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DR. JOHNNY MOORE. The Old Washington native and Philander Smith College graduate was named as president of Philander. Moore is currently executive vice president of student affairs at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. He succeeds Dr. Walter Kimbrough, who's moving to lead Dillard University in New Orleans.
TIMOTHY HOWARD. The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered a further hearing on the DNA claim of Howard, a Death Row inmate, that state suppression of critical problems with DNA evidence prejudiced his trial. Howard was convicted in Little River County in 1998 of the slayings of Brian and Shannon Day and sentenced to die.
JOE FRANCIS. The smut king behind "Girls Gone Wild" got plenty of publicity out of a report he put out saying he'd bought an internship with Sen. Mark Pryor off an online auction site. Los Angeles financier Chad Brownstein, who has contributed to Pryor campaigns, eventually owned up to the intern fund-raising idea. He said he didn't clear it with Pryor first and always assumed it would be subject to clearance on the winner.
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THE ARKANSAS LOTTERY. State Rep. John Walker of Little Rock, who is also a lawyer, filed a lawsuit in Pulaski Circuit Court alleging that tampering with lottery scratch-off tickets created a situation in which an unknown number of gamblers could have been sold $20 scratch-off tickets without a chance of winning. The suit alleges that Arkansas Lottery Commission officials were informed of the tampering scheme, but tried to hush the plaintiff up by giving him some lottery merchandise and even free lottery tickets.
SEN. JOYCE ELLIOTT. The Little Rock legislator resigned her $80,000 job as executive director of a public-private consortium hoping to build a Harlem Children's Zone-type cradle-to-job program for inner city Little Rock known as Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood. Elliott — and, unfortunately, the program itself — has been beset by questions raised about her hiring for the job with UALR, a state agency, as a paying agent. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette first reported that a 1999 state law prohibits the hiring of legislators by state agencies and universities are included in that definition. An alternate plan to have the city of Little Rock pay Elliott was withdrawn, apparently because of the city's reluctance to become enmeshed in the controversy.