Winners & Losers: Aug. 23, 2013

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Craig O'Neill has looked at every new script of the past week, which is a daunting task, and Craig, out of all that has happened, has made a decision on this week's winners and losers.

    Arkansas high school students are winners. Ninety percent of the class of 2013 took the ACT test, and that level of participation puts us in the top 12 of states in the country in participation rate, but Arkansas is a loser. Our average score was 20.2. The national average is 20.9. Looks like we have more work to do.

    Jefferson gamblers are losers. Let me rephrase that. Illegal Jefferson County gamblers are losers. An undercover bust seized illegal gambling operations this week. Law enforcement got tips from the community and made it happen.

    Pet microchips are winners. Koda the Pomeranian agrees. Koda ran away from his home in Rogers and went on a 1,300 mile trek to San Diego where he was finally picked up. Because he had a microchip, he could be tracked down. If you've got a dog that's an escape artist, this is a must have accessory.

    Arkansas Firefighters also traveled great distances, helping in the fight against western wildfires. Before helping out in Idaho, they were in the state of Washington doing what needs to be done.

    The political loser this week has to be Democratic State Senator Paul Bookout. He was forced to resign after the state ethics commission fined him for using campaign funds for personal use. You can't do that, and he ends his service in the state legislature after seven years.

    Zach Hodskins is winner by giving a reason to root for Florida's basketball team. He has one arm, but he doesn't let it hold him back from the sport he loves. He was the star of his high school team and is now a walk-on at Florida.

    The earth's crust is a loser. Sink holes are everywhere these days it seems. One in Louisiana produced a startling video of trees getting swallowed up. They are so random, and at times deadly, that now they become a major story whenever they occur.

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