Free pass for state inmates possible=Prisons are overcrowded, but the Legislature is not ignoring the problem. At least two bills address the challenge of crowded jails, but neither bill calls for building more prisons.

This killer stays behind bars for now After a year of lawsuits from prosecutors and victims' rights groups and coverage in this newspaper, Gov. Huckabee has again withdrawn his offer of clemency to yet another murderer.[FULL TEXT]

Pentagon has
to pay bills,
so it cuts back
___The C-130J program is the latest casualty of the war in Iraq. As we reported here on Saturday, the Defense Department could soon halt production of the new airlifter, saving $5 billion. Little Rock Air Force Base will get seven C-130Js rather than the 16 it was scheduled to receive, and construction plans for an additional training center have been halted at a savings of $26.5 million. [FULL TEXT]

Teenager's dangerous
job in Iraq
___Five soldiers from Arkansas flew home last week from Iraq for a couple of weeks of vacation.
___They got on an airplane in Kuwait and flew to Ireland and then went on to Dallas, where they caught a commuter flight to Little Rock. Specialist Jordan Lackie of DeValls Bluff was one of the soldiers flying home. He's only 18, but he's a big fellow, and he was the only soldier who didn't seem tired. [FULL TEXT]

When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they'd put an ad in the paper at Christmas-time, saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place. [FULL TEXT]

Don't let lenders
prey on military and working poor

___The state Supreme Court on Thursday could put the so-called payday lenders out of business in Arkansas. Consumer advocates are challenging Act 1216 of 1999 that allows predatory lendin in the state with rates as high as 650 percent. [FULL TEXT]

How to finance road program The legislature is fast approaching the moment when it will most feel the want of the experience and knowledge that flows from seniority, which term limits denies us. It is about to decide how to finance a billion dollars of highway construction, which is as dangerous as an ungraded hairpin curve.

Legislature still avoids reality These must be the best of times in the Wonder State, an age of wisdom and belief, a season of light, a winter and spring of hope. A governor who vows determination to stay with his wife before a throng of thousands is on the throne of Arkansas. [FULL TEXT]

Kids exempted from execution_Here for a change is a bit of good news from the legislature. The Senate voted 24-9 Tuesday to exempt juveniles from the death penalty. Gov. Huckabee, the American Civil Liberties Union and conservative Christians in the Senate joined hands to pass this little bill.

House must kill water bill
You have to wonder about the 22 state senators who voted Monday against the public interest in favor of a fancy residential development at Lake Maumelle that could limit the future water supply for this area.

Polluting our water source The Arkansas legislature never stands taller than when it stoops to help a rich private interest.
___ We were reminded of that cynical maxim last week when 21 members of the state Senate sponsored a bill to give private real-estate developers a virtually free rein to corrupt municipal water supplies.

Make hay while the sun shines Hardly a week passes that we are not reminded of how farsighted the Founding Fathers were and how improvident we nearly always prove ourselves to be when we forsake their wisdom.





They grieve their loss, but withhold details

By JOHN HOFHEIMER- Leader Staff Writer

The Valentine's Day chocolates delivered to Kimberly Robbins Monday must
have been bittersweet, tempered with the knowledge that her husband,
Staff Sgt. William Terry Robbins, died of non-combat related injuries
in Taji, Iraq on Feb. 10.

Beebe will not remove stickers
By JOAN MCCOY- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
The Beebe School Board decided Monday night that evolution disclaimer stickers will stay in science books, at least for the time being.

Groundings may revive production
>>> IN SHORT>>>The indefinite grounding Friday of older C-130s at Little Rock Air Force Base and elsewhere could be the impetus needed to override the Pentagon decision to stop production of the C-130J, the latest model. [STORY]

Hanshaw dismisses jury after hearing

By JOHN HOFHEIMER- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
=Lonoke County Circuit Judge Lance Hanshaw, who previously denied a prosecution motion to quash the sitting jury panel, did just that Monday. He ruled that way because of testimony by a juror at Hanshaw's recusal hearing last Friday and widespread press accounts regarding statements of other jurors[STORY]


Cabot ladies beat Bombers in the Hangar

By RAY BENTON - Leader sports editor
>>> IN SHORT>>>
The Jacksonville boys and girls soccer teams got their season off to a great start Monday night, beating crosstown rival North Pulaski twice in a doubleheader. [SPORTS]

Devils take two from NP soccer
By RAY BENTON - Leader sports editor
>>> IN SHORT>>>
The Jacksonville boys and girls soccer teams got their season off to a great start Monday night, beating crosstown rival North Pulaski twice in a doubleheader. [SPORTS]

When you wish...
By SARA MCCOY- Leader Staff Writer >>> IN SHORT>>>For her Make-A-Wish Foundation application for a trip to Disneyworld, 6-year-old Catie Scott of Cabot drew the teacups ride and all-day lollipops.[FEATURE]

February 16, 2005

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