The Leader

Another ruse for local funds
The ever ingenious and disingenuous state Sen. Bob Johnson of Bigelow has come up with another ruse to skirt the state Constitution’s ban on local and special legislation.
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Huckabee wore out plane
Gov. Beebe wants the legislature to appropriate $4 million from the state surplus to buy a new jet plane for the State Police or else fix the one that former Gov. Mike Huckabee grounded. [FULL TEXT]

Funding our schools
Gov. Beebe and legislative leaders agreed this week on a school budget for the next two years and to compliment themselves for having done it nobly. [FULL TEXT]

Porkmeisters at the trough
The porkmeisters in the legislature continued this week to tinker with a bill to hoodwink the Supreme Court and the state Constitution. [FULL TEXT]

King Frank
The hurried retirement of Frank Broyles, Athletic Director for Life, was as near an epochal event as we are apt to have in Razorback Nation.
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Beebe: good on promise
Starting July 1, you will pay a few pennies less in the grocery checkout line. [FULL TEXT]

GOP makes poor choice
Tim Griffin said this week that he would rather not be the United States attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas if it meant that he would have to answer questions about his past political work as others have had to do the past century or so.
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Beebe kicks off road program
Gov. Mike Beebe, who first said he would not have a highway-building program at his first legislative session, changed his mind this week and said he would offer a modest one.
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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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Feb. 24 , 2007

The state Highway Department is proposing that the North Belt Loop cut across Sherwood from Hwy. 67-167 through Camp Robinson and on to the I-40/I-430 interchange at Crystal Hill in North Little Rock. The state does not have the $276 million needed to finish the 12.7-mile section, so it wants to make that last leg a toll road until it is paid off.

Tolls could finance last leg of North Belt
IN SHORT: Highway might not get built without charging motorists. [FULL TEXT]

Overpass work starts
IN SHORT: Groundbreaking ceremony is held in Cabot for $7 million railroad bridge project. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot mayor calls summit a success
IN SHORT: Necessary road work will cost Cabot $200 million, officials told. [FULL TEXT]

Guard all set for any orders
IN SHORT: No alert has been issued yet for the 39th Combat Brigade to be deployed once again to Iraq, although the group is ready. [FULL TEXT]

LRAFB to get new unit from Pope Air Base
IN SHORT:For 36 years, the 41st Airlift Squadron “Blackcats” have called Pope AFB home, but Friday’s realignment ceremony marked a new beginning as the unit heads to Little Rock AFB. [FULL TEXT]

Pryor sees U.S. spiritual strength
IN SHORT: Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Vic Snyder joined Little Rock Air Force Base commanders and airmen, and other distinguished visitors at LRAFB Friday morning for the annual National Prayer Breakfast. [FULL TEXT]

 

Sports

Jacksonville junior guard Terrell Eskridge dribbles past Mountain Home's Garrett Whilhite during the Red Devils' 78-75 overtime victory.

Red Devils outlast Bombers
IN SHORT: Jacksonville pulled out a 78-75 win in double overtime Tuesday night in the Devils’ Den. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot ladies hammer Cyclones
IN SHORT: The Lady Panthers destroyed Russellville Tuesday in their regular-season finale. [FULL TEXT]

Falcons close with two big wins, slide into third place
IN SHORT: The North Pulaski boys beat Wynne and Paragould this week to finish third in the 5A-East standings. [FULL TEXT]

 




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