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Fix slated for road damaged by gas-drilling effort


David Nilles, spokesman for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, said that bids were opened Thursday for a project to repave nine miles of Arkansas 124 east of Pangburn.

Nilles told the Daily Citizen newspaper that the low bidder was Delta Asphalt of Arkansas, based in Paragould, with a bid of $1.4 million.

According to Nilles, the money will come from his agency's share of severance tax revenues, which were boosted after exploration and drilling began in the Fayetteville Shale formation in north-central Arkansas.

Nilles said the project would put down a new surface on Highway 124 from its intersection with Arkansas 16 to its intersection with Arkansas 157.

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Ark. forest officials: 51 fires fought since Fri.

A news release from the commission Monday said the fires are being fought with several single-engine air tankers that drop water on the blazes, three stationed at Hot Springs, and one each at Monticello, Camden and Searcy.

The commission said much of Arkansas remains at high risk for wildfires because of the recent dry weather. According to the release, county judges in 48 counties have issued burn bans: Ashley, Baxter, Bradley, Chicot, Clark, Clay, Cleburne, Cleveland, Columbia, Conway, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Garland, Grant, Greene, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Independence, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, Nevada, Ouachita, Perry, Phillips, Pike, Poinsett, Polk, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Sevier, St. Francis, Union, White and Woodruff.

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Harding puts back Susan G. Komen merchandise

The university removed the items, after complaints and rumors the organization supports Planned Parenthood.

"Harding has been a supporter in the past and has had walks on alumni weekend," says Sherrye McBryde, executive director of the Arkansas Affiliate for Komen Foundation.

A student complained that Komen funds Planned Parenthood, a provider of abortions. McBryde says other affiliates around the country fund mammograms at Planned Parenthood, but not in Arkansas.

"No Arkansas money and no national money goes to Planned Parenthood," says McBryde.

Some students were not too proud of their university after it pulled the items.