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Ethics Commission grapples with new laws

LITTLE ROCK — The state Ethics Commission on Friday discussed new ethics laws that came out of this year’s legislative session, including one that gives elected officials a 30-day grace period to return improper gifts from lobbyists and correct reporting errors.

Three Rivers Study moves ahead with funding

The “Three Rivers Study,” a $3 million U.S. Corps of Engineers project to seek a permanent fix for a flood-prone area of the lower Arkansas River, is moving full-steam ahead now that funding has been approved at both the federal and state levels.

Huckabee ready for Hillary

WASHINGTON — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sat down with about a dozen reporters Friday afternoon to make his case as the most viable Republican to square off against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Outgoing UA chancellor pledges $1 million gift

LITTLE ROCK — Outgoing University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart and his wife, Jane, have pledged to donate $1 million to the university’s upcoming fundraising campaign, the university said Thursday.

Supporters, opponents of regional haze plan speak at EPA hearing

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — In a public hearing Thursday, the federal Environmental Protection Agency heard from supporters and opponents of the agency’s plan to improve visibility at national parks and wildlife areas in the region by reducing power plant emissions.

Sports

Spring Notebook: Ramsey Suspended

FAYETTEVILLE – Freshman linebacker Randy Ramsey has been removed from football duties for the rest of the spring, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Saturday.

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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