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Ready for reform?
Stop the presses! One house of the Arkansas legislature passed a bill this week to raise the standard of ethical conduct by lawmakers.
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A good start on grocery tax
Gov. Beebe and leaders of the House of Representative struck a deal this week that will ensure a reduction in the state sales tax on groceries from 3 to 6 percent and thousands of low-income workers will get a modicum of income-tax relief as well.
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Can't kill off payday loans
Never have lamentations about the plight of the poor been so loud at the state Capitol, and we predict that never will so much harm be done in their name. [FULL TEXT]

No more privacy
Generations of college freshmen had to read Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World,” where over time the government had assembled the wherewithal to know everything about everybody. [FULL TEXT]

Go slow on tax breaks
At some point last year, the poor became fashionable again. It could have been when Mike Beebe, the Democratic candidate for governor, said he was going to give poor people a tax break on their groceries.
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Disabled vet celebrates successors
Butch Davis sat at a round table near the corner where the Singing Sergeants entertained in the big gym on Little Rock Air Force Base, which was honoring its top personnel at the annual awards banquet Saturday night. [FULL TEXT]

Candidates are plentiful for 2008 run
“Candidates Outnumber Voters in ‘08.” [FULL TEXT]

Charge Atilla the Huck for his vandalism
The national media will one day catch up with Mike Huckabee’s vandalism during his last days in office, when the former governor ordered underlings to smash computer hard drives costing Arkansas taxpayers thousands of dollars. [FULL TEXT]

Finding out more about state firings
Gov. Mike Beebe promises he’ll run an open administration, unlike his predecessor, the secretive Mike Huckabee, who used to walk out with the office furniture when no one was looking.
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Favorite jazz, blues from ’06
While talking to Lonoke County Justice of the Peace Larry Odom, who could pass for drummer Levon Helm’s brother, I remembered I still hadn’t listed my favorite CDs and DVDs of 2006:
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Time of year bringing out best in folks
Marti Frederick of Cabot returned home around 7 o’clock Christmas night from family gatherings in Little Rock.
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Man loses long fight to cancer
Andrew Parker, who had fought a brain tumor much of his life, wanted to see his sister and her family in Atlanta one last time over the Thanksgiving weekend.
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What little girl wanted for holiday
When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they’d put an ad in the paper at Christmastime, saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place.
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Rape victim in Lonoke recalls her nightmare
One of Joe Rounsaville’s three rape victims was crying as she recalled her attacker menacing her in her home in Lonoke.
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Next stage in Iraq still uncertain
More than 30 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq during the first week of December while politicians in Washington debated the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group on how to extricate ourselves from a war that will soon enter its fifth year
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It's cold, but Africa is too hot just now
The cold weather blew in from the southwest, but we escaped an ice storm, which is not uncommon around here in early December.
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Robert Junior Lockwood, RIP
Robert Junior Lockwood, the last of the great Arkansas Delta bluesmen, died this week in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 91 after suffering a stroke earlier this month.
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General who served here runs mobile war center
A group of airmen inside a metal building near the flightline at Little Rock Air Force Base were talking shop while they stood near several covered pallets of cargo last week, when Gen. Scott Gray, commander of Air Mobility Warfare Center at Fort Dix, N.J., walked in.
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Vote count disaster for Bush, GOP
Few Republicans expected this year’s mid-term elections would go their way, but Tuesday’s results are worse than any of the polls had predicted.
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Eyewitness to uprising in Hungary
I'm going to write this week about an eyewitness to the Hungarian revolution–me.
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First school since 1970s a possibility
Attorney Gen. Mike Beebe wants to build the first new school in Jacksonville in 30 years, and he thinks he can fund it with the state's surplus, although that's vanishing about as fast as last decade's federal surplusd
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Honoring heroes in a time of terrorism
Sgt. Synnora Guinn of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department was decked out in her Scottish regalia and played "Amazing Grace" on her bag pipes at the ceremony Monday honoring America's heroes.
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Bad guys will get hands on nukes soon
While talking to Israel's consul general not long before the fifth anniversary of 9/11, I realized that in his country, they commemorate such anniversaries just about every week.
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Feb. 07 , 2007

Former Lonoke Police Chief Jay Campbell exchanges words with his wife Kelly during a hearing in Lonoke Tuesday before their upcoming corruption trial.

Testimony raises doubts
IN SHORT: An Oklahoma investigator, charging bias and voicing concerns, stirs the pot at a pretrial hearing Tuesday in Cabot for the former Lonoke police chief. [FULL TEXT]

As Air Force cuts staff, it spends more
IN SHORT: According to a top Pentagon official who spoke Tuesday at Little Rock Air Force Base, the military is reshaping its strategy as it reduces personnel to pay for new aircraft as well as equipment, while it readies an expeditionary force that can respond quickly anywhere in the world. [FULL TEXT]

Annual LRAFB banquet honors best of the best
IN SHORT: Tammy Hill of Bryant and sons Tyler, 10, and Aaron, 6, accepted the award for First Sergeant of the Year on behalf of her deployed husband, Senior MSgt. Darren Hill, during Saturday night’s Little Rock Air Force Base’s annual awards banquet dubbed “2006: Airpower Arkansas.” [FULL TEXT]

Glover sees win for grocery tax cut
IN SHORT: Governor and House speaker come to terms on revenue issues, which will include additional earned income-tax credits for many Arkansans.
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Beebe may close its court
IN SHORT: Lawbreakers in the Beebe area may soon have to go to Searcy for their day in court. [FULL TEXT]

 

Sports

Lonoke guard Bradley Spencer hits a transition layup during the Jackrabbits 63-41 victory over Bald Knob Friday at Lonoke High School.

Rabbits keep pace for share of 4A-2 league title
IN SHORT: The Lonoke boys can clinch a co-championship with two wins at home this week to close out. [FULL TEXT]

Academy ladies win co-conference crown
IN SHORT: Both HA teams took big wins over visiting Pangburn Friday night at Harris gym in Searcy. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Panthers defeat Belles
IN SHORT: The Cabot girls are still in the hunt for conference championship. [FULL TEXT]

 


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