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The Week That Was, Jan. 26-Feb. 4

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JAN. 26 – FEB. 1

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR ...

GOOD HEALTH. A bill aimed at thwarting the federal health-care law in Arkansas died in a state House of Representatives committee, even though all the Republican committee members voted for bad health.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CENTERS. A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against five of the Arkansas centers, saying that the Justice Department should have tried to resolve problems before rushing into court.

COMING CLEAN. Daniel Gatrell, 17, admitted to taking part in the particularly brutal killings of a toddler and her father, and promised to testify against his cousin, Robert Todd Gatrell, 20. Daniel was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Robert.

BOND DEALERS. The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees approved a bond issue of up to $141 million to help pay for construction and renovation on UA's Fayetteville campus.

GARY DUNN. For the second time in nine months, a trial of Dunn for the murder of Nona Dirksmeyer ended in a mistrial when jurors couldn't agree. Prosecutors said they'd try again.

JUDICIAL ROMANCE. Associate Justice Courtney Henry of the Arkansas Supreme Court reported on a financial statement that she received nearly $100,000 worth of gifts from her "boyfriend" John Goodson, a Texarkana lawyer, in 2010. For much of that year, she was married to Mark Henry of Fayetteville. They are now divorced.

IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR ...

GOOD HEALTH. And a good week for judicial activism, as a Reagan-appointed federal judge in Florida ruled that the new health-care law is unconstitutional.

FRED SMITH. Twenty days after he was sworn in as a member of the state House of Representatives, the Democrat from Crawfordsville resigned after learning he'd been convicted of a felony involving property theft.

STATE SEN. BRUCE HOLLAND. The Perry County sheriff's office announced it was charging Holland with fleeing, careless driving and improper passing after a high-speed pursuit of the senator by a deputy.

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