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ICE CREAM FANS. Schulze and Burch Biscuit Co., out of Chicago, purchased all important Yarnell's ice cream assets during an auction. The company said it hopes to bring Yarnell's back into production.
RISING THE FOOTBALL COACH LADDER. After winning 10 games in his first year, head coach Hugh Freeze left Arkansas State for a $1.5 million guaranteed salary to serve in the same capacity at Ole Miss. Meanwhile, former University of Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee agreed to become head coach at the University of Alabama Birmingham, where he's likely to make at least $425,000.
HIGH-TECH GAMBLING. Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs announced that when racing season begins Jan. 13 people with smart phones will be able to wager on their smart phones.
HOG CENSORSHIP. UA Athletic Director Jeff Long said he complained to the SEC because CBS replayed Bobby Petrino's cursing of Les Miles during the LSU game.
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STATE CONTROL. Because of opposition from Arkansas Republicans on anything having to do with the Affordable Care Act, the federal government will run Arkansas's health insurance exchanges should the legislation not be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. According to Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford, the move could cost the state millions depending on how the program works.
FLEEING FROM THE COURTROOM. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Barry Sims came to the aid of a bailiff who was trying to subdue an inmate attempting escape by bopping the inmate on the head with his gavel.
WORKING ARKANSANS. Sen. John "Dr. No" Boozman not only voted against President Obama's plan to extend the payroll tax cut, he voted against a Republican alternative as well.