IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
THE STATE TREASURY. General revenue for July totaled $401.1 million, an increase of $44 million, or 12.3 percent, over July 2005.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS WATER USERS. The utility Csaid that it didn’t plan to set restrictions on water use, despite the record consumption this summer.
U.S. SEN. MARK PRYOR, who voted against a Republican scheme to combine estate-tax relief for the wealthy with an increase in the minimum wage. The Senate defeated the bill.
EARS. The attorney general’s office said that ear stapling was not considered acupuncture and therefore might require regulation by the state Medical Board.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
GAMBLERS. The state Racing Commission approved regulations for the installation of new gambling machines at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and Southland Park in West Memphis, the two pari-mutuel racetracks in Arkansas. The tracks said they would begin work immediately to put the machines — probably including video poker — into operation.
U.S. SEN. BLANCHE LINCOLN, who voted for a Republican scheme to combine estate-tax relief for the wealthy with an increase in the minimum wage.
INDIAN ARTIFACTS. Thieves stole a collection of 26 Caddo Indian bowls, bottles and other vessels from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.
CAR OWNERS. The state Department of Finance and Administration revealed that a computer bug had been sending license renewal notices to old addresses, leaving the vehicles’ owners subject to fine.
THE HUCKSTER WATCH.
Our eye is not on the sparrow but on The Huckster. Twenty-one more weeks, and we’ll be free at last, free at last.