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Former KTHV on-air personality and Little Rock native Abby Gregory will star in a new television show that debuts on The Outdoor Channel in late December.
According to Chris Chaffin, the senior director of public relations and conservation at the network, the show will be called "Crossing Country." Gregory will be joined by Tara Darby and Brandi Trentham for episodes about (according to the official description) "Three raucous, sexy girls driving a four-wheel-drive SUV across America in search of every hair-raising, male-dominated, red-blooded outdoor activity they can participate in."

Capital improvements


When the Continental Building at Markham and Main comes down next year, an unadorned parking lot won’t take its place. Word has it that Continental Building and Capital Hotel owner Stephens Inc. will create a deeply landscaped parking lot surrounded by iron fencing and lit with gaslights. The idea is that people leaving the Statehouse Convention Center will see green space, not cars. The parking lot will handle guests for the Capital Hotel, which is closed for a facelift and will include a ballroom when it reopens next year.
Where is Iriana's Pizza, now in the Continental Building, going? The latest scuttlebutt is that it may go in the space occupied by Daddy’s Deli between Second and Third on Center St. Daddy’s is moving to Breckenridge Village.

Halter at work


Bill Halter, the Democrat considering a run for governor, was due to file his second exploratory committee finance report Nov. 30, after our deadline. His spokesman Bud Jackson said Halter will report an estimated $142,000 raised during the last month, bringing his cash on hand to an estimated $615,000.

Most of Halter's initial funds continue to come from out-of-state sources. "We're getting our ducks in a row on Arkansas supporters," Jackson said. "We hope to improve on that when and if he becomes a candidate." Halter this week announced a steering committee that includes Little Rock attorney Nate Coulter, former state Democratic Party chairman Ron Oliver, and other former and current Democratic activists.



Lockup dustup


Pulaski Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley has written a frosty letter to state Correction Department Director Larry Norris. Jegley thinks prison officials have been going over court commitment orders with a fine-tooth comb to reject arriving inmates on account of trivial typographical errors.
Jegley’s letter said he believed the scrutiny was a “ruse” by the state to get around its obligation to pay for county jail housing of state inmates who are properly presented to the state prison for commitment within 21 days of a judge’s order.
Jegley says the state has turned down 144 of 2,211 commitments in the last year and that a review by his office found no errors in about half of those rejected. The others were minor errors that could have been quickly fixed with a call to his office, he said. Jegley threatened to seek a contempt of court order if the practice continues.
Prison spokesman Dina Tyler disputed Jegley’s characterization. She said the prisons haven’t been as crowded this year as in some past and that officials weren’t inventing a pretext to deny inmates. “We just have to do it right,” she said. “We’re not trying to stiff anybody.”
As to Jegley’s opinion that the prisons don’t have the power to review a court order independently: “That’s his opinion.”


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