June 10-16, 2009
It was a GOOD week for …
DR. ALLEN C. MEADORS. The University of Central Arkansas alumnus, currently leader of a University of North Carolina branch campus, was picked by the UCA Board of Trustees to be the school's next president.
HIGH PAYING JOBS. Ernie Passailaigue, the $324,000-per-year chief of the Arkansas lottery, said he anticipated hiring a couple of vice presidents at $200,000 a year to help him run the operation.
It was a BAD week for …
ABDUL-HAKIM MUHAMMAD. Until a judge ordered him deprived of phone privileges, the man accused of shooting two soldiers in Little Rock made repeat calls to reporters to take credit for the shootings and even justify them as a response to U.S. treatment of Muslims in the Middle East.
The STATE CRIME LAB. A legislative audit found vague policies for prioritizing workload at the lab. This lends credence to questions raised after speedy work on evidence in the high profile slaying of a Little Rock TV anchor while other cases had languished for months. The terrible irony: One of the languishing rape cases, had it been pursued more quickly, might have led to an arrest of a suspect before the same man allegedly beat TV anchor Anne Pressly.
SENS. BLANCHE LINCOLN and MARK PRYOR. They both pronounced the Employee Free Choice Act effectively dead in interviews with a Searcy newspaper. Fair treatment for working stiffs? Not if the chamber of commerce says no.
HEIFER INTERNATIONAL. The Little Rock-based relief organization had to lay off 28 Little Rock workers, among 230 worldwide, in budget cuts aimed at meeting reduced charitable giving.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK MAYOR PAT HAYS. He continues to shill for the natural gas industry. He forced another delay in purchase of new Central Arkansas Transit buses in hopes of talking the agency into more expensive purchases of buses run on natural gas.