the U.S. to fight, so if he ends up losing to Pryor that won’t be such a bad thing. Cotton’s struggles make it a little less likely that Republicans will take control of the Senate, which is all the more remarkable since he was widely touted as the best candidate recruited for this cycle. Regardless of his policy views, his political woes are a useful reminder that candidates that appear formidable “on paper” can very often prove to be a poor fit when it comes to winning over voters. As Pawlenty learned to his embarrassment in 2011, it is not remotely sufficient just to say what one thinks Washington policy elites and pundits want to hear while neglecting to address the voters’ concerns.

Larison joins others who thinks Cotton put a nickel in the Obama slot and figured that was all it took to win a jackpot.

Because Obama’s ratings are so poor in Arkansas, he may have assumed that all that he had to do to beat Pryor was to link him to the president and the rest would sort itself out. However, instead of easily toppling Pryor, whom most observers once thought to be the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent, Cotton is flailing mostly thanks to his own political ineptitude. There is still a long time before November and Cotton could still win in spite of himself, but unless something changes he is at real risk of blowing one of the GOP’s best chances for picking up a Senate seat in this election.

Here's the thing. Running against Washington is popular here and everywhere. But the gifts that Washington bestows are NOT unpopular. Nor do Republican echo chamber presumptions always hold true with all voters.

Tom Cotton voted against the farm bill.

Tom Cotton voted against student loans.

Tom Cotton would privatize Medicare and wreck Medicaid.

Tom Cotton would privatize Social Security.

Tom Cotton doesn't like voting for federal disaster aid.

(Cotton's repeated votes against disaster aid — amid a few ayes he couldn't avoid — include some straight-up-or-down votes, despite what his apologists claim. He also has opposed disaster aid payments unless they were accompanied by offsetting cuts in other budget services. His positions are  so untenable — not to mention heartless — that even Arkansas Republicans Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford (name glitch in original post), Steve Womack and John Boozman wouldn't go along.)

Tom Cotton voted against paycheck fairness for women.

Tom Cotton voted against the violence against women act.

Tom Cotton doesn't want women to have health insurance coverage for birth control pills if their employers don't want to cover them.

Tom Cotton wants to extend "personhood" to zygotes. His view on the issue could mean the end the morning-after pill for rape victims and cripple in vitro fertilization programs.

Tom Cotton would intervene militarily just about anywhere.

He IS principled, make no mistake. He seems to come by his beliefs honestly, not simply because the greedy billionaires of the Club for Growth bankroll him. But he's strange. Extreme for Arkansas, which retains a strong dose of populism on account of history and continuing poverty.

If Steve Womack had been the Senate candidate this year, Mark Pryor might as well have gone to the house. Happily for Pryor, a candidate even conservatives have a hard time warming to (save the permanent Beltway insiders schooling Cotton on running against Washington) is in his place.

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Saturday open line — flights (at LR airport) and fights (at Chili's)

The Saturday night line is open.

* TRAFFIC DOWN AT CLINTON NATIONAL AIRPORT: Need some reading? I find the monthly agenda of the Little Rock Airport Commission interesting. It includes details on construction projects (a new restroom, for example); leasing activity (the Truman Arnold aviation company is apparently going to take over the Supermarine fixed base operation, which includes hangars for the Stephens airplanes); airport director Ron Mathieu's expense reports and travel plans (aconference in Muniich and an air show in England are on the immediate calendar), and the important traffic volume.

The news is that airport traffic continues its historic decline. Passenger count in June was down 4 percent from the same month a year ago; to date, traffic is down 6 percent for the year. Southwest Airlines, once the major carrier, is down 16 percent and that figure could go further as it realigns its flights, making more use of bigger airports and less of Little Rock. Delta and American are nearing Southwest in Little Rock market share.

* CHILI'S DINNER TURNS UGLY: Police were called to a fight that broke out in the Chili's on Rodney Parham last night. As luck would have it, Assistant Little Rock Police Chief Hayward Finks was an available witness because he was having a family dinner out himself. It seems hair-pulling of a diner set off a scuffle. No arrests. And no explanation for why the hair-pulling happened.


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Bank robbery reported on Cantrell Road

This just in from LRPD;

Bank robbery at 7401 Cantrell. Incident occurred around 1130 a.m. Suspect is a black male that entered the bank and displayed a weapon. The tellers complied with his demands and the suspect fled the area on foot. A better physical description will be given later.

UPDATE from Lt. Sidney Allen:

BM suspect is in custody. He was taken into custody on Indian Trails after a lengthy foot pursut. He complained of chest pains and was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.

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Civil Service Commissioner Morgan says Little Rock IS among his homes

Update on the residency question raised about Brett Morgan, who was in the 4-1 majority this week on overturning recommended disciplinary action against Police Lt. David Hudson in the beating of a bar customer in 2011.

His e-mail:

Max sorry I missed u yesterday! My father has had some serious health issues and I was in the emergency clinic most of the afternoon yesterday and not able to talk, to answer your question yes I'm a resident in the city of LR, I work in the city, I vote in the city and no doubt spend the High majority of my time in the city! I was born and raised in LR as well as attended college at UALR! I have 4 different dwellings that I spend time! Arkansas county, Garland county, Lonoke County and my duclair location!

I"ve asked some followup questions and will provide any answers I receive. To update: The Duclair home is listed on property tax records as owned by his parents and Brett Morgan is listed as owner of a Scott home where his regular presence was noted to me by a neighbor yesterday. The business address he lists as a Little Rock address on city paperwork now is for a car dealership at which he no longer works.

