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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas radio show says it’ll no longer call a promotion where listeners rate 16 local female television personalities in a tournament-like contest a “Babe Bracket” after facing growing criticism. The hosts of Little Rock radio station KABZ’s “The Show With No Name” announced that the 21-year-old promotion will be called “The Bracket With No Name.” The statement says the bracket’s winner will receive a spa package and a $500 donation will be made to the charity of her choice. It also notes the change was intended to “better reflect the nature of the segment.” The change came days after female journalists in Arkansas and around the country used the hashtag #morethanababe on Twitter to protest the bracket.


BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts transportation officials are under fire for authorizing a no-bid contract for a tiny, $100,000 bathroom inside a state office building. WCVB-TV reports that the 115-square-foot bathroom and adjoining kitchenette was installed last year at the State Transportation Building inside the new state Transportation Department and MBTA board room. The project was fast-tracked and not put out to bid. Greg Sullivan, a former state inspector general who’s now research director at the Pioneer Institute, called the cost “outrageous.” The bathroom is about 40 steps from a spacious public bathroom on the same floor. A spokesman for the Transportation Department says board members are sometimes followed to that bathroom by reporters during public meetings.


ORLANDO (AP) —Now boarding the next flight to … Wakanda? Some airports had fun this week on Twitter with the futuristic African country in the hit movie “Black Panther.” Orlando International Airport tweeted a photo of an airplane bearing the words “Wakanda Air” and a black panther logo. The tweet said the airport was “delighted to announce … daily nonstop flights to the beautiful nation of Wakanda.” Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport tweeted a photo of a sign listing a 7:30 p.m. departure to Wakanda with the words, “The bags are packed. #Wakanda forever.”


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita bank is trying to get money back from a woman accused of making more than 50 withdrawals from an ATM that was spitting out $100 bills in place of $5s. The Wichita Eagle reported that the Central National Bank filed a lawsuit last month in Sedgwick County District demanding that Christina Ochoa return about $11,600 plus interest. The bank alleged that she realized the ATM wasn’t working properly and calculated subsequent withdrawals to maximize how much cash was mistakenly dispensed. The lawsuit says withdrawals stretched from Jan. 13 to Jan. 17 and were mostly made in the middle of the night. Christy Ochoa said her daughter made that many transactions because she wanted enough $5 bills to craft a “money cake” as a gift for an acquaintance who just had a baby. The bank also says it wants to confiscate two cars that the Ochoas bought during the time the ATM wasn’t properly working. Christy Ochoa alleged the vehicles were paid for with student loan proceeds and settlement money from a car wreck.

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