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A telling roll call
Every now and then a legislative body takes a roll call that identifies for voters the real constituency of their lawmakers. The vote on permanent repeal of the federal estate tax provided such a roll call. [FULL TEXT]

OÕBrien gives voters hope
Could Pulaski County be headed for an honest, reliable and trouble-free election in 2006, the first in memory for most of us? [FULL TEXT]

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]








Gov. Mike Huckabee (front) announces two $10,000 rewards for information on recent school fires. Pulaski County Special School District Superintendent Don Henderson is on Huckabee's right. Leader photo by Brian Rodriguez

IN SHORT:The reward would come from Huckabee's emergency fund for information on fires at Sherwood Elementary School and Hope High School. [FULL TEXT]


CAW buys land, protects source
IN SHORT:Central Arkansas Water gathers steam in its move to protect the areaÕs drinking water with victories in the state legislature and in Pulaski County court. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot to pay for fee study
IN SHORT: But the city councilÕs finance committee still doesnÕt know how to pay for a study that recommends putting levies on construction.

Zoning causes concern in Beebe
IN SHORT:Underdeveloped property in proposed annexation area will be zoned commercial if voters approve idea in August.

Search for football coach underway
IN SHORT:JHS head coaching position was officially posted Friday and several people have already expressed interest in the job. [FULL TEXT}

Falcons are on a roll
North Pulaski baseball is on a two-game winning streak. The Falcons dominated their last two opponents, beating crosstown rival Jacksonville 7-1 Friday, then disposing of Little Rock Hall 12-2 Monday afternoon in five innings. [FULL TEXT}


You might be Jane Balgavy if youÕre the guest of honor at the 10th annual Cabot Scholarship Foundation Roast and Toast. [FULL TEXT}


April 20, 2005

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 wont' 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 27, 2005



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