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COON DOG JUSTICE. A Lincoln County jury awarded $145,000 to a man whose hunting dog was shot dead while on a leash after treeing a coon on another man's land. The jury awarded $5,000 for personal injury; $25,000 for the tort of outrage; $5,000 for destruction of personal property, and $100,000 in punitive damages.

A NAME CHANGE. Tea Party Republican Conrad Reynolds, a 2nd District congressional candidate who legally changed his name to Colonel just in time for the May primary, said the name change was rooted in a desire to rid himself of a name that sounded like that of a girl. No, Conrad doesn't sound like a girl's name. But that was not his given name. It was Conald, shortened to Connie, a name he didn't like and so he began calling himself Conrad, after the actor Robert Conrad. The timing of the name change was just coincidental, he said.

TIMOTHY BROOKS. The U.S. Senate broke filibuster and confirmed the presidential appointment of Brooks, a Fayetteville lawyer, to a federal district judgeship. The nomination had been pending for months, delayed by a general Republican roadblock to judicial confirmation.

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ASA HUTCHINSON. After the Arkansas Education Association, which represents 12,000 school teachers and school staffers, endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross, Hutchinson derided the AEA as an affiliate of the "left-leaning" National Education Association and said the endorsement put Ross in a league with Barack Obama and union bosses. Hutchinson had earlier sought the endorsement of the AEA.

CIRCUIT JUDGE MIKE MAGGIO. He announced his withdrawal from the Arkansas Court of Appeals race because of reporting on his injudicious comments on Tiger Droppings, an LSU fan website. He acknowledged the comments and, while saying he took "full responsibility," he nonetheless invoked the "politics of personal destruction" in his downfall.

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