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The week that was June 13-19

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ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. A special committee recommended retirement of the Indian mascot for the school by the 2008-09 school year. The NCAA has banned use of Native American mascots, with limited exceptions, in tournament play. ASU may reach a tournament some day, hence the need for a change.

COURT TIME FOR THE LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT. Parents sued to block a contract buyout for Superintendent Roy Brooks.

INTOLERANCE. The Family Council announced its intention to try to outlaw adoption and foster parenting by Arkansas gay people through a ballot initiative.

REGRET. The Arkansas Legislative Council adopted a non-binding resolution expressing its “regret” for the state’s role in slavery.

The STATE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION. The PSC reduced Entergy’s rates rather than grant the company a proposed $106 million rate increase, a request that included outlandish requests for executive pay and entertainment.

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PULASKI COUNTY GOVERNMENT. It argued that it shouldn’t release e-mails sent by former comptroller Ron Quillin, charged with embezzlement, because the contents were too embarrassing. But it’s a record of what he was doing at work — including love notes to a county vendor — clearly open under the Freedom of Information Act.

STATE SEN. SHAWN WOMACK. The Republican wants to run for circuit judge. His resume now will include two news items from the same day — punishment from the state’s legal regulatory commission for inadequate representation of a legal client and publicity for his key role in hiring a political hanger-on for a $60,000-a-year Senate job to oversee pork barrel projects.

The ROGERS SCHOOL DISTRICT. Its request for a federal grant to finance a teacher merit pay experiment was rejected because of over-reliance on test scores. Common sense from the Bush administration? Who’d have thunk it?

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