Grab your coffee and check out the Wednesday morning headlines

The Senate Finance Committee is headed toward recommending a health care plan based primarily on a cooperative system but with elements of the public option favored by President Obama, according to U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

Arkansas fell to 47th place in this year’s annual ranking of child well-being, the first drop in four years, and is among the worst in the nation in terms of child poverty and mortality, according to the Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

16 Arkansas police departments will receive a total of $8,683,270 to hire 60 new officers. The funds will provide up to 75 percent of the officers’ total salary and benefits for three years; state or local funds pay the remainder.

The state lottery commission has added 17 new employees.

The hottest political rumor is that St. Rep. Allen Kerr might oppose Gov. Mike Beebe next year. Kerr is leading the charge against elected officials who collect retirement pay without retiring.

Arkansas’ top highway official says the state’s portion of Interstate 69 will be built on only a piecemeal basis unless the federal government makes a major financial commitment to it.

With approval of $250,000 in stimulus funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dumas is one step closer for the Delta Technology Education Center.

CNBC, in its third annual ranking of the states that put it all together for business, put Arkansas at 31st.

Wal-Mart has priced the first samurai bonds from a U.S. borrower since Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. defaulted on its yen debt in September. About $800 million dollars American currency will be raised. Proceeds will go for general corporate use.

Metropolitan National Bank is reporting a second-quarter loss of $32.5 million, which executives blamed on commercial real estate troubles in northwest Arkansas and an aggressive marking-to-market of loan values

The list of identity theft victims at the Fayetteville school district grows longer, and police are trying to figure out what happened. So, 30 employees personal information has been compromised.

A Warren man working on the new interchange in south Pine Bluff was killed when a strap attached to the bulldozer he was operating reportedly broke loose and smashed through the rear window of the bulldozer.

Authorities say a man and his young grandson have drowned in a Lonoke County pond.

The man accused of killing an Arkansas television anchorwoman will face trial in November, as prosecutors prepare for what will likely be a death-penalty case.

Trial is to start today for a man accused of killing a worker in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Paris.

An investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Department released by the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office revealed that two police officers were justified when they inadvertently shot a homicide victim in the head last month.

A retired U.S. Naval Academy professor accused of raping and molesting a 12-year-old girl has entered an Alford plea in the case. Sixty-six-year-old Patrick Harrison of Hot Springs, Ark., entered the plea to second-degree sexual assault Tuesday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges the prosecutors have enough evidence to convict.

About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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