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The Week That Was, May 12-18

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IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

ELECTIONS. The primaries were held Tuesday. Sorry, they weren't completed until after we went to press for this week. You'll have to wait for comment next week. Or check us online at www.arktimes.com for breaking news.

The ENVIRONMENT. The state Supreme Court agreed with a lower court that said SWEPCO hadn't proved the need for a pollution-spewing coal-burning power plant in Hempstead County. With $1 billion already invested, SWEPCO must decide whether to re-start the regulatory process, write off the expense or try to build a so-called “merchant” plant and try to get the PSC to allow it to sell power wholesale for its Arkansas customers.

The HUNGRY. Wal-Mart promised to spend $2 billion to help end hunger in America.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR ….

NON-PARTISAN JUDCIAL ELECTIONS. Rhonda Wood, running for the state Court of Appeals, used automated phone calls of endorsement from Mike Huckabee to tout her endorsement by the Republican Party for the constitutionally non-partisan position. Worse, she claimed this was ethical.

The CITY OF LITTLE ROCK. Already struggling financially, it now faces further cuts from a drop in tax receipts to be caused by a reduction in summer electric rates.

SEN. BLANCHE LINCOLN. She defended her push for a multi-billion-dollar tax cut for the estates of the wealthiest Americans while the middle and lower class struggle with unemployment and a mounting deficit.

The PULASKI COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. Results of an extended special state audit read like a crime family expose. Overpayments to a former superintendent, theft of property, unsupported expense payments to School Board members, even use of Katrina student emergency money to buy lingerie for a high school counselor. This and more revelations were not a confidence builder for the state's second-largest school district.

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