Monday, March 05, 2007

Monday summary

Przemek Borrowski took off from the pack between the eighth and ninth mile of the Little Rock Maraton on Sunday and never looked back, beating fellow Polish runner Krzysztof Baldyga by more than a minute.

Sen. Pete Domenici, a powerful Republican from New Mexico, admits that he contacted the U.S. attorney in Albuquerque, N.M., last year to ask about an ongoing corruption probe of Democrats, but said he “never pressured him nor threatened him in any way.” That attorney is one of eight, including Bud Cummins of Little Rock, purged by the Bush administration.

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. John Boozman says the congressman has begun developing a list of potential replacements for Tim Griffin, interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Griffin has refused to submit to the Senate confirmation process.

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is critical of President Bush and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, saying the federal government has been slow to declare a disaster in tornado-struck eastern Arkansas.

A proposal to reinstate a ban on gay foster parents overturned by Arkansas’ Supreme Court will be introduced in the Legislature today, a state senator said. Sen. Shawn Womack said he plans to file a bill that would ban gays from becoming foster parents, a prohibition that justices struck down last year.

A bill to allow some out-of-state wines to be sold in Arkansas grocery and convenience stores received the endorsement Friday of the House Rules Committee.

A House committee Friday endorsed legislation shutting off the fee Rogers charges real estate developers for water hookups to pay for the infrastructure associated with their properties.

House Speaker Benny Petrus, D-Stuttgart, filed two bills Friday to restrict campaign contributions.

The House gave final approval Friday to legislation to change reporting requirements under the state Body Mass Index law. House Bill 1173 by Rep. Keven Anderson of Rogers goes to the governor with amendments requiring school districts to take body mass measurements of students every other year instead of annually, and would exempt juniors and seniors from testing.

Rep. Steve Harrelson says he hopes a resolution declaring “Arkansas’s” as the correct spelling of his home state’s possessive form would move through the Legislature as quietly and uneventfully as possible.

Three Arkansas public high school seniors - one from Little Rock Parkview Magnet High, another from Fort Smith Northside High and a third from Conway High-West - each scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance exams given in October and December.

Magic Springs & Crystal Falls theme park is switching to food that is free of trans fat - and using trans-fat-free oil to prepare it - with a goal of offering a totally trans-fat-free menu by the end of the 2007 season. Even the funnel cakes will be trans-fat free.

A parade of friends, neighbors and fellow church members testified at a Lonoke corruption trial Friday about borrowed and missing medication, as well as instances when Kelly Harrison Campbell was in their homes without their permission. The statements came during the first day of testimony in the trial of Campbell; her husband, former Lonoke Police Chief Jay Campbell; and Bobby Junior Cox, a bail bondsman. The three are accused of being part of a criminal organization seeking drugs, sex and money.

As police continue to search for a suspect in four bank robberies across Arkansas, one local department has taken the unusual step of creating the man a profile on the social networking Web site MySpace, hoping someone will recognize him.

A Fort Smith attorney serving a 30-day county jail term says he hopes to persuade a federal court to cancel his newest Circuit Court date and order his early release as well. Oscar Stilley is scheduled to be on work-release until March 17, but last week he was ordered to appear in Sebastian County Circuit Court on March 14 in connection with legal fees he has been order to pay in connection with his dismissed lawsuits.

A report released last week evaluating states’ child-care standards and enforcement policies placed Arkansas near the bottom nationwide.

Up to 1,000 gas industry workers are expected this year in White County, drilling up to a dozen wells simultaneously. Chesapeake Energy Corporation subcontractors will drill several gas wells in the county this year and Hallwood Energy will put in three.

Plans for a new Conway airport, under consideration for 30 years, could come to fruition this month, pending Federal Aviation Administration approval of a site in the Lollie Bottoms area south of Highway 286.

Susie Gardner has resigned as Arkansas women's basketball coach following an 18-13 season.

Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt and his mother escaped injury Sunday when the landing gear on their plane collapsed during an emergency landing at Drake Field in Fayetteville.

Though, in passing, your column in Monday's DamnCrap exposed yet another hypocrisy of the Bushists: "You Americans must support the troops while we profit from their sacrifice. When the soldiers return home and stop making money for us, let them die." It reminds me of the Bushist anti-abortion stand - "we value human life, ... until it is born."
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