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June 18-24, 2008 

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CONWAY. Hewlett Packard announced it would put a service center employing 1,200 people in Conway. The jobs in the service center are expected to pay about $20 an hour.

 

PINE BLUFF AND BEYOND.  Workers completed destruction of nerve gas stores at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. The cleanup process on blistering agents will continue.

 

RICHARD CARROLL. The North Little Rock railroad man stepped forward to accept the Green Party nomination for House District 39 and thus create an opponent for Dwayne Dobbins, who gave up his seat in the legislature after a 2005 sex-related offense.

 

HAL BASS. The OBU professor was elected to be the next leader of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a moderate national group that hews — unlike the now-reactionary Southern Baptist Convention — to such historic Baptist tenets as separation of church and state.

 

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The RUFUS K. YOUNG AME CHURCH. The historic black congregation is split by a pastoral dispute. Its long-time pastor, Rev. Rickey Hicks, was reassigned to another church. He doesn't want to go. This led to a noisy protest during last Sunday's service.

 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK POLICE CHIEF DANNY BRADLEY. He said the police were essentially powerless to help a neighborhood beset by crime. Neighbors won't come forward with information in a recent killing for fear of retaliation. Maybe if NLR cops spent more time on policing in the 'hood things might improve. But that might mean spending less time posing as underage girls to find Internet perverts in faraway states; diddling with surveillance cameras and remote-controlled helicopters, and shooting up innocent people in their own homes.

 

REP. RICK GREEN. Charity bingo operators are bringing in a greater percentage of the take for their operating costs and reserves than the state's racinos take in, but still he complains that the tax rate on the bingo games is too high.

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