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ARKANSAS VOTERS. Circuit Judge Tim Fox struck down the 2013 Voter ID law because it unconstitutionally adds requirements to be eligible to vote, specifically production of approved forms of ID.

SEN. JOHN BOOZMAN. He was released from a Rogers hospital Sunday following successful heart surgery April 22.

KEEPING THE BUFFALO RIVER CLEAN. The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission granted petitions to begin the rulemaking process to prohibit new controlled animal feeding operations in the Buffalo National River Watershed.

It was a bad week for...

WEATHER. A massive tornado killed 15 people, injured hundreds and caused millions of dollars in property damage. Especially hard hit were two cities that are no stranger to catastrophe — Mayflower, site of last year's oil spill, and Vilonia, which was severely damaged by storms three years ago.

SECRETARY OF STATE MARK MARTIN. Filings in a still-pending lawsuit challenging the Voter ID law (separate from the suit that prompted Circuit Judge Tim Fox to strike down the law) show that Martin wants to pry into the private lives of plaintiffs in the lawsuit. A defendant in the case, Martin is seeking access to medical benefit, tax and other records of the plaintiffs. Jeff Priebe, attorney in the lawsuit, has filed a motion to quash the subpoenas.

PHILIP HOLTHOFF. The Star City social studies teacher was suspended from school after Southern Poverty Law Center's Hate Watch website reported that his writing, under a pseudonym, appears on a white supremacist website.

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