I'm outta here shortly. The line is open. Closing out:
* LOTTERY JUDGE RECUSES: Latest development in the contested $1 million lottery ticket dispute. The Searcy judge who ruled for a woman who claimed to be the real owner and then invalidated that decision has recused from hearing a retrial of the case. I think that was a good call given the weirdness to date.
* DON'T BELIEVE YOUR LYIN' EYES AND EARS: Lawyer for cop accused of participating in marijuana operation says don't believe all the evidence — tapes and stuf. His client is innocent. No developments today on the obvious question these arrests raise: Did they have confederates on the police force? I think Chief Thomas will go where the evidence leads, based on action so far.
* MAKE RIVERFEST WORTHWHILE: If you go to Riverfest, you should encounter canvassers with petitions for the ethics initiative. Sign one, please. If the Chamber of Commerce doesn't have its initimidators out, you also might meet people with petitions for the severance tax increase. Sign it, too. Let the people vote.
* WHEN THEY SAY IT'S NOT ABOUT RACE .... Arkansas writer Suzi Parker comments in the Washington Post on President Obama's so-so showing in the Democratic presidential primary in Arkansas. "....racism runs deep in Arkansas." Uh, yeah.
* SEX TRAFFICKING INDICTMENT NAMES LITTLE ROCK: A national sex-trafficking ring headed by a violent pimp, headquartered in Little Rock? That's what it says here in news about an Iowa indictment. Those accused, including a Hot Springs woman, supposedly used on-line advertising to find prostitutes and advertise for business. They worked nationally. Recruits allegedly included a 17-year-old homeless girl who worked in Little Rock. Women were abused and threatened to keep them from leaving the business.
* PETITION UPDATE: As I left the office today I encountered a group of young men wearing T-shirts that said, I think, "Keep Your Money in Arkansas." They were paid signature gatherers for the Poker Palace casino amendment. One said he was being paid $1 per signature.