I'm still awaiting a response from the city manager's office of its review of the issue.


Morgan responded to several questions about his primary homestead in this fashion:

Hard to say how much time I spend at any one of the four this varies depending on work requirements, hunting seasons, summer gardening or crappie fishing in the spring!

According to the Pulaski County assessor's records, Brett Morgan claims the home at Scott as a homestead for taxing purposes, and is listed as qualifying for the $350 annual homestead tax credit. The Duclair home is claimed as a homestead for Joe A. and Judy C. Morgan. It is also listed as being owned by someone over 65, which entitles the owner to cap on a property's assessed value. Real estate records show that the most recent mortgages on each home are in the name of listed property owner — Joe Morgan in Chenal and Brett Morgan in Scott.

I asked whether the Duclair house was the primary residence of Brett Morgan's parents. He responded:

When they are in LR it is! However my parents spend almost equal time in Pinehurst NC as they do n LR! I might add that my parents and I equally own EVERY property location I referred to other than my garland county property of which I have another partner! 

I asked, too, about his listing of 1500 Shackleford as his business address on city papers, though he no longer works there. Response:

Not sure why the 1500 shackleford address would b there but it was my business for many years!


I thanked Morgan for his willingness (autocorrect did a number on this word in original post, made it "silliness") to comment and asked if it was correct to conclude he was confident of his legal eligibility to serve. I also asked him for comment on the Hudson case, specifically his thoughts on whether Hudson's continued blows on a restaurant customer were necessary to effect an arrest.

He said he would have no further comment.

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Filling hole in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette City Hall coverage

A sentence in today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

City Manager Bruce Moore said that the residency of one of the Civil Service Commission's seven members, Brett Morgan, came into question Friday, a day after he was one of four votes to overturn the month-long suspension of Little Rock police Lt. David Hudson, who was punished for using excessive force in an October 2011 arrest.

The active voice, adding an omitted fact, would have been a classier way to explain how this story came to pass. For example:

The Arkansas Times raised the question of Brett Morgan's residency Friday in its on-line Arkansas Blog, after a search of city and county records.

Here's our original report on the residency question.  It followed our look at how the voting went on the Civil Service Commission action, a roll call missing from the coverage by Spencer Willems in the Democrat-Gazette report on the commission vote. How Jack's House was built: Naming Morgan as a participant produced the telephone tip that led to the records search that led to our story that led to the D-G followup account today.

I was interested, too, to see in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette — on its front page — a report on a preservationist's concern about tearing down the historic bank building at Fourth and Main, now occupied by KATV, for the Little Rock Tech ParkBlog reader Joanimal first sounded the alarm on that proposal in comments on the blog Thursday morning. Her concern was incorporated in a post here about a long list of questions — most about money — facing developers of the park.

Devoted Arkansas Blog critic Jtsims— in comments last night on the residency item — said that what I (and a doughty handful of fellow blind hogs) do at the Arkansas Blog every day is not journalism. Perhaps not. Nonetheless, we, with the help of readers, turn up an acorn now and then.

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Union to picket City Hall in Forrest City

I'm shy of details — and the vigorous Forrest City Times Herald  requires on-line subscriptions for its ongoing coverage of the issue — but the formation of a public employees union local in city government in Forrest City has led to a labor dispute.

The AFSCME local was formed last year. On July 1, the workers proposed a grievance procedure to the City Council. It failed on a 4-4 vote, according to my source. The workers see Alderman Roger Breeding as a leader of opposition to adoption of the procedure.

A spokesman for AFSCME had originally sent a message saying the group today would picket a furniture store where Breeding is a manager, but a message today said the informational picket would be at City Hall, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

I note a summary of a recent news article in the Times-Herald reports a 9.1 percent unemployment rate in St. Francis County.

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Tests on Exxon pipeline flawed, expert says

Inside Climate News, the prize-winning news outlet that we partnered with on reporting on the ExxonMobil pipeline break at Mayflower, has new reporting today based on FOI-produced documents that raise questions about the adequacy of testing aimed at assuring the safety of restarting the northern portion of the line.

ExxonMobil could restart the northern leg of its Pegasus oil pipeline within a year, but the company's pre-startup tests could leave behind threats large enough to endanger the public, according to a review of Exxon's proposal.

Those details and others are laid out in Exxon's repair plan for the Pegasus northern segment, a document that was submitted to federal pipeline regulators at the end of March. The so-called "integrity verification and remedial work plan" was not publicly released, but InsideClimate News obtained a copy through a public records request.

Exxon plans to conduct stress tests on the pipeline to prove that it can be safely restarted. But the company also said if high-pressure tests trigger a significant number of pipeline failures, it might lower the pressures—a downgrade that could leave dangerous cracks in the pipe. The Pegasus split apart in Mayflower, Ark. in March 2013, and sent a flood of Canadian diluted bitumen into a neighborhood.

A pipeline safety expert says Exxon's testing approach is flawed, though he favors hydrotesting. He said some portions of the line could be tested below adequate pressures. Another unnamed expert shared those concerns, but said he lacked sufficient information to make a fully informed opinion about the sufficiency of testing.

A federal agency is currently reviewing the testing plan. If regulators are satisfied, they could approve a restart of the line before completion of year-long analysis of all tests.

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