Thursday, December 08, 2005

Early Thursday Slush

Speaker of the House Bill Stovall says that he will receive a report today detailing what he called the “very strong concerns” of legislative attorneys that a proposed interstate highway bond program may be unconstitutional.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is considering calling a special legislative session the week before Christmas if a bond election funding higher education passes, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette education reporter Cynthia Howell reports that science education standards used in Arkansas’ public elementary and secondary schools since 1999 earned a letter grade of D and a ranking of 38th in the nation in a new study published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Arkadelphia officials say they want to return $1.3 million to people who made taxable purchases in the Clark County city between March 1 and Oct. 31 of this year. This comes about because of a local bond issue for parks which was passed in 2000. Those bonds were paid off in February but US Bank of St. Louis, which handled the bond financing, failed to alert the city of the surplus revenue until September.

Asda, Wal-Mart’s British subsidiary, has introduced a line of greeting cards and “commitment rings” this week — just in time for the country’s legalization of gay civil partnerships.

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