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Lynching of a judge
Arkansas will have to be told once again whether the First Amendment to the Constitution applies to Judge Wendell L. Griffen of the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

Firm must pay
The U.S. Supreme Court this week wrote the final chapter in the long-running suit over who should pay for the cleanup of the old Vertac chemical plant in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

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.


Why didn’t feds take this case?
You may have wondered while you were following the corruption trial of Jay and Kelly Campbell in Lonoke County why the U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock didn’t prosecute the couple, along with two shady bail bondsmen, who will be tried later.

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 25, 2007

Former Lonoke Police Chief Jay Campbell and his wife Kelly smile as they are led out of a Cabot courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday following their 40- and 20-year sentences stemming from a long-running corruption trial. The couple were sent to separate prisons yesterday, but they hope to go free on bond while they appeal their convictions.

Campbells sentenced
IN SHORT: Jay and Kelly Campbell spent their first night in prison Tuesday after Special Circuit Judge John Cole handed down their respective 40- and 20-year sentences in Cabot that morning, but the couple is hoping to make bond while they appeal their sentences. [FULL TEXT]

Lawmakers send money back home
IN SHORT: Legislators find way to fund projects indirectly, which should satisfy both former Rep. Mike Wilson and the state Supreme Court. [FULL TEXT]

Parents see redesigned school lines
IN SHORT: Cabot School District’s opening of an eighth elementary facility has caused the district to revamp its attendance zones for next year.

Jacksonville landfill to nearly double size
IN SHORT:Trash hauler Waste Management, Inc. seeks a permit for another landfill, this one on the north side of I-440, opposite the existing mound, as well as for turning more methane into electricity. [FULL TEXT]

Sherwood puts freeze on changes of golf course
IN SHORT: Resolution will halt any revamping of the property so the city can decide if it want to buy the course, but the developer, who wants to build homes, is not too happy about the temporary freeze. [FULL TEXT]



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

Owls win district crown
IN SHORT:Abundant Life got its revenge on Harding Academy with a 15-11 win over the Wildcats in a 10-inning marathon on Monday. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville No. 3 seed in East, tops in tie games
IN SHORT: The Red Devils will enter the 6A state playoffs as the No. 3 seed from the East Conference. [FULL TEXT]

Red Devils pile up the runs, beat Parkview
IN SHORT: Jacksonville only needed six innings to run-rule Little Rock Parkview on Monday, taking a 16-6 win.


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