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April 1, 2015
Protest against controversial bill
An estimated 250 people flocked to the state Capitol on Monday to express opposition to HB1228, the Religious Freedom Act. Both houses have passed the bill and it awaits only the governor's signature. "I've already been called by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times," said state Rep. Camille Bennett (D-Lonoke), who tried late Tuesday afternoon to send the bill back to the House Judiciary Committee. Opponents say the law will allow open discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender residents under the guise of freedom of religion. Bennett said the way it is written, any corporation, group or club can hold that any action is against their religious beliefs and sue the state. "The perception that this bill is aimed at hate embarrasses me as a Christian," Bennett said. "This is about lawsuits, not about religious freedom," she said. Monday evening, a group of clergy, including Judge Wendell Griffin and Rabbi Barry Block, led a prayer vigil outside the governor's mansion, decrying the bill.
Air Force hit with $10B in budget cuts
IN SHORT: Secretary asks for more funding as military is asked to do more with fewer resources and improvements. [FULL TEXT]
Community Center marks its 20th year
IN SHORT: Celebration set for April 11 will honor of the municipal facility. [FULL TEXT]
New life at old Hastings
IN SHORT: The Game Store has a new name and new home in downtown Jacksonville and grand opening May 2. [FULL TEXT]
Cabot second in '67' tourney
IN SHORT: After cruising twice, games get tougher vs. Saline County schools. [FULL TEXT]
Red Devil pitching shuts out Badgers
IN SHORT: Jacksonville has given up one hit in last three games, including conference sweep of Beebe. [FULL TEXT]
Beebe goes 2-1 in home games
IN SHORT: Shorthanded Lady Badgers win big, win close one, fall to Benton. [FULL TEXT]
Youthful Panthers showing progress
Justin Matthews Sr. was a visionary who developed Park Hill in North Little Rock and much of Sylvan Hills, which later formed the city of Sherwood. Among his projects there were the Roundtop Filling Station and The Greens at North Hills golf course.
Tycoon who built Sherwood
IN SHORT: Justin Matthews saw the future growth of the area long before anyone else. [FULL TEXT]
Letter from the front
IN SHORT: A young soldier from Lonoke County, who became a judge and prosecutor, fought in World War. [FULL TEXT]
Rebirth of Jacksonville's heart
IN SHORT: An effort is underway to return the city's original train station. [FULL TEXT]