Winners & Losers: Mar. 8, 2013

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- By Friday all the news has become a jumbled mess unless you have someone to come along and make sense of it all. I'm your man, with this week's Winners and Losers.

    Clinton, Ark. is our first winner this week. The Chamber of Commerce had a lot to cheer about as the town is seeing an uptick in commerce. At the annual dinner, Fay's Diamond Mine won business of the year.

    And, Hot Springs, Ark. is our first loser this week. Sequestration means cut backs in the National Park's budget to the tune of $228,000.

    The Little Rock Central National Historic site is in the same boat. They face cuts in education programs, and they too get the federally mandated losers tag.

    But, not all is bleak. Arkansas' revenue is a winner. It was way above forecast, to the tune of $7 million, and it's way ahead of last year. Okay, so they didn't have to hand out as many tax refunds, so what? Our state a winner.

    Our city is also a winner. The police and firemen won awards at the annual ceremony presented by the Downtown Rotary Club. Little Rock Officer Matt Murski won Policeman of the Year, and Ryan Baker won Fireman of the Year. There were a host of others who proved how dedicated our public servants really are.

    Comedic actor Ben Stiller is a loser. Selected from the crowd for an impromptu doubles match, he played with Rafael Nadal. His opponent also selected from the crowd--a 10-year-old girl. The kid got the best of the comedian, and the crowd loved it.

    Calvin Borel is 5,000 times a winner. He and his horse, He's Unusual, crossed the finish line at Oaklawn to claim their land mark 5,000th win. Calvin's got 5,000 in his pocket, and that makes him our biggest winner ever in Winners and Losers!

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