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UNIONS. By a 60-40 margin, registered nurses at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center said they continued to want a union to represent them in bargaining.

GOV. MIKE BEEBE. After a bit of uncertainty, he declared that he opposed an Indian casino in Fort Smith.

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WOMEN. A national survey shows women continue to trail men in pay, even when comparisons are adjusted for education, experience, etc. The survey followed news that the pay gap between men and women faculty at the University of Arkansas continues to widen.

ARKANSAS YOUTH SERVICES. Child advocates reported yet another cause of abuse of a teen being held at the Alexander Juvenile Correctional Facility, now under new outside management because of abuses under previous management.

MIKE HUCKABEE. Desperate for presidential traction, he said tragedies like the Virginia Tech mass shooting perhaps could be avoided if more people carried firearms in public places.

ARKANSAS. “Workforce” issues were said to be a factor in Toyota’s reported decision not to add a truck assembly line to a plant in Marion. Overdue: A frank discussion by Arkansas leaders about the education of said workforce and whether race and poverty could be shaping manufacturers’ decisions about locating in the Delta.

The FIRST AMENDMENT. Judicial regulators presented formal charges that Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen had violated ethical rules by remarks and a Times op-ed critical of the Bush administration.

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