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The week that was May 3-9

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IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

DIRTY LAUNDRY. The Democrat-Gazette, through strategic FOI requests, unearthed e-mail illustrating how the Huckabee administration pushed through anti-smoking legislation. Mean and disingenuous is what they are. Surprise.

SURPLUSES. The state is rolling in dough, with a projected surplus of more than $550 million over the next two years. Will it be invested in schools, prisons and health care? Or in tax cuts? Or maybe potholes in Bigelow?

HENDRIX COLLEGE. It unveiled a bold plan to develop 100 acres across from the campus into an old-fashioned, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood mixing homes and apartments with commercial development.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

WATER. Profligate farmers and drought have made the water supply underground in East Arkansas even worse, a new report says.

The RACE FOR GOVERNOR. Is it really about abortion and preserving inadequate high schools? You’d think so from the strategy Republican Asa Hutchinson employed in a joint appearance with Democratic rival Mike Beebe.

GRUESOME DETAILS. A Death Row inmate challenged Arkansas’s method of lethal injection as inhumane. The graphic descriptions in his suit of glitches in the executions of several condemned prisoners should give pause to all but the most blood-thirsty.

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE. It will lose 270 airmen this fall as part of national Air Force cuts.

The HUCKSTER. Gov. Mike Huckabee still refuses public press services to the Arkansas Times. Eight-plus months and counting to go.

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