APRIL 14-20, 2010
IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
CHILDREN. A circuit judge struck down a voter-approved law that prohibited unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children. The law was aimed primarily at homosexual couples. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said the law infringed on “the fundamental right to privacy guaranteed to all citizens of Arkansas.”
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY, which received a $2 million gift from Therral and Jan Story of Magnolia, SAU's largest gift ever from individuals, and
THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS, completely and pleasantly surprised by receiving a $750,000 posthumous grant from an alumna, Wylena “Billye” Hayward, who'd spent most of her life out of state and had little contract with the university since she graduated in 1940.
THE PULASKI COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. It finally got a new superintendent, Charles L. Hopson, an Arkansas native who's been a deputy superintendent in Portland, Ore. (Otherwise, however, disagreements among school board members raged on.)
LITTLE ROCK. The city revealed it ended 2009 in the black, the first time that's happened in three years.
COIN COLLECTORS. The new Hot Springs quarter was released at a ceremony on Central Avenue. It's the first in a series planned by the U.S. Mint to honor national parks and historic sites.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
LAW ENFORCEMENT. The state agency that keeps drivers' records said that only 11 convictions for texting while driving had been reported statewide since the no-texting law took effect more than six months earlier. Police officers said it's often hard to tell whether someone is texting or not.
FORMER ALLTEL EMPLOYEES. Verizon Wireless officials announced they've cut 600 jobs in Arkansas since buying Alltel in January 2009.
ARKANSAS. Any week is a bad week when Dick Morris slimes in. He spoke at Tea Party rallies.