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Release all emails now
Here’s a surprise: The Arkansas Supreme Court has temporarily put on hold a lower court decision ordering Pulaski County to release potentially embarrassing emails from a former employee accused of stealing public funds and romancing a woman who works for a vendor that does business with the county. [FULL TEXT]

Don't rush 'burger tax'
People supposedly don’t notice the tax they pay when they go to a restaurant, which is one of the reasons a Jacksonville alderman is pushing to add a two-cent levy to prepared foods—and that adage may be correct. [FULL TEXT]

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.


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 30, 2007

Casey Marshell, right, and Brent Beall take a look at some sparklers at a fireworks stand located at 1431 S. First St. in Cabot. The owner of the stand said that sparklers are one of his biggest sellers. Fireworks can be purchased in many locations local officials are all emphasizing safety.

Beebe allows fireworks in city for first time in years
IN SHORT: Not only will residents be able to use firecrackers this holiday they will also be able to buy them within the city limits. [FULL TEXT]

Illegal fireworks shooting starts brush fire
IN SHORT: Two Cabot boys turned themselves in after they accidentally started a blaze in a rock quarry this week. [FULL TEXT]

Commander favors abandoning PCSSD
IN SHORT: New base boss pushes for an independent school district for Jacksonville, citing outdated facilities. [FULL TEXT]

Race ruling won't affect planning for new district
IN SHORT: A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday may not affect Jacksonville and PCSSD immediately, according to district attorney Sam Jones, but Chris Heller, an attorney for the Little Rock School District, believes that the race-based school assignment plan that the high court declared unconstitutional in Seattle and Louisville will eventually have an impact on programs and school assignments in the local school districts. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot closing in on Sherwood as population soars
IN SHORT: Census and UALR data show area cities have seen an increase in their populations over the past six years, although some have grown more than others. [FULL TEXT]

New voting machines for election
IN SHORT: Residents of Sherwood casting their ballots will see some changes. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonville pitcher Seth Tomboli struck out 10 batters while only giving up two hits and four walks against Benton at Dupree Park Friday.

Gwatney takes win in opener
IN SHORT: Jacksonville took a decisive win over Benton’s McClendon’s Appliance team.

Bruins fall in slugout
IN SHORT: The Sylvan Hills AAA team dropped its first-round matchup in the Fourth of July Classic at Dupree. [FULL TEXT]

LR Red pounds out 18 at Dupree
IN SHORT: Continental Express trucked their way to a big win over Gwatney Chevrolet Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]


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