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Winter storm causes travel problems

LITTLE ROCK — A late-winter storm contributed to at least one fatal crash Wednesday as well as numerous accidents Thursday that slowed or stopped traffic in Central Arkansas, according to the Arkansas State Police.

House approves abortion bill; lottery bill fails in Senate

LITTLE ROCK — Bills to impose new restrictions on the use of abortion-inducing drugs, assert that American law trumps foreign law in Arkansas courts and allow trained volunteers to give insulin injections in schools received approval Thursday in the state House.

Panel endorses bill to allow ads on school buses

LITTLE ROCK — A House committee on Thursday advanced bills that would allow school districts to sell advertising space on school buses and end the state’s obligation to test home-schooled students.

Retired colonel joins Boozman staff

WASHINGTON — Retired Arkansas National Guard Col. Anita Deason has joined U.S. Sen. John Boozman’s staff in Little Rock as an adviser on military and veterans’ issues.

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Opinion

PATE: From ashes to prosperity

In 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius near modern Naples, Italy, erupted, burying the city of Pompeii in a thick blanket of volcanic ash. As one witness to the calamity wrote, the dust “poured across the land” like a flood. Nearly two thousand people died; and the city was abandoned for the next 1,700 years.

PATE: Now Serving Student Number Six

Recently, I attended a meeting where an administrator from a small public university treated the audience to a review of his institution’s new “brand identity campaign.” There’s a lot I don’t like about the current direction of higher education in America. This is the thing I despise the most.

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