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SLEUTHING. The Associated Press discovered that somebody using a state computer had been editing Wikipedia entries on Mike Huckabee to remove embarrassing references (Wayne Dumond, state airplane use). To the discredit of Gov. Mike Beebe's administration, his information services chief, a Huckabee-era holdover, is refusing to allow reporters to learn which computers, specifically, were used. It's no different than tracing what state telephones were used to make unofficial phone calls. It should be public.
CRIME. Broad-daylight robberies, carjackings and epidemic car burglaries underscored the need for more jail bunks in Pulaski County. Lacking: leadership.
SOUTHWEST LITTLE ROCK. It's not over until it's over, but it looks like intense community opposition has squelched BFI's plan to expand its dump on Mabelvale Pike.
It was a bad week for …
INCREASING THE GAS SEVERANCE TAX. Why bad? After all, Sen. Mary Anne Salmon said she'd sponsor an increase in the non-existent tax in 2009 and Gov. Mike Beebe also wants a change. True, but all this talk just puts the issue off until 2009, when Death Star Sen. Bob Johnson can easily round up the votes to defeat it on behalf of his patrons such as the Stephens family. It's past time to do it by initiative, the only feasible route. Now. Let the state share in the ever-depleting Fayetteville shale riches, not just gas companies and royalty owners.
I-630/I-430 INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS. The estimated price tag has jumped to $130 million.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS WATER. Slippery developer Jay DeHaven rushed a subdivision plan through the County Planning Commission, a plan that doesn't meet the suggested guidelines of the Lake Maumelle watershed management plan. DeHaven will hold up the water utility in the future if the county doesn't make the watershed management plan law, not just a guideline.