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PUBLIC SCHOOLS. The state Supreme Court ruled that most school property taxes couldn’t be tapped to aid private real estate developments, as cities and developers had hoped.

The LEGISLATURE. Special masters reported to the state Supreme Court that the legislature seems to have put an acceptable framework in place to provide a constitutional education system in Arkansas.

PORK. The legislature reconvened long enough to come up with sufficient legal disguises for pork barrel legislation that didn’t slip through the first time around. Can this transparent end-run around Supreme Court rulings against local legislation pass muster? Time and lawsuits will tell.

JAMAAL ANDERSON. The University of Arkansas defensive end was picked 8th in the NFL draft. He’s only the third Hog in history to be a Top 10 NFL draft pick.

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The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT. The slim board majority that wants to oust Superintendent Roy Brooks continued to operate by surprise attack, including an emergency suspension vote and a late-night notice to select administrators that their jobs might be in jeopardy. Brooks’ forces responded with, how’s this for irony, a lawsuit that puts the district back in federal court.

The LITTLE ROCK MARATHON. It’s an artistic success, with more than 8,000 participants this year. But after five years, it has yet to produce any money for its stated purpose, benefiting city parks, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Expenses are up to nearly a half-million a year and the effort has two full-time employees.

DAVID HUCKABEE. The former governor’s son was arrested on a misdemeanor charge after he forgot that he had a loaded Glock .40-caliber pistol in his baggage when he tried to pass through a security checkpoint at Little Rock National Airport. He pleaded guilty and got a suspended sentence. The incident drew national attention to Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign.

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