UCA, Jobs in Arkansas and Obamamania on ‘Arkansas Week’

It seems like an eternity since I’ve the pleasure to be at the round table, but tonight I’m back on AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” along with Arkansas Times columnist Ernie Dumas and University of Arkansas journalism professor Hoyt Purvis.

On the docket tonight: the continuing saga of Lu Hardin’s $300,000 pay package at the University of Central Arkansas, the state’s job market, the lottery and adoption proposals, and Barack Obama’s world tour.

Obviously, we’ve taped the show before today’s UCA board of trustees meeting, set to get underway within the hour. But there was lots to be said about Hardin’s salary mess, including thoughts on the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and Dumas’ point that this was a story that, had it been handled correctly, should only have been a one-day story. Sadly, that’s not been the case.

Check us out at 8 p.m. tonight on AETN. You can get the podcast here later this afternoon.

UPDATED: The Associated Press’ account of the UCA board of trustees meeting here. Apologies all around, including from Hardin:

“With my expertise in this area, I should have known better. It was a mistake and I apologize,” Hardin told the board.

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