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Week in Review (March 21-27)

By: 27 March 2011 No Comment

It’s been a heck of a week on a number of levels here in Arkansas.

For one thing, that pesky winter returned in full force about the middle of the week. Indeed, our 70-degree, sunny days were replaced by near-freezing temperatures and nasty rain by the weekend.

For another, the question a heck of a lot of us Arkansans wanted to know was answered this week — who will replace deposed Razorbacks Basketball Coach John Pelphrey? Also, we had the state Legislature going about its business of annoying us with new laws. With any luck, that bunch will wrap up its business by the first of April and we can relax for a bit.

Yes, there were quite a few stories over the past week. If you missed anything and want to keep up with us easily, consider these options — you can subscribe to our RSS feed, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or receive free email updates. Don’t miss a thing, kids.

Here are the stories we’ve posted in the past week:

* National existing-homes sale decline in February. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released a housing market report that is none to rosy.

* NAR pushes for $40 dues increase. What’s the best way to react to another shaky housing market report? The response from the NAR was to announce it would attempt to raise dues for its members to be used for political advocacy. We’ll have to wait and see how Realtors will react to that, particularly since helping fund the NAR’s political efforts is now voluntary. That could change soon. You’d better believe we’ll keep an eye on this story as it unfolds.

* Mitch Mustain may avoid charges. It appeared the former Springdale High School standout quarterback might have run into some felony trouble in California. It appears that’s blown over and Mustain is focused on the NFL draft.

* Legislature entering home stretch. We don’t follow what the Legislature’s up to very often, but there are some bills we just had to cover. The bill that could prohibit the private ownership of monkeys in Arkansas is particularly funny. Want a pet monkey? Time may be running out so keep that in mind.

* Podcasting with Asa Hutchinson. He’s been a congressman, a gubernatorial candidate and a fixture in federal government for some time. Ah, but he is — first and foremost — a lawyer. As such, he’s encouraging other attorneys to follow his example and donate time for pro bono elderly law work. Hear what he has to say on the subject.

* Mike Anderson takes over for John Pelphrey. We’ve put up with plenty of rumors and speculation about who would replace Pelphrey, but Anderson is the man. Welcome back to Arkansas, Mike. We hope you’ll again be successful here.

* The Frank Doolittle Company. Can’t find anything made in American anymore? Here’s one company that might disagree with that notion.

* Domestic violence and child custody CLE set for April 15 in Fayetteville. Here’s a chance for Arkansas attorneys to get some continuing legal education hours for cheap. First Arkansas News is a proud media sponsor of this event.

* Weekend OTR: Ozzie and Harriet — Randolph’s Party. Great stuff for old time radio fans. We updated the OTR Serials section, too.

* Survey says 68 percent of Arkansans now have high speed Internet access. Good news for the Natural State.

* The FHA mortgage insurance increase and what it means. Thinking about taking out an FHA loan? Here’s an article you need to read.

* ABF says relationship with Teamsters largely beneficial. Yes, there’s a lawsuit brewing, but ABF says its relationship with the union has historically been a good one.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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