No direct to Mex 

The Mexican consulate in Little Rock was recently in discussions about the possibility of direct flights from Little Rock National Airport to Mexico City, but the deal fell through due to a lack of customs facilities at the airport. Airport spokesperson T.J. Williams said that while international air service is "the next logical step for the airport," they currently don't have the facilities to accommodate international travelers.

Williams said timing was more of an issue than the cost of installing a customs checkpoint at the airport. She said that the issue will be revisited once the first phase of terminal expansion at the airport is completed at the end of 2012. Little Rock's loss may be Memphis' gain. Word is that the Memphis International Airport may soon announce direct flights between Memphis and Mexico City.

Family Council cutback

The Family Council, a conservative Christian lobbying organization, has parted ways with long-time staff attorney Martha Adcock. Family Council executive director Jerry Cox says the organization's board of directors, of which he is a part, made the decision to eliminate the position, but he said he couldn't further discuss the personnel decision. He couldn't comment on whether more cuts are planned.

Adcock has been with the group since 1995. Her name came up in a February 2009 Times cover story on Cox and the Family Council, written by Doug Smith.

"A man who's been lobbied many times by Cox, and who almost never agrees with him, says, 'Given that his positions are based on hate and intolerance, it's amazing what a gracious person he is. His woman lawyer is not so gracious. She'll get in your face.' "

The news that fits

The Insider reported last week on the marriage in Argentina of a former North Little Rock man in one of the first marriages of an American man under the country's new law allowing same-sex marriage. The item mentioned that the couple had been unable to place a wedding notice in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, but we hadn't heard back then on our question about the newspaper's policy.

Deputy Editor Frank Fellone's response to the question arrived after publication. It was this: "We publish marriages that are recognized as legal in Arkansas. To my knowledge, same-sex marriage is not recognized in Arkansas as legal."

To fill the gap in Arkansas, the Times has offered to publish notices of marriages recognized as legal in other states and countries, though not in Arkansas.


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