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100 years ago

Jan. 16, 1917

CONWAY -- The trial of Huey Wilson, charged with first degree murder for the alleged killing of Bolden Wilson, his nephew, March 18, began in Circuit Court today. The jury was not completed until 4 p.m. In his opening statement Prosecuting Attorney G. Otis Bogle said that he expects to prove that the murder was one of cold blood and that he would ask for infliction of the death penalty.

50 years ago

Jan. 16, 1967

• Buel Ray Wortham, 25, of North Little Rock, who was released on $22,222 bail Saturday after spending 105 days in a Russian jail, talked to his mother in the United States by telephone Sunday for the first time since he received a three-year sentence at Leningrad. He told his mother that she shouldn't go to Moscow for his appeal to the Russian Supreme Court. She had said Saturday that she would go if he needed her but her son said, "I don't think that will be necessary." She said Sunday that she would not make the trip.

25 years ago

Jan. 16, 1992

• The first public hearing on reorganizing Pulaski County government attracted 12 people Wednesday, and only one offered any specific suggestion. Rick Campbell of Little Rock told a board charged with reorganizing county government that combining the offices of the tax assessor and tax collector would be more efficient. Campbell said he noted a lack of cooperation between county assessors and collectors when he worked with both groups as an assistant and deputy attorney general from 1979 to 1984.

10 years ago

Jan. 16, 2007

• Two years ago, Rep. Benny Petrus urged his fellow representatives to pass a bill that would slash the state's sales and use tax on groceries -- under certain circumstances. The Stuttgart Democrat said it was needed to help low-income workers who suffer disproportionately from sales tax on groceries. The bill became Act 647 of 2005. This year, Petrus, speaker of the House, is promoting the development of alternatives to Gov. Mike Beebe's proposal to reduce the state sales tax on groceries from 6 percent to 3 percent, effective in July. Petrus hasn't ruled out supporting such a cut. He said his aim is to help the working poor. But he's looking at such options as creating an earned income tax credit, adjusting the state's income tax brackets or paying a tax rebate.

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