More serious than bingo Arkansas faces a single constitutional problem worthy of the votersÕ ministrations, if you can believe the legislature. It is the prospect that Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley will raid a parish hall and arrest a priest and his parishioners for practicing bingo or engaging in a raffle. [FULL TEXT]

Schools left floundering However briefly, Arkansas is again a defendant in its courts, where we are expected to explain why, through the medium of our elected lawmakers, we have not provided our children the education that our Constitution promises them. [FULL TEXT}

OPINION>> School prayer falters
Adjournment of the 2005 General Assembly was a blessed event, coming as it did not a moment too soon. The legislature gets us into the worst trouble when it tries to transform religious doctrine into civil law and adjournment, or what we hope will be adjournment sine die, saved us from one more such folly. [FULL TEXT]








Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Standish, 314th Security Forces Squadron helps Jonathan Porter, 11, of Jacksonville, try on a helmet during KUDOS (Kids Understanding Deployment Operations) Saturday at Little Rock Air Force Base. Leader photo by Tom Galante


Improvement fund helps area
IN SHORT:Sen. Glover leads in lining up money for his pet projects, although Sen. Capps, Reps. Bond, Evans, Pate, Prater, Schulte and Wood also do well for their districts.

Where money would go
IN SHORT: Area legislators have secured millions of dollars from the General Improvement Fund for local projects.

PCSSD looking for big savings
IN SHORT: In preparation for a special Wednesday board meeting called to cut millions from the school board budget, the financial officer sees real savings from each proposed cut.

Cabot will decide on funding for overpass and center
IN SHORT: Bridge would be built early if millage passes, but center in limbo if measure fails.

City council won't settle with official
IN SHORT: Clerk-treasurerÕs discrimination lawsuit against Cabot goes to trial in July.

He's upbeat on C-130Js, Berry says
IN SHORT: Ignoring the White House, Congress is pushing for more transport planes to help fight wars, although Berry complains of rising deficits without saying how they could be cut.



Jacksonville senior Charreka Connors hits a sacrifice grounder that scored Megan Peeples from third base during the Lady Devils doubleheader sweep of Forrest City Monday at Dupree Park. Connors reached base safely due to an error at first on the play.[FULL TEXT]
Leader photo by David Parker


Falcons inch closer to state playoff berth
IN SHORT: The North Pulaski boys soccer team played itself to within one win of qualifying for the state tournament last week with a 3-1 win over CrowleyÕs Ridge Academy in Paragould.


April 20, 2005



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