Friday morning items of interest

Arkansas’s senators have sent three names to the White House for  witheach of three coming vacancies on the federal bench, two in Little Rock and one in South Arkansas

Arkansas Times blog reports a daycare operator in Central Arkansas stored some blue windshield washer fluid in a refrigerator and then accidentally swapped it for beverages for 11 children. All are expected to be fine.

A Saline County woman is behind bars this morning after admitting putting Valium in her boss’ coffee.

Arkansas had 1,616 properties in some form of foreclosure in February, up 6.6% over January and up more than 16% over February 2008

A Chicago-based maker of toaster pastries and granola bars announced today plans to hire 250 for a production facility in Searcy.

Employees were told Tuesday that IC Corp. will have another layoff, a spokesman for parent company Navistar confirmed.

In Prescott, Firestone has announced a layoff of 71 employees at the company’s building products plant.

Russellville officials are wary about granting developers an extension to break ground on the new John Q. Hammons hotel and shopping center.

Stephens Insurance LLC, one of the nation’s largest independent insurance companies, is expanding its commercial insurance services with the addition of eight employees in the Little Rock office

No tuition increase is planned at the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas for next school year if lawmakers restore part of a budget cut made for the current school year.

A majority of House and Senate members signed on Wednesday to support legislation that would put the day-to-day operations of a lottery in the hands of an independent commission and use the games’ proceeds to overhaul the state’s Academic Challenge scholarships.

Dr. Phil Shirley, president of Southeast Arkansas College, is appealing to state representatives not to leave out needy and non-traditional students as they appropriate funds for scholarships from state lottery proceeds.

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill that says produce growers won’t pay sales tax at farmers markets.

A defendant who must cough up $12.6 million in a civil suit asked for a new trial Thursday because a juror used Twitter to talk about the case during the proceedings.