April 29 – May 5, 2009
It was a GOOD week for …
JUSTICE. The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down parts of the state “tort reform” law, which had been enacted by the legislature to make it harder for injured parties to win lawsuits against civil wrongdoers.
ATHLETICS AND ACADEMICS. The University of Arkansas athletic department donated $1 million to UA academic programs. A new contract for the televising of Razorback football and basketball games made the gift possible.
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. State Rep. Richard Carroll of North Little Rock, the only Green Party member of the legislature, converted to the Democrats. He was said to be the highest-ranking Green Party elected official in the United States. And, in Washington, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania switched from Republican to Democrat.
It was a BAD week for …
THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS. Again. UCA's troubles continued, a state audit revealing that the university and an advertising agency apparently had converted public funds to private funds. Auditors said the findings would be turned over to the prosecuting attorney. A UCA vice president was fired after the audit was made public.
ALPHA PHI ALPHA. The fraternity was suspended from UCA for three years because of hazing.
CIRCUIT JUDGE WILLARD PROCTOR JR. A state judicial discipline commission conducted a week-long hearing on alleged misconduct by Proctor.
MAXINE AND HOMER BOOSE. The Little Rock couple woke up to find that practically their whole yard had caved in after a night of heavy rain. The Boose home sits atop a city storm drain. City officials were investigating the incident.
RECESSION. State general revenue collections for April were $47 million less than for April 2008. The director of the state Department of Finance and Administration predicted that things would get worse before they got better.