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Week in Review — April 3-10

By: 10 April 2011 No Comment

A new, improved media shield.

It was a busier week than usual here at First Arkansas News as stories kept flying in for some reason.

Is that a complaint? Heck no. However, it’s been busy around here and we do hope our readers didn’t miss out on some of the more significant stories. As always, we encourage people to stay up to date through using one of the free, convenient services we hope people find convenient — click it up to subscribe to our RSS feed, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to free, daily email updates.

Having said all that, let’s take a look at the stories that ran in the past week just in case you missed something:

* Legislative wrap-up. Arkansans, rejoice! The state Legislature has gone home and won’t be able to inflict new laws on us until 2013 (unless, of course, a special session is called). We followed a few of them, but are particularly enthusiastic about the new, improved media shield law. Yes, Internet journalists are now specifically protected by the state’s media shield. Hey, we’ve not revealed the anonymous sources we’ve used in the past, but we’re encouraged by the new shield. We’ve ruffled some feathers in the past by using reliable anonymous sources in the past who have passed on some great information but have asked us to keep their identities secret for fear of losing jobs, etc. Expect more of the same in the future. I can’t wait.

* Spring Into Spring Expo Coming to Rogers on April 16. It’s the second year for this event that gives people in northwest Arkansas the chance to get familiar with products and services available from vendors in that area.

* Let’s go fly a kite. Yet another event set for April 16th — the Second Annual Kite Fest in Benton. Free kites and a lot of spring fun down at the old Saline County Airport. You want a family-friendly way to spend a Saturday. You’ve found it, ace.

* Hendrix Alumni Weekend — last chance to hear four professors. Yet another event set for next weekend. In addition to the expected festivities and blah-blah at Hendrix College, you’ve got four longtime professors who are calling it quits. Here’s hoping more than a few students make the trek to Conway next weekend to see some old friends and send four great professors off in style.

* Jot ‘Em Down Journal available soon in audio format. Here’s something fans of the old time radio classic series should love. Speaking of Lum and Abner, we’re working up something special for fans of the series and hope to announce something in a week or two. I’d love to say more, but…

* Weekend OTR: Kitty Keene — Jill on Trial Tomorrow. Speaking of old time radio.

* Buying a house in Arkansas? The state might help. Here’s a program that needs some publicity.

* John Mikesch — domestic abuse and how to escape it. Mikesch is one of the presenters at the upcoming Best Practices in Domestic Violence and Child Custody CLE seminar on April 15 in Fayetteville. First Arkansas News is the proud media sponsor of that event.

* Mike Denton — communities respond to domestic violence. Judge Denton is another presenter at the aforementioned continuing legal education seminar.

* Joining the Qpon revolution. An Arkansas company comes up with an iPhone app that is pretty dandy.

* An annoying WordPress problem and how to fix it. Read this and it might save you some trouble.

* Amendment 79 — why you should care about it. Buying a house in Arkansas? You need to read this article.

* Anderson brings Missouri staff to Razorbacks. Settle down. These cats have a lot more Arkansas roots than you might think.

* Housing reform efforts get even more confusing. The federal government does its usual thing…

* The Commodore 64 is back! Sort of. You’ve got to read it to believe it.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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