The line is open. A few other things:
* ASA! REPORTS HIS MONEY
: Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson
reported raising $445,000 in the lat quarter of 2013 and $1.3 million in the bank for his coming campaigns. Wednesday is the filing deadline, but he's already certain to lag behind Democratic candidate Mike Ross
. In October, he reported raising more than $3 million in his first six months in the race and $2.4 million on hand. He's continued to raise money and has also begun advertising along with other expenditures.
* THAT'S OUR GUY
: A tip of the hat to Times
columnist Jay Barth
. The Hendrix politics professorreceived the Diane Blair Award from the Southern Political Science Association this week. It goes to a political scientist who has played an outstanding role in politics or government.
* VICTIM IDENTIFIED: Jan Lowe
, 48, has been identified as the woman whose body was found after a fire was extinguished earlier this week in a fire in an apartment at 3421 Fair Park Boulevard. The death has been ruled a homicide, but police haven't released details about the cause and have no suspect. That death, and the recent shooting of a Hanger Hill resident when he answered knock at his front door, were highlighted at a news conference today by Arkansas Stop the Violence. The group, which targets violence in the inner city, urged people with information to come forward to help police.
* ANOTHER AIRPORT GUN:
Little Rock police today arrested Pamela Stamp, 30, for carrying a weapon, a misdemeanor, after TSA officers found a pistol while X-raying her purse at the security checkpoint at Clinton National Airport. She readily mentioned the purse after a officer saw a suspicious shape on the x-ray, according to an account in the Democrt-Gazette.