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Stuff From Around Arkansas, April 9

Updated: Apr 15

Moneybags: Sen. Blanche Lincoln, bolstered by big money fundraiser with Vice President Joe Biden in March, raises $1.7 million in first quarter of 2009. She’s got $2.3 million cash on hand. If you were wondering, those are formidable numbers. (AP)

The End: Legislative session comes to a close. Quick, Arkansas pundits! Start penning your embarrassingly sycophantic encomia to the holy wonder that is Gov. Mike Beebe and our state of blessedness in living under his enlightened rule! (AP)

Meet the New Boss: Capitol warlord Sen. Paul Bookout, a Jonesboro Democrat, vanquishes all challengers in race to command the Arkansas Senate chamber in the next legislative session. All hail the mighty Bookout! May his reign be just! (Arkansas Times)

Fight Night: Blogger at Fayetteville Flyer profiles local rockers A Good Fight, an enduring Arkansas Project favorite. (Fayetteville Flyer)

Road to Recovery: UA economist says expect “slow and sustainable” recovery in 2010. Hooray! (Arkansas Business) I Hardly Know ‘Er: Arkansas Supreme Court says Fayetteville Sam’s Club can sell liquor. I’ll celebrate by running down to Sam’s to buy a 55-gallon drum of Kahlua. (Arkansas News Bureau)

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