Good week: Riverfest 

RIVERFEST. The annual festival enjoyed three days of sunshine, a rarity in its recent history. Some 260,000 people attended, which broke the previous record by 10,000.

HOT SPRINGS. The city won the right to continue to use the name Hot Springs National Park Arkansas in its trademark logo after a long legal battle with the National Park Service, which contended that the city did not have the right to use the park's name in advertising.

It was a bad week for...

CLEAN AIR. The Arkansas Supreme Court said that the Hempstead County Hunting Club, which has argued that the Turk coal-fueled power plant in Hempstead County is unnecessary and environmentally damaging, had not exhausted avenues to appeal the plant's approval before the state Public Service Commission. Until that avenue is exhausted, the court said, it cannot consider arguments that the plant wasn't properly permitted. Meanwhile, construction continues on the plant.

CITIZEN JOURNALISM. The Blue Hog Report, a Democratic-leaning blog that notably exposed the unconstitutional expense reimbursements paid to Arkansas legislators of both parties, shut down following a recent spate of FOI requests from the Arkansas Republican Party related to phone records, e-mail and other employment data on Blue Hog contributors Matt Campbell and Jeff Woodmansee, both government employees. In a sign of solidarity, Jason Tolbert, author of the popular Republican blog The Tolbert Report, shut down his blog, too.

TOMMY SMITH. The popular radio DJ, who has talked publicly about his struggles with alcohol addiction, was arrested following a hit-and-run accident and charged with DWI and possession of a controlled substance.

THE CATHEDRAL SCHOOL The small, private Episcopalian school in Little Rock closed after 54 years of operation. Tuition had fallen more than $800,000 short of covering operating expenses this year, and the school owed more than $100,000 in unpaid payroll taxes to the IRS.



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