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Good week: the prospects of the Little Rock sales tax proposals 

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THE PROSPECTS OF THE LITTLE ROCK SALES TAX PROPOSALS. A poll commissioned by the Arkansas Times by the polling firm Impact Management suggests broad support for both the 5/8ths of a cent tax for city operations (62 percent for, 27 against) and the 3/8ths of a cent for capital needs (55 percent for, 32 against).

ARKANSAS FOOTBALL. The Razorbacks drubbed the Missouri State Tigers 51-7 in their season opener.

ESCAPING JAIL. Frederick Young, 37, and Joe Patton, 44, both of Little Rock, escaped from the Pulaski County jail Friday night. At press time, they were still at large.

WEATHER. Labor Day Weekend was like heaven for those with time off, with significantly cooler temperatures, a steady breeze and lots of sunshine.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS. The university Board of Trustees voted to buy out the contract of embattled president Allen Meadors after he failed to acknowledge that a gift for presidential house renovation from Aramark was contingent on a new contract for the food service contractor. Meadors will be paid roughly $525,000 in state and private money. Meadors followed the controversial Lu Hardin, who resigned in a bonus scandal that ultimately led to a federal indictment on wire fraud and money laundering, to which he pleaded guilty. General counsel Tom Courtway will serve as interim president, just as he did following Hardin's departure.

STATE REVENUE. Arkansas general revenue dropped about 1 percent in August compared to the same month last year and fell short by $7 million of what the state had forecast. Lower sales tax collections were largely to blame.

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    March 30, 2017
    The sting of the "Grifters in Greenville" incident having finally dissipated somewhat, I am prepared to assess Razorback basketball anew. /more/
  • Tourney time

    March 16, 2017
    Selection Sunday hasn't been a meaningful day very often in recent years for Arkansas. Over the span of a decade, the Hogs knew they were safely within the expanded 68-team field only three times. /more/
  • Hogs going dancing

    March 9, 2017
    Even in a week where a modest winning streak went by the wayside at Gainesville, Arkansas authored one more earnest surge toward an NCAA Tournament berth that not long ago seemed beyond its grasp. /more/
  • Momentum

    February 23, 2017
    Sure, I'd like to think that Pearls About Swine, that modest batch of haphazard prose, had something to do with motivating Arkansas's beleaguered basketball program to rise from a seemingly inestimable late-season swoon to re-emerge in the NCAA Tournament discussion. /more/
  • Critical stretch

    January 19, 2017
    The minute you take a shine to an Arkansas Razorback team is almost assuredly the same minute you have your sanity tested. /more/
  • Solidly second tier

    January 12, 2017
    It only makes sense that in this numbing era of Razorback slip-and-falls, the Hogs could really put vaunted Kentucky to the test at Rupp Arena for a good 30 minutes of action ... and end up losing by 26 points. /more/
  • Changes needed

    January 5, 2017
    Those who have read this column with some degree of regularity know that I've held fast to the belief that Bret Bielema can and will revive the Arkansas football program. /more/
  • Belk bowling, b-ball

    December 8, 2016
    Before Pearls breaks its brief silent treatment about Razorback basketball's latest bid to shake off listless irrelevance, we'll spend a word or two on the Belk Bowl, where the football team draws a Dec. 29 matchup with Virginia Tech in Charlotte. /more/
  • Woeful

    December 1, 2016
    On Thanksgiving night, Bret Bielema could settle into his bed knowing that after a rather miserable 2013 inauguration, he had slipped comfortably into his job and the results were bearing some small but edible fruits for this ravenous fan base. He was only 25-24, but 18-10 with two bowl wins over his last 28 contests, a smattering of takedowns of ranked teams, and a stabilized roster that showed off the staff's endeavors to enlist and develop a caliber of player that would lead to better days ahead in a rugged conference. /more/
  • Williams shines

    November 24, 2016
    Alternating wins and losses has been the pattern behavior of Arkansas's 2016 season as it draws to its terminus. So after the Hogs gave their most listless and disappointing home effort in a good while against LSU, why wouldn't they just explode all over the cowbell-clanging din in Starkville the next time out? /more/
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