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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 17:42:37

Amendment handicapping

Roby Brock at Talk Business handicaps tomorrow's committee session that could choose three constitutional amendments for the ballot.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 17:09:42

The line is open

And I'm heading home.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 15:42:21

All we have to fear ...

UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson sent a note around to the campus about a recent robbery.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 15:42:21

All we have to fear ...

UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson sent a note around to the campus about a recent robbery.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 15:27:37

Go green

On the jump, some details on key committee meetings tomorrow on energy legislation still alive -- one to provide weatherization rebates, the other a much broader initiative aimed at system-wide conservation.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 14:11:39

Spend a lot, save a little

I'm a skeptic about sales tax holidays as economic stimulus. Maybe they have some marginal benefit in border towns (as if Texarkana needs more tax breaks) with major retail centers nearby that have well-publicized existing sales tax holidays.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 14:04:30

Conflict of interest R Us

Rep. Kathy Webb got her vote today on the modest bill to discourage state board members (through fines) from voting on matters on which they KNOW they or family or employer have a financial conflict of interest.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 14:04:30

Conflict of interest R Us

Rep. Kathy Webb got her vote today on the modest bill to discourage state board members (through fines) from voting on matters on which they KNOW they or family or employer have a financial conflict of interest.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 13:14:27

Grading the schools

Arkansas public school report cards are going out. They include a new measure intended to show how each public school does in advancing students' knowledge from one year to the next.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 12:04:39

No more coal

Sierra Club reports on new government study: Washington, DC: The government found no need for scores of new coal plants currently on the drawing board, according to the Annual Energy Outlook report issued by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) today.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 11:50:31

Gun beat surprise

The bill to close the records of concealed weapon permit holders in Arkansas? It hit a speed bump in Senate committee today.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 11:14:45

Hard times, part umpteen

Word travels fast. Before there'd been a formal announcement in-house here, calls came in about budget cutting underway at the Arkansas Times.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 11:14:45

Hard times, part umpteen

Word travels fast. Before there'd been a formal announcement in-house here, calls came in about budget cutting underway at the Arkansas Times.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 10:48:18

USA Today departure

Craig Moon, the publisher of USA Today, is leaving to pursue other opportunities at age 59.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 10:45:55

Moon blows up USAT, repeats LR exit

Craig Moon, the Gannettoid "publisher" sent in to preside over the death of the Arkansas Gazette (when not out jogging with female employees), has presided over the decline of the chain's flagship, USA Today, and now wants to leave.Jim Hopkins' Gannett Blog reports: I have been informed of an extraordinary power shift at the nation's top-circulation newspaper: Publisher Craig Moon has just announced his retirement, in a memo sent to employees moments ago.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 10:20:02

Casino initiative

A Texas man who's submitted multiple ballot issue proposals to allow casino gambling in Arkansas has had his latest idea certified as to form by the attorney general.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 10:10:06

The greening of Arkansas

Don't hold your breath. The environment is a low priority in a state where the controlling powers are bent on killing us with more coal-fired power plants.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 08:33:57

Close, but it doesn't float

In an article about a mysterious fireball in the skies above the U.S. East Coast that is believed to have been caused by parts of a Russian Soyuz rocket, an official was quoted: Chester said that U.S. Space Surveillance Network had not yet confirmed that this was the case, but said that he was "99 and four one-hundredths [percent] convinced that this is what it is." Chester was probably too young to recall that his slightly impure estimate derives from an old 1940s Ivory Soap radio commercial that said Ivory is "99 and 44 one hundredths percent pure — it floats."

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 06:15:35

UCA's new math

Readers here have long cast doubts on the program. But audits reported this morning in the Democrat-Gazette are now confirming that concurrent enrollment -- colleges counting high school students in special classes -- cost UCA money.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 06:15:35

UCA's new math

Readers here have long cast doubts on the program. But audits reported this morning in the Democrat-Gazette are now confirming that concurrent enrollment -- colleges counting high school students in special classes -- cost UCA money.

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