IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE. It could gain 3,500 jobs and some 40 C-130 aircraft if a federal commission approves the Pentagon’s recommendations for military base closures and realignment.
ART. The Walton Family Foundation bid more than $35 million to win a prized Asher B. Durand painting auctioned by the New York Public Library. It will be part of a Walton-financed collection slated for a new museum to be built in Bentonville — with the help of state tax breaks not given any other museum in the state.
UALR. It got a $6 million Trinity Foundation gift to support engineering programs and announced it’s raising $25 million for a cybercollege annex.
The UA-FAYETTEVILLE. It got $7.6 million from the Tyson family for the ag school, the oral history project and a new Sigma Nu house. Not a penny for a GDI lodge.
WINE DRINKERS. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling seems likely to mean that Arkansas tipplers will someday be able to order wine from out-of-state shippers without fear of arrest.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
SECRETARY OF STATE CHARLIE DANIELS. Not only did he win extraordinary pay raises for 74 employees during the recent legislative session, he’s proud of it, while thousands of other employees were held to small cost-of-living increases.
The PULASKI COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. It voted to buy out Superintendent Don Henderson’s contract, a decision that ups to $500,000 the amount the cash-strapped district has spent to buy out superintendents’ contracts in the last three years.