DALLAS -- When state officials created a revenue bond-issuing authority to build a regional airport in northwest Arkansas, local officials brimmed with enthusiasm at the economic growth it could bring.

But Zola Moon, a resident of the area, bristled over the notion that a board appointed by Gov. Bill Clinton and lawmakers in 1990 could make decisions about the fast-growing region's largest public works project with no direct input from the almost 250,000 people who live in the Ozark region.

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