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Monday, April 30, 2012

Open the line

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Sorry about the late open line. After a deadly dull day, things started happening, the phone started ringing and, well, here I am still: Final notes:

* JUSTICE IN TEXAS: A federal judge appointed by George W. Bush says Texas can't cut Planned Parenthood out of a health care program for needy women.

* COMCAST COMES THROUGH: We've written previously about complaints that Comcast had failed to deliver on promised low-cost Internet service for families with school children. This was part of the promise it made after taking over NBC. The Coalition of Little Rock Neighborhoods has partnered with the Little Rock School District and Comcast to make this happen. Families can sign up for low-cost service ($9.95 a month) and a low-cost refurbished computer for qualifying families from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at Henderson Middle School. Child care will be available. For more information on Computer Power Day call 501-447-1311.

* THE DESEG CASE ROLLS ON: The three Pulaski school districts filed briefs in federal court today opposing state efforts to end funding for desegregation in the county, particularly magnet and interdistrict schools. One wrinkle: The Pulaski School District, now in state receivership and with the state education director acting as its "school board," said it supported creation of a Jacksonville-area school district, something long sought by residents there, as a means to help the district desegregate.

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