Back from the beach, I have some evening headlines and mail to share:

* ELECTRIC RATES GOING UP: Entergy wants to raise your base electric rates. They need dough after a cool summer. We are assured that a lower fuel cost and expiration of a storm damage charge will offset the increase. News release on jump.

* COACH ACQUITTED: A Washington County jury has acquitted a former Springdale baseball coach of charges that he raped young boys.

* UALR TO BUILD: The UA Board of Trustees today signed off on a $34 million bond issue for a UALR building program. Projects: a student services center; space for nursing and health sciences; a new nanotechnology building.


* BRIDGE TO NOWHERE: Gene Pfeifer lays out his continuing case that the city has lived up to its end of the bargain for maintaining the park around the Clinton Library (despite absence of a lease requiring the $500,000 in payments made in the last couple of years), but the Clinton Foundation has not lived up to its end of the deal. Railroad bridge-to-pedestrian-link anyone?