July 9-15, 2008
It was a good week for …
MASS TRANSIT. Suburban cities in Central Arkansas have begun to research mass transit for their bedroom community workers. Here's a better idea for the workers. Move closer to your jobs.
GREEN ACRES. A group of Arkansas agencies announced a push to promote “agritourism” — markets, tours, hayrides and perhaps even vacations on Arkansas farms. Calling Arnold Ziffle.
INSIDER TRADING. North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays moved to give the Arkansas Travelers baseball team control over public land for its private parking and the Argenta News website disclosed that taxpayers are paying half the cost of valet parking service at the ballclub's fancy Valentine's restaurant.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK MAYOR PAT HAYS. He finally gave in to location of a temporary day shelter for the homeless in North Little Rock, perhaps because Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola indicated he's nearing a permanent solution for a center in the capital city.
It was a bad week for …
UCA PRESIDENT LU HARDIN. Questions arose about the legality of using public money for a $100,000 bonus Hardin received in 2007, as well as a $300,000 payment this year. UCA Trustee Rush Harding donated $100,000 to clear up questions about the 2007 payment.
MATT JONES. The former Hog quarterback was busted while chopping cocaine in a car on Fayetteville's Dickson Street. A family spokesman said Jones wasn't responsible for the six grams of cocaine found near him and said they hoped to make a “positive” of the felony arrest. Jones was already in hot water with the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars, where his performance had been lackluster.
The BEEBE ADMINISTRATION. They took former first lady Janet Huckabee's name off the Grand Hall in the Governor's Mansion, then were forced to say the hall still bore her name, despite little outward evidence of that. The Beebe administration will call it simply the Grand Hall, whatever the name.