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CANDIDATE ANNOUNCEMENTS. Little Rock banker French Hill, who’d previously announced for an open state House seat, launched his campaign for 2nd District Congress. Hill worked in President George H.W. Bush’s administration. U.S. Army Col. Conrad Reynolds, a tea party Republican from Conway, also announced. State Rep. Ann Clemmer, Republican of Benton, was expected to join the pack on Wednesday after our deadline. So far former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays is the only announced Democrat for the seat.
A TECH PARK DECISION. The Little Rock Technology Park Authority finally picked a site for the Little Rock Technology Park — downtown Main Street. But much discussion and disagreement is likely to follow. Leslie Peacock has the full scoop on page 14.
PEYTON HILLIS. After a month out of the NFL, the former Hog landed on the severely running back-deficient New York Giants. In a matter of days, Hillis went from tending his Tennessee soybean farm to supplying the bulk of carries for the Giants. He’s yet to put up spectacular stats — 106 yards and one touchdown after two games — but since he arrived, the Giants are 2-0.
SEN. MARK PRYOR. After a long holdout, Pryor said he would support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Moveon.org had organized a petition encouraging Pryor to support the legislation, which Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he’ll bring up before Thanksgiving. A recent poll by the University of Arkansas asked if gays and lesbians should “have equal rights in terms of job opportunities.” Eighty-one percent of very likely voters responding said yes.
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CLINTON NATIONAL AIRPORT. Travel and Leisure magazine rated the airport the worst in the country. Airport spokesman Shane Carter blamed construction for long waits in security lines, cited by Travel and Leisure as part of the low ranking.
ALSO: Novelist and short story writer William Harrison died at age 79. The author of the short story “Roller Ball Murder” that was later made into the film “Rollerball,” Harrison co-founded the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arkansas. Pioneering, Arkansas-born stuntman Hal Needham also died. He won an honorary Academy Award for his work in movie stunts in 2012. He was 82. More on Needham on page 21.