Thursday morning news from around Arkansas

The state lottery may begin operations in late September. There will be computer generated numbers and no “live” drawing. The commission has three bids on the scratch-off tickets.

The Arkansas Department of Correction plans to modify its trailer used to shelter hounds to provide more ventilation after three dogs died of heat exhaustion during a search earlier this month.

A variety of new laws are taking effect, including measures that make animal cruelty a felony, set a minimum age to legally operate a personal watercraft and enhance the graduated driver’s license.

Authorities say a Judsonia woman was hospitalized Wednesday after a lightning strike. The woman was working at a Flea Market and had her hand on a tent pole when lightning struck.

Hendrix College has been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education. The education services company features the school in the 2010 edition of its guidebook, “The Best 371 Colleges.” One advantage is the athletic facilities (honest).

With at least one exception, Arkansas companies making products intended for upscale markets appear to be weathering the recession well. The exceptional case is that of Ranger Boats at Flippin.

Acxiom’s earnings for the first quarter of its fiscal 2010 are down about 61 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Total revenue for the quarter is down about 23 percent from its fiscal 2009.

Deltic Timber Corp. says second quarter net income fell 60 percent.

J.B. Hunt and SunEco Energy announce the signing of a cooperative agreement, which could lead to J.B. Hunt becoming a significant purchaser of biodiesel made from natural algae oil using SunEco’s proprietary technology.

Little Rock police cars are getting a new type of siren that allows other cars and bystanders to feel the sound. Think of it as a huge sub-woofer.

A former McDonald’s employee accused of posting nude pictures of a woman on the Internet denied wrongdoing in his answer to a lawsuit against him and the restaurant chain.

A federal appeals court has ruled that a co-occupant of a house, where the two adult residents shared a computer, had the standing to give consent for police to search for child pornography.

A Fayetteville man has been sentenced to community service and ordered to apologize for driving his Chevrolet Surbuban on a sidewalk to scare anti-abortion protesters last year.

A former Arkansas State University employee has been arrested on suspicion of felony theft. Virginia DeMaine was arrested after an investigation by Arkansas State Police and is accused of taking money intended for the university’s Childhood Development Associate Program.

A former Air Force lieutenant has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on child pornography charges


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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