TOP STORY >> Hospitals see reform benefits

By NANCY DOCKTERLeader staff writerIt might be too soon to celebrate, but hospital administrators are tentatively saying that the historic health-care reform bill signed into law this week has the potential to ease the financial strain they are under.“From the hospitals’ standpoint, having more people insured is obviously a positive thing,” said Mike Schimming, who on March 1 became chief […]

SPORTS >> Downfall of coach hits hard, hits many

By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editorIn so many cases a basketball play breaks down.It is drawn up with all of its options, with the right players in the proper positions and every X accounted for by every O. But whether the play is hastily scribbled on a clipboard or drawn from deep within the playbook, it can’t account for the human […]

SPORTS >> Giving Red Devil his due

Deshone McClure became Jacksonville’s senior leader this year after playing as a junior on the Red Devils’ state championship team last season. McClure now turns toward the college recruiting process.By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterJust because he works hard and excels at basketball doesn’t necessarily mean Deshone McClure takes it seriously — or anything else for that matter.If not for his basketball […]

SPORTS >> Sitzmann, UALR fall short of Sweet 16

UALR guard Kim Sitzmann, of Cabot, lines up a free throw during a regular season game.By BRANDY SWEEDENUALR sports informationNORMAN, Okla.—The UALR women’s basketball team ended the team’s first NCAA Tournament trip with a 60-44 loss to No. 3 seed Oklahoma on Tuesday before 6,305 at the Lloyd Nobel Center.A shooting outage in the first half cost the Trojans, who […]