As 2008 Draws to a Close, A Look at the Year’s Top Stories

Arkansas Business published its round-up of the year’s top 10 business news stories (you can see the complete list here), and how the Associated Press here in Arkansas has come out with its top 10 of 2008.

Read the full AP story here. The full list, in short, is:

1. Bad weather rakes the state.

2. Arkansas Democratic Party chairman Bill Gwatney dies in a shooting at the party’s headquarters …

3. Anne Pressly, a morning anchorwoman for Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV, dies after a brutal attack at her home …

4. Arkansas voters pass a constitutional amendment allowing for a state-run lottery …

5. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee becomes the last Republican standing in the long presidential primary …

6. Evangelist Tony Alamo faces charges he took young girls across state lines for sex …

7. Arkansas’ natural gas reserves keep the state’s economy afloat as lawmakers increase the severance tax …

8. The Green Party wins its first-ever legislative seat as voters supported new adoption and foster parenting ban.

9. Verizon Wireless buys Alltel Corp. for $5.9 billion and assumes $22.2 billion of the Little Rock-based carrier’s debt …

10. The University of Central Arkansas becomes embroiled in criticism over its scholarships program and a bonus paid to President Lu Hardin …

You’ll note some overlap between Arkansas Business’ top 10 and the AP’s list.

In all, I think everyone’s glad 2008 is quickly coming to end. Despite one historic election, it’s been a year most of us will love to forget.

More on 2008’s Big Stories

Bill Gwatney

Anne Pressly

Verizon-Alltel Merger

UCA & Lu Hardin

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