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KRIS BAKER. Seven months after President Obama nominated her to fill a vacancy for a federal judgeship for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Baker was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She had bipartisan support, but her confirmation had been hung up with dozens of others by a Republican blockade.

FRED SMITH. The former Harlem Globetrotter and former state representative, who resigned from the House after a felony conviction and who lost a court challenge by the Democratic Party after the party refused to allow him to file this year, has been nominated as the Green Party candidate for the state House.

SEN. STEPHANIE FLOWERS. The Pine Bluff state senator reached a settlement agreement for undisclosed relief with the city of Pine Bluff, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Pine Bluff police officer over her stop by police when she and a friend tried to drive to her home near the UAPB football stadium in 2007. The street was blocked because of game day traffic, but Flowers had a pass from UAPB, as other neighbors did. Despite that, she said Officer Sam Atkinson pulled his service revolver and stopped her and a friend, Linda Townsend.

It was a bad week for...

SCOTT ROUSSEL. The UCA board member, under fire for his role in behind-the-scenes dealing on a contract extension, including some front money, with Aramark, UCA's food service contractor, finally resigned from the board.

BRIAN ROOT. The Toad Suck Daze Festival in Conway banned Root from participating in its annual stuck-on-a-truck contest because he's reputedly a professional "handathoner." He's believed to go around the country competing in contests in which the winner is the last person to take his hand off the prize — a new pickup in the case of the Toad Suck festival.

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