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Some progress on energy bill
The United States Senate, which has seen its standing with the public sink to historic lows owing to its inaction on the gamut of national problems, finally delivered last Thursday night on an energy bill that is many years overdue. [FULL TEXT]

Investigate vote 'caging'
A couple of eastern senators, one of them named Edward M. Kennedy, asked the Justice Department this week to investigate Timothy Griffin, the recent U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas, to see whether he illegally sought to suppress voting for Democratic candidates in Florida in 2004.

PSC backs ratepayers
The job of the state Public Service Commission is to look out for the consumers of energy but fairly consider the profit interests of utilities.

What Griffin didn't say
Timothy Griffin’s own Apologia Pro Vita Sua, delivered Thursday to a packed house at the Clinton School in Little Rock, fell considerably short of Cardinal Newman’s compelling explanation of his philosophical journey to Catholicism.

Court favors states’ rights
For the rich and the favored, states’ rights has always been a handy principle, but there are times when it gets in the way. For example, when a big tobacco company wants to avoid liability.


Payday series wins award in competition
(The Arkansas Press Association awarded The Leader first place in the Better Newspaper Contest for our in-depth reporting on payday lenders. This column from March 22, 2006 was part of that series.)
A populist state like Arkansas, which once had the lowest usury rate in the nation — 10 percent was the interest limit until 1982 — now allows payday lenders to charge outrageous interest rates — often several hundred percent interest.


Next move may be up to federal prosecutor
When the FBI completes its public-corruption probe into former Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh’s administration, interim U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin in Little Rock could be the one who decides whether to file charges against Stumbaugh and his cronies.

How city wiped out vet’s investment
A veteran of Vietnam, Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, Jim Eggert bought two commercial buildings in Jacksonville, but the closing of the Graham Road rail crossing killed business. He’s put his property up for sale, but he’ll have to take a huge loss.

Famed photographer had roots in area
If you turn off Hwy. 5 at Cabot near the freeway and drive down Cleland Road for less than a mile, you’ll come to Mt. Pleasant Road.

U.S. prosecutor demoted over bullying e-mail
Witness in Campbell trial used his government computer and official title to try to intimidate newspaper with threat of a $50 million libel suit and takeover of The Leader.

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]

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]

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]












June 27, 2007

Fireworks stands like this one in Gravel Ridge are popping up all over as the Fourth of July approaches. Rules on fireworks use vary according to locale. Celebrations and firework spectaculars are planned all over the area. There’s something for everyone.

C-130J mission grows
IN SHORT: Base saves lives in Iraq, but small cargo plane may not get here and house privatization stalls. [FULL TEXT]

Council brings in acreage to city
IN SHORT: Almost 2,000 acres of undeveloped land was added to Sherwood with little discussion Monday night.

Taxing food for tourism weighed
IN SHORT: City council will discuss approving a two-cent levy to fund its marketing plans. [FULL TEXT]

Abuse root of violence
IN SHORT: Lonoke and Sherwood have not escaped the domestic-abuse phenomenon. [FULL TEXT]

Williams reflects on job so far
IN SHORT:Mayor tells AARP he has plans to improve traffic, start construction of a rail overpass, get funding for a new interchange, get a second post office and work with Austin and Ward for a regional industrial park on an old landfill. [FULL TEXT]

Sherwood mayor race a crowded field
IN SHORT:The five hopefuls who want to lead the city explain their positions on several issues. [FULL TEXT]



Former Jacksonville Red Devil Norvel Gabriel knocks down a pass from ex-Bentonville QB Ryan Isabell Saturday in Fayetteville.

East ends West win streak
IN SHORT: Jacksonville’s Norvel Gabriel played pivotal role in East’s defensive dominance. [FULL TEXT]

SH loses last two in Sheridan
IN SHORT: The Bruins’ AAA team won its pool, but lost in the first round of bracket play in the Wooden Bat Classic Sunday. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot edges past Gwatney
IN SHORT: The Post 71 AAA team toppled Jacksonville 5-2 Monday night at Wade Field. [FULL TEXT]


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