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Data digging to make government more transparent

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The Times' collection of searchable databases, which already includes salary information on all Little Rock and Pulaski County government employees, continues to expand at www.arktimes.com/data. There you'll also find salary information for the city of Fayetteville, a list of all state agency cell phone expenditures and a list of license plate numbers for all state legislators and constitutional officers. It's all part of an effort to make government more transparent. As far as the license plates go, the next time you see a big honkin' truck blow by (think Lt. Gov. Mark Darr), or the next time you're passed by a speedy sports car (remember "Fireball" Bruce Holland?) or if your front end is clipped while driving past the Capital Bar and Grill after a Bourbon and Bacon dinner, you'll be able to visit the Times online, find out where to direct your ire and air your displeasure in the comments section.

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