March 4-10, 2009
It was a GOOD week for …
HEAT. The temp rose to a record 84 in Little Rock on Sunday, causing air conditioners to crank all over town. Good thing it wasn't LR Marathon day.
DRINKING. The legislature approved a bill extending Sunday drinking hours from 10 a.m. to midnight, an extra four hours of Sunday swilling.
The UCA BOARD OF TRUSTEES. It moved to reduce the buyout of former President Lu Hardin's contract and end a tuition waiver deal for trustees' families. It also curbed presidential discretionary scholarships.
DAVID PRYOR. Add another important public job to the resume of the former governor and senator. Gov. Mike Beebe appointed him to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.
It was a BAD week for …
The HOGS. The UA men's basketball team finished SEC play with a perfect record on the road — not a single win.
OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY. It announced a cut in job and staff work hours to cover a budget shortfall.
PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY. Legislation sponsored by a gun instructor to close the list of concealed weapon permit holders appeared headed to speedy adoption.
EXPLOSIVES. Federal agents arrested Dr. Randeep Mann, who practices in Russellville, for possession of unregistered grenades. He apparently had the right paperwork for a grenade launcher and some of more than 100 machine guns. No connection has been suggested, but it was noted that Mann has been disciplined and is under current investigation by the state Medical Board over drug prescription practices. The chairman of the board was seriously injured recently in a bombing. Tipped by the Arkansas Times, the State Police also suspended Mann's concealed weapon permit pending completion of the federal case.