The line is open. Close-outs:
* 4th DISTRICT: Perhaps you have a Democratic nominee, now that Rep. Mike Ross has said he won't seek re-election in 2012. Sitting out while awaiting his 2014 gubernatorial race gives Ross time to reinvent himself as a Democrat. His desertion won't be soon forgotten, because a new Democrat faces a tall climb in holding the seat. Names? Gene Jeffress, Larry Teague, Chris Thomason, Conner Eldridge and more are being mentioned. Heard of them? UPDATE: Add Carlton Jones, recently elected prosecutor in Texarkana, to the list.
* VALEDICTORIAN DISPUTE: A federal lawsuit has been filed claiming the McGehee school district failed to designate the top secondary student as valedictorian because she is black. The school is majority white. The lawsuit said the girl's mother was prevented from taking her complaint to the School Board.
* TRIPLE SHOOTING: Two women were killed and a third wounded in a shooting at a Fort Smith apartment complex, 40/29 reports.
* PAROLE BOARD: Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed Richard Brown of Little Rock, who has been the director of minority affairs for the governor, to succeed Leroy Brownlee on the state Parole Board. His past experience includes 18 years as an ABC investigator and on staffs of U.S. Sen. David Pryor and the attorney general. The job pays around $90,000. CORRECTION: Though Brown replaces Brownlee, he won't replace him as chairman. That position went earlier to John Felts.
* RAY WINDER GOODBYE: It's been a while in the making, but a UA Board of Trustees committee tomorrow is to take up purchase three acres from the State Hospital and Human Services, land once used by the Arkansas Travelers baseball park. UAMS earlier struck a $1.1 million deal to buy the portion of the park owned by the city of Little Rock.