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TECH PARK PROGRESS. The interminable search for a location for the Little Rock Technology Park could be nearing the end. The Park Authority board selected three sites to consider: Main Street downtown, land at Interstate 630 and University Avenue currently occupied by Sears, and land adjacent to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock that Chancellor Joel Anderson recently proposed. At the current rate of progress, a site will be selected in 2015.

ANTI-ABORTION STATE LEGISLATORS. Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford said he wouldn't award a contract to Planned Parenthood to help publicize the state's new subsidized health coverage. Planned Parenthood is particularly well suited through its broad-based health offerings to reach people, particularly lower-income people, who might benefit from coverage. The work had nothing to do with abortion. Abortion wouldn't have been mentioned. But anti-abortion legislators are on a crusade to put Planned Parenthood out of business because it has clinics that provide abortion (in Arkansas, only through pharmaceutical means). THE LEGACY OF THE LITTLE ROCK NINE. The Little Rock Nine Foundation, established in 1997, announced the establishment of a scholarship fund at the Clinton School of Public Service.

SPREADING WOO PIG SOOIE FEVER. The University of Arkansas announced a discovery by campus biological researchers: a new organism said to be useful in understanding the evolution of animals and fungi. Researchers named it Pygsuia biforma after the cheer.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS. A legislative auditing committee ran UA officials through the wringer at a hearing on an audit of the university's advancement division. Under oath, recently fired UA spokesman John Diamond told legislators that some key documents related to the advancement division's budget deficit may have been ordered destroyed by Chancellor David Gearhart. Gearhart called the allegations "astounding" and "absurd." At the conclusion of the meeting, legislators voted to have the state's audit team look more deeply into the advancement division.

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