Items worth noting this morning.
* SLOT MACHINE EXPANSION AT OAKLAWN
: A business owner's appeal of an expansion plan at the Oaklawn casino
in Hot Springs was rejected in a 6-0 vote last night by the Hot Springs Board of Directors.
He feared restaurant competition from the racino. A major addition of slot machines and gambling tables will come with the expansion. Noted: Mayor Ruth Carney
abstained from the vote, according to the Channel 11 report.
* RUNOFF FOR LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL BOARD
: Incumbent Tommy Branch
was defeated in a bid for election to his appointed seat on the Little Rock School Board last night. Tara Shephard
and Florene Armstrong
will have a runoff for the seat.
Full results here in voting in Little Rock and North Little Rock districts.
* OVERPASS PROTEST:
If you note some signs being waved on the Jonesboro Drive overpass of I-630 by the Zoo this morning, keep your mind on your driving. But note that it's a Democratic Party protest of U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin's
unwillingness to commit to keep the government operating and paying its bills. His reluctance is a last-ditch effort to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act
. Griffin is not alone among the Arkansas delegation, of course. U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton
has also signaled repeatedly that he think a dose of shutdown, debt default medicine would be good for the U.S. Griffin signed a letter
expressing support for a shutdown, which would, among others, bring huge layoffs to Little Rock Air Force Base
, among others.