Favoritism for Matt Jones? (and other Saturday headlines)

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones was released from jail Saturday, a day earlier than he was originally ordered to stay for drinking beer in violation of his plea agreement for a drug charge.

Arkansas fell 73-58 at the hands of the Florida Gators in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

Sen. Blanche Lincoln is running for a third term, and says her top priority is to get unemployed Arkansans working again.

Gov. Mike Beebe made clear tax cuts for grocery shoppers and manufacturers will be the only revenue-reducing measures coming out of the Legislature this year.

Transportation Department on Friday approved plans for spending most of the $351.5 million it will receive in federal stimulus money and voted to partner with the state of Missouri on trying to obtain a grant to build the Bella Vista Bypass.

The launch of a satellite medical school in Northwest Arkansas is set for July 7. Six medical students will begin classes that day at the new University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences-Northwest. They’ll be joined by colleagues in pharmacy, nursing and allied health professions.

A disciplinary panel has recommended that Helena-West Helena judge L. T. Simes be removed from the bench after finding he acted as an attorney while serving as a judge.

The final phase of the Vilonia bypass tops the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department’s list of stimulus-funded projects, money-wise, but its place on the second tier of projects means the last round of work is still months away.

Circuit judges in Jefferson and Lincoln counties voted Friday to quit routinely sealing arrest affidavits, a practice that open-records advocates said was overbroad and violated the public’s right to know the information.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network Foundation says its fundraising efforts are 50 percent behind projections “due to the recession and the loss of two transmitters.”

Proposals to allow the Legislature to appropriate lottery revenue, to repeal annual legislative sessions and remove language from the state constitution banning atheists from holding public office are among the measures that could come before lawmakers this week as they begin considering proposed constitutional amendments.

A bill mandating stricter requirements for proving voter identity failed along party lines in a state House of Representatives committee Friday.

A $15,000 bond was set Friday for 28 year-old Delores Woods of Pine Bluff who allegedly beat her daughter with an extension cord, then sent the girl to school where welts and blood were observed.