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The week that was March 7-13

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It was a good week for …

THE RAZORBACKS AND COACH STAN HEATH. After a strong run in the Southeastern Conference tournament, the Hogs got a bid to the NCAA Tournament. This probably will be enough to save Heath’s job.

DUMAS. The city finally received help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA sent 23 mobile homes and 7 travel trailers to Dumas to house tornado victims.

DAFFODILS. Their annual appearance on Wye Mountain once again delighted crowds of visitors.

PUBLIC EDUCATION. The Gentry (Benton County) School Board rejected a proposal to offer a Bible class at the high school. Superintendent Randy Barrett said the course couldn’t be taught objectively.

It was a bad week for …

THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY AND TO BE FREE OF GOVERNMENT HARASSMENT. The Senate approved a bill authorizing the government to snoop into Arkansans’ medicine cabinets. The legislation would also frighten doctors into withholding pain medication needed by their patients. As if that weren’t enough, a Senate committee approved a bill that would prohibit homosexuals and unmarried heterosexual couples from adopting or fostering children.

BUSHS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. Former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins of Little Rock testified before a congressional committee that an administration official had warned him that he and other former prosecutors risked attacks on their reputations if they continued to publicly question their dismissals. But Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior adviser, defended the firings in a speech at Little Rock, saying that some of the prosecutors were fired “for cause” and some because of policy differences.

PARTY SOLIDARITY. All the congressional and statewide Democratic officeholders except one said that they were sponsors of a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor. The exception was Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who some believe is considering a race against Pryor.

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