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Consulting Payment, Veteran COO's Firing Open Rift Between AETN and Foundation

Consulting Payment, Veteran COO's Firing Open Rift Between AETN and Foundation
AETN Executive Director Courtney Pledger (left) directed the dismissal of AETN Foundation COO and Director of Development Mona Dixon last month.

Questions about payment practices and the subsequent firing of a three-decade employee have jolted the Conway headquarters of the Arkansas Educational Television Network and its nonprofit partner and fundraiser, the AETN Foundation.
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Matt DeCample, Former Beebe Spokesman, Dies at 44

Matt DeCample, the former spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe who applied his reporter's eye, comic's wit and writer's openness in a three-year struggle against an extremely rare and aggressive liver cancer, died Sunday in Little Rock. He was 44.
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Everybody, and Nobody, Is Talking About YouTube

Pedophile comments attached to YouTube videos featuring children pushed multimillion-dollar advertisers like AT&T, Disney, Hasbro and Nestle to halt commercials on the Google-owned video website.
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