Favorite

Feb. 4-10, 2009 

Feb. 4-10, 2009

It was a GOOD week for …

 

ARKANSAS. Toyota, battered by a sales slump, may never open a new assembly plant in Mississippi that was once thought headed for Arkansas. Bad news for workers. Good news for the state that didn't lay out millions for a plant that isn't coming.

 

JAIL SCANDAL. Police accuse a jail dispatcher, wife of the Clarendon police chief, with providing sex and a cell phone to a state inmate assigned to the Monroe County jail.

It was a BAD week for …

 

VIOLENCE. A bomb, apparently hidden in a tire, critically injured Dr. Trent Pierce of West Memphis, the chairman of the state Medical Board. Investigators quickly turned to cases of doctor discipline for potential suspects in the crime.

 

HOUSE SPEAKER ROBBIE WILLS. He marred his huge victory on the tobacco tax legislation by grumping about the bad manners of the losers. It's bad manners not to be magnanimous in victory. Then he unveiled an outline of lottery legislation that seems likely to create an even more unwieldy and incomprehensible college scholarship program than the state has now.

 

SWEPCO CUSTOMERS. The power company must think they are dumb. It has sent letters asking ratepayers to support a request for a rate increase between 18 and 22 percent, much of it to pay for a poison-spewing proposed coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County.

 

UCA STUDENTS. Fees and room rates will rise to help the college cover a cash flow deficit. Ever wonder where the college would be today if the problems of a past UCA administration had not been uncovered, more or less by chance as a result of controversy over a bonus for former president Lu Hardin?

 

DISASTER VICTIMS. Emergency meals sent to Arkansas ice storm victims were recalled because of fear of contaminated peanut butter.

 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK MAYOR PAT HAYS. Blatant disregard for a dumpster screening ordinance – including by Hays' own government – prompts the mayor to propose delayed implementation.

Favorite

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Readers also liked…

  • Eligible voters removed from rolls

    Arkansas Times reporters contacted election officials around the state to see how they had handled flawed felon data from the secretary of state. Responses varied dramatically.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Real Republicans don't do pre-K

    Also, drifting away from trump, Hudson's downfall at ASU and more.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Asa on pre-K

    • Aug 17, 2016

Most Shared

  • Home again

    The plan, formulated months ago, was this: Ellen and I were going to go to Washington for inauguration festivities, then fly out the morning after the balls for Panama City and a long planned cruise to begin with a Panama Canal passage.
  • Who needs courts?

    Not since the John Birch Society's "Impeach Earl Warren" billboards littered Southern roadsides after the Supreme Court's school-integration decision in 1954 has the American judicial system been under such siege, but who would have thought the trifling Arkansas legislature would lead the charge?
  • Bungling

    If the late, great Donald Westlake had written spy thrillers instead of crime capers, they'd read a lot like the opening weeks of the Trump administration.
  • UPDATE: Campus carry bill amended by Senate to require training

    The Senate this morning added an amendment to Rep. Charlie Collins campus carry bill that incorporates the effort denied in committee yesterday to require a 16-hour additional training period before university staff members with concealed carry permits may take the weapons on campus.
  • Director to resign from state court administrative office

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp announced today the resignation of J.D. Gingerich, long-time director of the administrative office of the courts.

Latest in The Week That Was

Visit Arkansas

New Crystal Bridges exhibit explores Mexican-American border

New Crystal Bridges exhibit explores Mexican-American border

Border Cantos is a timely, new and free exhibit now on view at Crystal Bridges.

Event Calendar

« »

February

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28  

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation