News

Hutchinson names Florida man to head AEDC

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday named Florida economic development official Mike Preston as the new director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Bill on executive sessions advances

LITTLE ROCK — A bill to make calling for or participating in an improper executive session a Class A misdemeanor cleared a House committee Thursday.

Fluoride bill fails in committee

LITTLE ROCK — A bill to let local entities decide whether to add fluoride to public drinking water supplies failed to clear a Senate committee Wednesday.

Bill to end dual King, Lee holidays fails again

LITTLE ROCK — For at least another two years the state of Arkansas will continue the dual celebration of the birthdays of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee after a bill to separate the two holidays was voted down in a House committee Wednesday.

Board approves Key as education chief

LITTLE ROCK — The state Board of Education voted unanimously to approve former state Sen. Johnny Key of Little Rock as state education commissioner in a special meeting Wednesday.

Sports

Hogs Fall In Dance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A season established on classic principles saw the return of classic results. Mike Anderson’s “Fastest 40” provided the best Arkansas campaign in seven years.

Qualls, Razorbacks Ready For Carolina

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Michael Qualls grows weary of the questions. He’s the best quote on the Arkansas basketball team and its second best player. Lately, he’s even been first-best. It’s not that he’d rather his game to do the talking. He’d simply prefer avoiding the canned queries.

UA Baseball: Diamond Hogs Knock Off No. 1 LSU

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas baseball team came out swinging early Thursday evening, scoring five runs in the first four innings before picking up a 5-1 victory over No. 1 LSU in game one of a three-game series at Baum Stadium.

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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