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.

Hankins, Keith and Fahr on ‘Arkansas Week’

Arkansas' news week-in-review

Arkansas' news week-in-review

Tonight, Arkansas Business President and Publisher Jeff Hankins, Rick Fahr of the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway and David Keith of the University of Central Arkansas join Steve Barnes on AETN’s “Arkansas Week” to review The Week That Was.

Judging by tonight’s show synopsis, Barnes takes the high road on the “tea party” jokes, where others in our profession decidedly did not:

(Lottery) The men and women who’ll oversee state-sponsored gambling. (TEA) Lipton or Luzianne, or Earl Grey? (Cuba, si?) Are Arkansas exporters inching closer to a new nearby market? (Cuba libre?) And are Arkansas imbibers getting an extra day to belly up?

Listen to audio of tonight’s program right now here, and watch video here.

Gwen Moritz on ‘Arkansas Week’: the Severance Tax

Our Arkansas Business Editor Gwen Moritz (RSS) was back on AETN’s “Arkansas Week” this week to talk about the state severance tax. Host Steve Barnes moderated a discussion among Gwen, Jay Barth and Rick Fahr of the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway.

You can watch the show, which aired Friday, on Applie iTunes. There, you can subscribe to the video podcast, and have each show delivered to your iPod every week.

Of course, this was a big week for the severance tax, after Gov. Mike Beebe reached a tentative deal with some of the natural gas companies working in Arkansas to raise the tax to 5 percent. The deal contains others incentives, and between Beebe’s proposal and one by Sheffield Nelson for a 7 percent tax, it was obviously the more attractive one for the gas companies.

After the jump, links to‘s severance tax coverage. But first, here’s some of the latest discussion on the tax, including an amusing little dust-up between Nelson and the current chairman of the GOP in Arkansas, Dennis Milligan:

GOP Splits on Tax for Gas

Anti-severance taxer David Sanders thinks Mike Beebe was “arrogant” in his dealings with the gas companies

John Brummett on the pros and cons of the severance tax
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