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The week that was Dec. 6-12, 2006 

 

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CORPORATE WELFARE. Arkansas officials seem all too ready to fork over $1 billion worth of corporate welfare to lure a German steelmaker that is auctioning itself to the highest bidder among poor Southern states.

DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK. The vacant library building at Seventh and Louisiana was purchased by a contractor that manages data for Entergy Corp., a move that will bring many information tech jobs to the city.

JUSTIN MINKEL. A Springdale elementary teacher who’s achieved notable success in improving the performance of children who speak English as a second language was named Arkansas’s Teacher of the Year.

JERMAIN TAYLOR. The middleweight boxer retained his world championship with a decision over Kassim Ouma before more than 10,000 hometown fans at Alltel Arena.

MODERATION. The Family Council, a leading lobby for religious conservatives, sent out a fund-raising letter saying it expected that incoming Gov. Mike Beebe wouldn’t be as supportive of its causes as Gov. Mike Huckabee. Two words if true: Hoo Ray.

It was a bad week for …

NORTH LITTLE ROCK RESIDENTS. The party’s over. Electric rates are going up 38 percent for residents; other utility bills are going up on account of franchise fees; and business taxes are going up to pay for the higher wholesale cost of electric power. City-financed frills may be a thing of the past.

THE HUCKSTER WATCH

He solicited money in his Christmas card, in addition to seeking huge donations to his Hope for America PAC; packed up office furniture to take with him (see the Arkansas Reporter page) and, according to the Democrat-Gazette, continued to give the State Police plane a workout in 2006. Four weeks to go.

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