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The Week That Was, April 28-May 4

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IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

JOBS. Welspun, which has a year-old pipemaking plant in Little Rock, announced a 230-job expansion.

JUDICIAL ETHICS. The state Supreme Court rejected Willard Proctor's argument that judges couldn't be permanently prevented from seeking judicial office on account of ethical violations, such as those that got him removed as circuit judge. Had Proctor succeeded, it would have gutted the judicial discipline process.

DIRTY POLITICS. Sen. Blanche Lincoln and allies in secretive special interest groups unloaded dishonest and ugly advertising on opponent Bill Halter. The strategy seemed to reflect desperation over his rising poll numbers.

BACKROOM DEALS.
The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees has been talking privately about a successor for retiring UA System President Alan Sugg. G. David Gearhart, chancellor at the Fayetteville campus, is a prime candidate. (See Max Brantley's column.)


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

WEATHER. A tornado took one life and caused other injuries and significant damages when it hit Scotland in Van Buren County. Violent storms touched many other parts of the state during the week.

VOTING. Early voting began and light turnout seemed to confirm tepid interest in the races.

CLOSURE. A Clarksville jury couldn't reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared in the state's second attempt to convict someone in the murder of Nona Dirksmeyer of Russellville. The defense threw suspicion on the first suspect acquitted in the case.

GOING TO COURT.
The state won't budge on the Little Rock School District's objections to segregation caused by state creation of open enrollment charter schools in Pulaski County. It sounds like a judge, not negotiations, will be required to settle the ancient desegregation lawsuit for good.

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