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The Week That Was, Jan. 19-25

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JAN. 19–25, 2011

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR ...

SECURITY. City officials announced that Little Rock City Hall would install metal detectors in February. Most governmental buildings in Pulaski County already have them.

MALICIOUS FOOLISHNESS. Knowing that the repeal bill would never become law, the U.S. House of Representatives voted anyway to repeal the historic health-care reform that was approved last year at President Obama's urging. All four Arkansans voted for repeal, including Rep. Mike Ross, the only Democrat. Ross voted against health care last year, when Democrats had a majority in the House.

LOREN HITCHCOCK. The longtime state Game and Fish Commission employee was named as the agency's new director.

COMING CLEAN. Former Arkansas First Lady Janet Huckabee paid a $100 fine in Pulaski District Court to avoid going to trial on a charge of careless and prohibited driving. Huckabee's vehicle was one of four involved in an accident on Interstate 30. After she was ticketed, her lawyer said she'd contest the ticket.

IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR ...

HIGHWAY SAFETY AND JUSTICE. State Sen. Bruce Holland, R-Greenwood, was finally stopped by a Perry County deputy sheriff after a chase the deputy said reached speeds of more than 100 miles an hour. The deputy, Ray Byrd, let the senator off with a scolding, saying he thought legislators were immune to arrest while the legislature is in session. They're not.

THE BROADWAY BRIDGE. The state Highway and Transportation Department said the 90-year-old bridge across the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock was too old to be renovated and would have to be replaced.

NORTH ARKANSAS. Snow came again, closing schools and making driving hazardous. South and Central Arkansas escaped.

JOHN PELPHREY. The Razorback basketball coach's hot seat got hotter after another embarrassingly one-sided loss, this one to Florida.

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