It’s early Friday, let’s get the news

The Washington Post reports Carl Rove admits a role in replacing Bud Cummins as federal prosecutor for eastern Arkansas with Republican operative Tim Griffin.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has wiped out her political campaign debts and is sitting on more than $3 million in surplus senatorial and presidential campaign cash. She says she’s not running for anything.

Two expert witnesses who state that phosphorous in the Illinois River came from poultry litter and not other sources will not be allowed to testify at trial, a federal judge ruled. The case is set for trial Sept. 21.

Juli’s Law goes into effect today. The law requires authorities to take DNA samples from people charged with certain crimes and store them in a database. Juli’s law is named after 21-year-old Juli Busken, a ballerina from Benton who was murdered in Oklahoma in 1996. A decade later, a jury convicted her killer after DNA linked him to the crime.

Teenage drivers are getting some new restrictions, but they will only apply to those who don’t yet have their licenses. The new measure bans motorists younger than 18 from driving between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. except for work, school or emergencies. It also restricts the number of passengers a young driver can have in a vehicle and bans texting behind the wheel.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he hopes training for the state’s police and sheriff’s offices will help them enforce Arkansas’ new animal cruelty law.

State lawmakers are asking the chairman of the state Board of Correction why they didn’t learn about an inmate’s near death until it came out in a news article.

The University of Central Arkansas will continue to appropriate money to athletics from nonathletic student fees and housing revenue, but new President Allen C. Meadors said he would like to phase the practice out.

Authorities are investigating the Upper Southwest Arkansas Solid Waste Management District’s spending after roughly $500,000 in questionable transactions were identified by district officials.

The Arkansas Soybean Association is urging producers to enter “The Race for 100 Yield Contest” and compete for a $50,000 prize.

Employees of a conferencing company in the San Francisco area are seeking more than $125,000 in unpaid salaries from former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and Little Rock developer Steve Clary,

Baldor Electric Co. of Fort Smith saw earning fall 73 percent in the second quarter.

The Southeast Arkansas chapter of the American Red Cross is one of five chapters in the state that have received disaster response trailers, courtesy of a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation.

Little Rock Wastewater Utility plans to seek homeowners to volunteer to have their sewer lines inspected as the utility studies ways to carry out a proposal that would require video camera inspections and necessary repairs before homes are sold.

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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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