Good week: the prospects of the Little Rock sales tax proposals 

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THE PROSPECTS OF THE LITTLE ROCK SALES TAX PROPOSALS. A poll commissioned by the Arkansas Times by the polling firm Impact Management suggests broad support for both the 5/8ths of a cent tax for city operations (62 percent for, 27 against) and the 3/8ths of a cent for capital needs (55 percent for, 32 against).

ARKANSAS FOOTBALL. The Razorbacks drubbed the Missouri State Tigers 51-7 in their season opener.

ESCAPING JAIL. Frederick Young, 37, and Joe Patton, 44, both of Little Rock, escaped from the Pulaski County jail Friday night. At press time, they were still at large.

WEATHER. Labor Day Weekend was like heaven for those with time off, with significantly cooler temperatures, a steady breeze and lots of sunshine.

It was a bad week for...

THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS. The university Board of Trustees voted to buy out the contract of embattled president Allen Meadors after he failed to acknowledge that a gift for presidential house renovation from Aramark was contingent on a new contract for the food service contractor. Meadors will be paid roughly $525,000 in state and private money. Meadors followed the controversial Lu Hardin, who resigned in a bonus scandal that ultimately led to a federal indictment on wire fraud and money laundering, to which he pleaded guilty. General counsel Tom Courtway will serve as interim president, just as he did following Hardin's departure.

STATE REVENUE. Arkansas general revenue dropped about 1 percent in August compared to the same month last year and fell short by $7 million of what the state had forecast. Lower sales tax collections were largely to blame.


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    October 20, 2016
    Picture Bret Bielema pole-vaulting for a minute. Then, once the laughter subsides, hear me out with this absurd analogy. /more/
  • UCA releases names of eight to be interviewed for presidency

    October 13, 2016
    The University of Central Arkansas today released the names of  eight people who'll be interviewed by the search committee working to find a successor to President Tom Courtway, who has announced plans to step down next year. /more/
  • Hiland confirms interest in UCA presidency

    October 7, 2016
    Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland confirmed to me today that he had sent an expression of interest to the search firm roundup up candidates to be the next president of the University of Central Arkansas. /more/
  • UCA prepares for presidential transition; a prosecutor might be a candidate

    October 6, 2016
    The University of Central Arkansas is moving toward selecting a new president and the talk about that job now includes a potential application from the prosecuting attorney in Faulkner County. /more/
  • On to Alabama

    October 6, 2016
    With War Memorial Stadium's mystique and alleged efficacy dying by the year, it was at least comforting to watch Arkansas finally devour a purported cupcake there. Bret Bielema boosted his Little Rock record to 2-3, with those two wins coming against Football Championship Subdivision schools, after the Hogs pummeled Alcorn State 52-10 on Saturday. /more/
  • State university secrets

    September 29, 2016
    Today's subject: lack of accountability at state universities. /more/
  • Hogs blew it

    September 29, 2016
    Arkansas needed to beat Texas A&M. That's it. Sometimes perfunctory is poetry. /more/
  • Gala guests revealed by University of Arkansas after repeat FOI request

    September 28, 2016
    The University of Arkansas has rethought its decision to refuse to release the names of  invitees to the $450,000 gala that began a billion-dollar fund drive. /more/
  • Hardings give $500,000 to UCA honors college

    September 19, 2016
    Rush and Linda Harding of Little Rock have pledged a $500,000 unrestricted gift to the Norbert O. Schedler Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas. /more/
  • 2-0

    September 15, 2016
    If you tuned in to ESPN Saturday night or settled into your seats at Fort Worth's compact but energetic Amon Carter Stadium, you undoubtedly felt like the impending Arkansas-TCU tilt was going to be compelling, if for no other reason because it pitted a burgeoning Big 12 power against a rising SEC program, with both having that Southwest Conference badging that went dormant a quarter-century ago. /more/
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