Thursday Pat Classic

(I have no idea what happened to Wednesday. My bad.)

The current Arkansas Times (on newsstands today) has an item on my 25 years in Arkansas. They asked one hardball question, so I can’t wait to see what I said! Go pick one up right now. It won’t kill ya’.

My morning headlines are on K-106.3 The Greatest Hits of All Time with John Lee and Spirit FM with Don Burns at 93.3 and 100.7. AND, the entire staff and management at the Lyncho Intergalactic Headquarters welcome 100kw.Y-95 in Camden. You can hear my morning updates all over south Arkansas on this MONSTER FM powerhouse.

The radio show is on at 9.

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The Senate easily passed the financial bailout bill 74-25, exceeding the 60-vote threshold needed for passage. Arkansas Senators Lincoln and Pryor both voted yes. We’re now headed for a Friday finale in the House.

Opponents of the state’s ban on unmarried couples fostering children will ask the Department of Human Services at a hearing today to suspend its practice. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the American Civil Liberties Union, and physician and social worker associations said the ban puts an unfair burden on an already stressed foster-care system.

Arkansas Times reports that former state senator and former insurance executive Jay Bradford will be appointed state insurance commissioner in January, when the term of Commissioner Julie Benafield Bowman expires.

State Rep. Donna Hutchinson of Bella Vista is having a bill drafted for the 2009 legislative session that would partially reimburse college freshmen at state universities who pass remediation courses. She says this will allow the state to know the cost of successful remediation.

A Southeast Arkansas woman who argued she lost custody of her son because of a judge’s perception of her alleged practice of Wicca lost her appeal before a divided state Court of Appeals.

Two companies announced a new $1.3 billion natural gas pipeline that will move gas from the Fayetteville Shale formation in Arkansas to major gas distribution lines. It will run from Conway through White Counties.

Multiple sources tell Arkansas Times that Arkansas is in the hunt to be the new location of the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree, which draws some 100,000 Scouts every summer. Acreage in western Saline County — possibly Weyerhaeuser timberland — is reportedly under consideration.

Activation of the 19th Air Mobility Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base marks a change of mission from training to operational readiness.

A call center in Hot Springs that announced it would lay off almost all its workers said Wednesday that it has been selected to handle business for a new client and employ more than 500 people. That means an additional 75 hires for an unnamed Fortune 100 company.

The John Q. Hammons Convention Center and Hotel in Russellville has been delayed until early next year. Hammons is delaying several projects right now.

A Marion Arkansas cotton firm, fearing that Paul Reinhart Inc. of Richardson, Texas will not be able to honor its contracts, is readying a lawsuit to recover for farmers in the region potential losses of up to $50 million. Reinhart holds futures contracts on up to 425,000 bales of cotton to be harvested this year in Arkansas, Mississippi and the boot heel of Missouri,

Faulkner County officials had forgotten that the 1930’s-era courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. They would like to get that changed so they can renovate the place or tear it down and build a new one.

Prosecutors charged six black students with felony battery as adults, accusing them of beating a white student over racial slurs written on a bathroom wall at Hermitage High School in Bradley County.