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The Week That Was, May 19-25 

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

UA CHANCELLOR DAVID GEARHART.
The UA Board of Trustees bonused him $225,000 in deferred compensation, the only chancellor in the state to be honored this year with a pay supplement.

YOUTH. Two college students were elected to county Quorum Courts, one in Baxter County and one in Saline County. Bad news: both are conservative Republicans.

CONSUMERS. The state Public Service Commission rejected a settlement of an Entergy rate case negotiated by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel in part because of an “unreasonable” shift of costs from industrial to residential customers. Who's fighting for the little man?


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

WEST MEMPHIS. Two police officers were killed and the local sheriff and deputy were wounded in shootouts following an Interstate 40 traffic stop. The motorists, a father and son steeped in anti-government beliefs, were killed in the shootouts.

SEN. BLANCHE LINCOLN. Expecting to win renomination without a runoff, she found herself in a runoff battle with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, on the wrong side of momentum and stripped of much of her once-huge campaign treasury.

GOV. MIKE BEEBE.
Loss of Medicaid funding and continued allegations of mistreatment by staff forced him to close the Human Development Center at Alexander. What took so long?

NORTH LITTLE ROCK. The city has offered only a fig leaf to the North Little Rock School Board to get the Board to drop its lawsuit over an illegal tax increment finance district. (See Max Brantley's column.)

The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT. It went to federal court to object to the state's refusal to address the segregation encouraged by state approval of open enrollment charter schools in Pulaski County. Bad news? Yes, even if legally justified. It means more bad PR for the district. A long court fight might limit charters but it won't force parents back into a district whose administration is not moving aggressively to fix schools that need fixing.

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