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Light up the night



The Friday night line begins. Final thoughts:

* HAWKER BEECHCRAFT LAYOFFS: Roby Brock at Talk Business says layoffs are coming worldwide at the aircraft manufacturer, which has a big Little Rock operation. Channel 7 updates, says Little Rock workers have been told to expect layoff notices. How many of the 500 there is unknown.

* THREATENING LETTERS: The FBI is now on the case of more than 30 threatening letters — containing a white powder that has proved to be not hazarouds — sent to various people and institutions in Siloam Springs.

* FLUORIDATING FORT SMITH: Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a state law requiring water systems of a certain size to put fluoride in their water is constitutional. State Rep. Denny Altes had questioned the constitutionality because Fort Smith voters had twice voted against fluoride treatment. No, Denny, and Fort Smith can't secede either. Much as we might wish to give you to Oklahoma.

* #OCCUPYTHEKOCHS: That's the hash tag on Twitter tonight for a 99 percenter demonstration outside the gala celebration by the Koch billionaires' front group, Americans for Prosperity. They're partying like monarchs in Washington today.

* SCHOOLS EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS: The National Center for Educational Achievements has released its list of Arkansas schools (83) that are exceeding expectations on certain standardized test scores. They are scoring better than schools with similar populations, such as high percentages of poor students. Here's the list itself. The organization singled out Weaver Elementary in West Memphis and DeQueen Elementary for high achievement despite a majority of economically disadvantged students.

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