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THE ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER. The Walton Family Foundation pledged to give the Arts Center $1 million over 10 years.

MITT ROMNEY. He raised more than $2 million at private fundraising events in downtown Little Rock. According to U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, that's a GOP record in Arkansas.

STAN WITT. Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Witt, a 27-year veteran of the State Police, as the new director of the department. He succeeds State Police Director J.R. Howard, who will retire after 16 months on the job. Howard, whose resume includes more than 30 years with the State Police, said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

THE LITTLE ROCK ZOO. Sekani, a western lowland gorilla, gave birth to a new as-yet unnamed and unsexed infant on Aug. 19.

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VICTIMS OF TONY ALAMO. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the punitive damages awarded to two men who had sued Tony Alamo (Bernie Lazar Hoffman) and remanded to the district court a verdict imposing $12 million in damages for each plaintiff, "despite the exceptionally reprehensible nature of Alamo's conduct." At 10 times compensatory damages, the court wrote, the $30 million each award to Spencer Ondrisek and Seth Calagna for being beaten by Alamo as young boys was unconstitutional. The court let stand $3 million awarded each plaintiff in compensatory damages.

MIKE HUCKABEE. The former Arkansas governor continued to support Missouri Rep. Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin. In a message to his e-mail list he wrote, among other things: "I'm waiting for the apology from whoever the genius was on the high pedestals of our party who thought it wise to not only shoot our wounded, but run over him with tanks and trucks and then feed his body to the liberal wolves."

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