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Entergy out of line
Utility ratemaking is an arcane science that governments from Little Rock to Sacramento practice with varying degrees of concern for the public interest.

Dividing spoils
Lawmakers and the lawyers appear to have worked out an arrangement that will keep the money flowing from General Improvement Funds into our communities without violating the state Constitution against directly funding local projects.

Alberto and Timothy
Everyone who was hoping that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales could reclaim a shred of credibility by convincing members of the Senate Judiciary Committee of his integrity had to be despondent Thursday.

Prosecution wins big one
A Lonoke County jury deliberated less than two days before finding former Lonoke Police Chief Jay Campbell and his wife Kelly guilty on multiple corruption charges involving sex, drugs, stolen jewelry, misuse of prisoners and a host of other serious accusations.

Vote on bonds November '08
The state Highway Commission is pondering whether it would be better to put a highway bond issue before the voters at a special election during the next year or at the general election in 2008. That ought to be a no-brainer: Do it at a general election, where perhaps four times as many voters get to have a say.

Gonzales must go
Alberto Gonzales will go to Capitol Hill next week to persuade a skeptical Congress and public and maybe even a dubious president that he deserves another chance — is this the eighth or the ninth? — to be an effective attorney general, but he has become sadly almost beside the point. [FULL TEXT]


Politics at local level rough, just ask mayor
“All politics is local.”
— Thomas “Tip” O’Neill,
— longtime Speaker of the House
The political pros know that voters are more passionate about local issues than about national politics, even in time of war.

You cannot judge a book by its cover
The cover of Elizabeth Jacoway’s book on the Central High School integration crisis reproduces one of the most famous photos of the civil rights era. [FULL TEXT]

Terrific music from a favorite label
Robert Bilbo Walker was performing New Year’s Eve at Sarah’s Kitchen, a small eatery in Clarksdale, Miss., playing many of his songs from his old Rooster Blues CDs, “Promised Land” and “Rock the Night: Live in Chicago.” [FULL TEXT]

Good guy decides he won’t run
It must have come as a relief to the already crowded field of presidential candidates when Sen. Chuck Hagel announced Monday he won’t seek the Republican presidential nomination, at least not just yet. [FULL TEXT]

Stackhouse label keeps blues alive
Jim O’Neal, co-founder of Living Blues magazine, is back in the record business with a new label after the demise of Rooster Blues, which issued some of the most important blues of the last 25 years, including several first-rate musicians from Arkansas, such as the late Larry Davis, as well as Willie Cobbs and Lonnie Shields, who are still performing. [FULL TEXT]

First-class care, pay essential for military
The scandal over the shabby treatment veterans receive at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and elsewhere tells only half the story. [FULL TEXT]

State plane flies again: Say it ain’t so, Mike
The Leader was complaining in an editorial Saturday about former Gov. Huckabee wearing out that State Police plane after he hijacked it for his personal use, flying with family and friends to all the fun places, high above the great unwashed — that’s us, the taxpayers who’re now supposed to shell out $4 million for a new airplane because Gov. Beebe likes it, too. [FULL TEXT]












April 21, 2007

Airmen at Little Rock Air Force Base, members of seven squadrons in the 463rd Airlift Group, stand at parade rest just minutes before Thursday’s change of command.

463rd change of command
IN SHORT: As Col. Jeffrey Hoffer assumed control of the 463rd Airlift Group at Little Rock Air Force Base Thursday, he acknowledged the work done by Col. John Gomez and promised continued success. [FULL TEXT]

Campbells' fate rests with judge
IN SHORT: Former Lonoke Police Chief Jay Campbell and his wife Kelly were found guilty last week on 51 drug and theft charges and the jury recommended 315 years for Campbell and 304 for his wife. The jury recommended concurrent sentences, meaning that Campbell could be eligible for parole in 10 years and his wife in less than four. [FULL TEXT]

New school will cause changes in attendance
IN SHORT: Parents might be taking their children to a different elementary school in August.

Major hurdles seen for city
IN SHORT: Federal court, John Walker and setting boundaries are challenges to a Jacksonville school district. [FULL TEXT]

Ex-engineer back with city
IN SHORT: Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Swaim hires Jay Whisker to fill position as city administrator. [FULL TEXT]



Abundant Life’s team gears up before the 3A-2 Conference game Tuesday, taking a win home against Searcy Riverview.

Owls reign supreme
IN SHORT: A runaway win for Abundant Life Tuesday over Riverview secured second place in the final standings for the 3A-2 Conference. [FULL TEXT]

Mustangs and Bears defeated by Devils
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville Lady Red Devils stayed in front of the 6A-East Conference standings with wins over Forrest City and Sylvan Hills. [FULL TEXT]

SH takes local foes for two East wins
IN SHORT: Hillside rolled over Jacksonville in a pair of 6A-East matchups at Dupree Park.


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