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SHEFFIELD NELSON. He began solid steps toward an initiative to raise the gas severance tax by seeking a state Ethics Commission ruling that gas producers must disclose any spending to beat the measure.

G. DAVID GEARHART. The vice chancellor of the University of Arkansas was tapped to succeed Chancellor John White when he steps down at the end of this school year.

HEIFER INTERNATIONAL. It got $42.8 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand dairy farming in East Africa.

RACIAL STRIFE. The white West Memphis cop who killed a black child who was carrying a toy gun filed a judicial complaint over the black circuit judge who has called a grand jury investigation into the case.

HOMOPHOBIA. The same religious lobby that has long encouraged discrimination against gay people began its drive to limit adoptions and foster parenting by gay Arkansas couples. The good news is that a broad coalition has formed to oppose the gay bashers.

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SEN. HILLARY CLINTON. Beaten badly by Barack Obama in South Carolina, she needs a powerful lift from Super Tuesday.

MIKE HUCKABEE. The would-be president said he supported sleazy televangelist Kenneth Copeland's intention to defy a congressional subpoena for an investigation of the high-living ways of TV preachers like Copeland. A nation of laws? Or a nation of preachers?

HISTORY. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette did an extensive feature on old newspapers and files of the Arkansas Gazette “discovered” in the old Gazette building when the D-G began clearing the building recently for use by new charter schools. Some history questions missing in the fluff: Why did the newspaper let the stuff molder unexamined for 16 years and why wasn't there a mention that Publisher Walter Hussman rejected a suggestion that historic files be transferred to the UALR archives for preservation at the time he bought the property in 1991?

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