IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
The 39TH INFANTRY BRIGADE. A volunteer group from the National Guard brigade mustered to do border patrol duty under the president’s immigration initiative. The brigade already has been deployed in Iraq and on hurricane relief the last five years, but this bunch is ready to serve.
GRISLY CRIME. Little Rock remained on a record-setting homicide pace. Number 35 was a charred body found in the trunk of a car rolled into Oakland Cemetery and set afire.
SURPLUSES. The state will have a surplus of some $700 million for the 2007 legislature to work with. The lame-duck governor called for instant rebates. Wiser legislators prefer to wait and assess the state’s needs.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
ARKANSAS SCHOOL KIDS. The federal government said the state’s standardized tests appear too easy.
ARKANSAS NEWBORN KIDS. Arkansas ranks near the bottom of the states in screening newborns for treatable genetic disorders, a relatively small expenditure that can save huge amounts.
ARKANSAS FOSTER KIDS. A new study says more Arkansas foster children are not getting timely health treatment and the state may be penalized for failing to provide such necessities as up-to-date shots and dental care. The state has been busy, of course, keeping foster kids out of homes in which gay people live.
LT. GOV. WIN ROCKFELLER came home to Little Rock after 10 months of unsuccessful treatment in Seattle for a cancer-related blood disorder. He was admitted to UAMS where, at press time, he was being treated for pneumonia.
25 weeks and counting.