IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
DON DAVIS. Only hours before his execution was scheduled to take place April 12, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay. The stay will remain in effect at least until a Pulaski circuit judge rules on a lawsuit challenging changes that were made last year to the state law on executions.
HEALTH CARE. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel rejected a proposed ballot measure aimed at thwarting health-care reform. McDaniel said the proposed name and ballot title were vague, partisan and misleading.
CIVIC IMPROVEMENT. The federal Economic Development Administration made a $2 million grant for conversion of the old Rock Island Bridge into a pedestrian/bicycle bridge.
UNION SCHOOLTEACHERS. A Pulaski circuit judge ruled invalid the Pulaski County School Board's vote to discontinue recognition of the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers as the bargaining agent for the school district's teachers.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
WILLARD PROCTOR JR. The former Pulaski circuit judge's constitutional challenge to a law that prevents him from ever again holding judicial office was dismissed by a former colleague, Judge Mackie Pierce. Proctor was removed from office by the Arkansas Supreme Court for ethical violations.
THE ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER. Giving no specific reason, Ellen “Nan” Plummer announced her resignation as executive director of the Arts Center, a job she'd held since November 2002. Attendance has been much less than hoped for the expensive “World of the Pharaohs” exhibit now at the Arts Center for a long-term run.
SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION. Over the objections of the Marion School District, the state Board of Education ordered the consolidation of the 256-student Turrell School District with the 4.028-student Marion District. For the last two years, the Turrell district's enrollment had fallen below the 350 minimum required by state law. The Marion superintendent said his district already had ab-sorbed one smaller district, Crawfordsville in 2004.