Bill Terry, one of the founders of the Times and its editor for many years, died yesterday in St. Louis of complications from cancer. He was 78. "In 1974, Terry, who had recently been fired from the Arkansas Democrat, and Times founder Alan Leveritt, who had recently been fired from the Arkansas Gazette, found each other just in time to save the foundering Union Station Times (later renamed Arkansas Times)," the Times reports. "Terry took over as editor and Leveritt became the ad salesman resulting in a great improvement in both editorial quality and ad income."

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The University of Arkansas has named Max Brantley the recipient of the 2009 Ernie Deane Award. "I am surprised, honored and pleased to learn I've been chosen to receive the Ernie Deane award," Brantley says. "I realized when (Larry Foley, a professor of journalism and Ernie Deane committee member) called and gave me the news I may not have sounded very gracious. My first thought was surely there was someone better." He will receive the award at a ceremony this fall.

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Publisher Alan Leveritt said yesterday that about a third of the 41 people who work at the Times and the company's other publications will see temporary pay reductions of 4-7 percent starting next month. Lower paid employees were exempt from the cuts. The paper says it also recently laid off a receptionist and converted a full-time job on El Latino, its Spanish language weekly, to part-time.

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The alt-weekly recently published on its blog a state database containing the names and addresses of Arkansans who hold permits to carry concealed handguns, but after an uproar from gun lobby and death threats made against Times editor Max Brantley and his family, the paper took the database down. Not long after, the state House of Representatives introduced and passed by a 98-1 vote a bill that would prohibit revealing "the identities or other information concerning concealed handgun licensees." Sponsors of the bill argued that doing so put handgun owners at risk.

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