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The Week That Was, Dec. 8-14

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Dec. 8-14, 2010

It was a good week for ...

BOBBY PETRINO. The Hog football coach got a new seven-year contract, with $3.6 million or so a year — almost $4 million counting a bonus this year. But it will be hard for him to quit us. The buyout is a lofty $18 million.

ENTERGY CUSTOMERS. A federal law judge said the Entergy Corp. had given cheaper electricity to commercial customers than to its own operating companies, such as Entergy Arkansas. Some refunds could be in order. Or at least a better way of doing business.

ERNIE PASSAILAIGUE. A couple of Lottery Commission members tried again to fire him. But a majority keep him on — exactly why wasn't clear. He still doesn't seem to understand he runs a public agency.

The ENVIRONMENT. Pushed by environmentalists, the Arkansas Public Service Commission adopted new rules to encourage electric and gas utilities to promote energy efficiency.

It was a bad week for ...

AIRPORT DIRECTOR RON MATHIEU. Reimbursements he made for past expenses charged to the airport didn't present a pretty picture of fiscal accountability. See the Arkansas Reporter.

U.S. REP. MIKE ROSS. He objected to the Postal Service's plan to save money by closing a processing facility in Texarkana. Ross only wants to save money not spent in his district.

AARON JONES, a Little Rock lawyer, got a 10-year sentence for allegedly coming up with a scheme to burn his Chenal Valley mansion to collect insurance money.

KEVIN LEWIS, a Little Rock lawyer, saw a foreclosure filed on his Chenal Valley mansion as investigators began to piece together a multi-million-dollar fraudulent bond sale that Lewis allegedly put together.

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