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The Arkansas Code Revision Commission had to have an emergency session last week to clean up an error in a 2007 law intended to clarify the age of consent for marriage. Where the law had once allowed women to marry as young as 16 and men at 17 – with parental consent – the new law, which takes effect July 31, makes 18 the age of consent. But an exception was provided for women younger than 18 who are pregnant. Unfortunately, the erroneous placement of a couple of “nots” before pregnant in the new statute had the unintended consequence of allowing marriage to anyone, no matter how young, as long as parents of both “bride” and “groom” consented. Given the acceptance of arranged child marriages in some cultures, the prospect caused a minor uproar. But the commission made editing changes and sponsors are confident the original intent was preserved in time for Arkansas code supplements now at the printer.

Coaching pay

The American Association of University Professors has compiled data comparing football coaches' pay with that of university professors and presidents. You'll have to go to our print edition to get the full details, but our analysis shows the University of Arkansas football coach, on average, does better than football coaches elsewhere in the country against faculty and president pay.

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