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THE WAR ON WOMEN. Two unconstitutional bills that would curtail women's rights continue to steamroll towards passage in both chambers. Sen. Jason Rapert's bill to ban most abortions beginning in the 12th week of pregnancy and Rep. Andy Mayberry's measure to ban abortion at 20 weeks should head to Gov. Mike Beebe some time this week. Beebe has questioned the constitutionality of both, but hasn't said whether he'll veto them.
SUPPRESSING THE VOTE. A bill by Sen. Bryan King (R-Green Forest) to require voters to present identification at the polls advanced through a Senate committee, despite sharp questioning from Sen. David Johnson (D-Little Rock), who noted the true aim of the bill: suppressing minority and elderly voters.
AN ETHICS COMPROMISE. Rep. Warwick Sabin and Sen. Jon Woods cosponsored a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gifts to legislators, prohibit corporations from making political contributions and establish a two-year period between when a lawmaker leaves office and when he's permitted to become a lobbyist — all measures proposed by the ethics reform group Regnat Populus. Sabin and Woods said they planned to add provisions to the measures to extend term limits and create a commission that would decide when Arkansas's lawmakers and constitutional officers should receive raises.
LEONARD COOPER. The eStem senior won $75,000 on Teen Jeopardy. The turning point for Cooper came after trailing on the second day of the game show, when he picked a Daily Double and wagered nearly all of his money. His clue was "In Reginald Rose's play 'Twelve Angry Men,' the men are all members of one of these." Would you have known the answer?
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A RESOLUTION ON THE TECH PARK. The board continues to show little enthusiasm for the three non-residential sites proposed for the Little Rock Technology Park, as evidenced by its meeting last week, where chair Dr. Mary Good complained that she wished the engineer's report would have eliminated one or two of the sites. It did not.
PHOTO THIEVES. Two former employees of the North Little Rock-based Rogers Photo Archives pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer, the two men diverted funds from customers of the Rogers Archive to their personal PayPal accounts. Police recovered more than 100,000 stolen photographs at the North Little Rock home of one of the men.