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BIG TRUCKS. The Arkansas Legislature adjourned without lifting a sales tax break enacted in the previous session in return for support, later withdrawn, of a diesel tax increase, costing the state around $4 million.

CHAD GRIFFIN. The Hope native and the strategist behind the successful lawsuit to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban was selected as president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the country.

CODE ENFORCEMENT. The city began proceedings to close the roach-infested Heritage House Inn two days after a missing 5-year-old girl was found abandoned there in room containing drug paraphernalia. In January, a man witnesses said was smoking crack in one of the rooms was fatally shot during an attempted robbery, and police calls to the hotel have been numerous.

HYPOCRISY. Lt. Gov. Mark Darr told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's new website on consumer issues,, was self-serving because McDaniel's picture appears on the website. On Tuesday, a survey of Mark Darr's own taxpayer-funded website revealed five slots for photos and video of Darr.

REUSE OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS. The Hale Bathhouse on Hot Springs' Bathouse Row has been leased to the Muses Creative Artistry Project for the project's Three Arts Café and Book Store, and the Superior Bathhouse in Hot Springs will be transformed into a brew pub.

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LANCE HINES. Hines, the successor to consensus-builder Michael Keck on the Little Rock City Board, has apparently decided his first signature issue should be making something out of the little Occupy Little Rock camp downtown. He wants it gone, he told the Democrat-Gazette. If people really are looking hard at it after they cross the I-30 bridge, as Hines suggests, they aren't driving safely.

FRED SMITH. The state Democratic Party decided that the former representative from Crawfordsville was ineligible to run for the state House of Representatives because of his conviction on a felony charge of theft of property delivered by mistake.

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