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The Week That Was April 19-24

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APRIL 19 -– 25
IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

OLD SOLDIERS FADING AWAY. Maj. Gen. Don C. Morrow, 63, announced his retirement as Arkansas’s adjutant general. Gov. Mike Huckabee said he’d announce Morrow’s successor within a month.

LITERATURE. Sizeable crowds turned out for the third annual Arkansas Literary Festival, held in the River Market District, and heard from big-name writers like Garry Wills.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FORT SMITH. First Bank Corp. pledged $1 million to the UAFS College of Business.

PAYING UP. Descendants of Archibald Yell — an Arkansas governor and congressman in the first half of the 19th century — paid a 160-year-old, $50 debt to the city of Yellville. According to local legend, Yell had promised the town fathers the money if they’d change the name from Shawneetown to Yellville. He was killed in the Mexican War with the debt unpaid.

IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

HOMICIDE. Little Rock recorded its 22nd murder of the year on April 23. In 2005, the city had 9 homicides through all of April. It finished the year with 41. In the city’s record year — 1993, with 76 homicides — the 22nd homicide occurred on April 28.

GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE. The legislature overrode his veto of a $570,303 appropriation for specialists to improve science education in elementary schools.

DISCLOSURE. The state Ethics Commission said that issue groups like Arkansas Right to Life don’t have to disclose their finances to regulators if their ads stop short of calling for the election or defeat of particular candidates.

ENERGY COSTS. Sandra Hochstetter, chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, told a forum on energy costs, “The middle income is sinking to the low income in this country, largely because of energy issues. I’m convinced we’re going to a two-class system.”

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