Now let’s check out the early Monday Arkansas update

Weather Service officials  report that until the last day of July, 9.05 inches of rain has fallen in Marianna, without all of the days being reported. They said 8.55 inches of rain has also fallen in West Memphis, which eclipsed the record of 8.52 inches recorded in 1995.

The hot political rumor is that former Carl Rove political operative Tim Griffin is considering a run against Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross, who was leading the Blue Dog Democrats opposing health care reform legislation and who voted for a compromise Friday night.

Collections were only about half what state officials predicted in fiscal 2009, the first year of the new severance tax on natural gas.

State Sen. Sue Madison of Fayetteville will ask a legislative committee to study her proposal to repeal the legislation setting up the Lottery Commission.

Six advertising agencies have expressed interest in the Lottery Commission’s Request for Proposals.

Two union-backed groups are merging so they can consolidate their efforts to pressure Wal-Mart to provide higher pay and better benefits.

Whirlpool will lay off about 300 employees at its Fort Smith manufacturing facility.

The CityWire.com reports Gerber Foods may invest $65 million in a plant and equipment expansion that could result in 37 new full-time jobs

Little Rock often gets an undeserved bad rap for crime, but there have been five shootings in the capitol city, including one homicide, since Friday evening.

Prosecutors say they’ll seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing a soldier outside of an Arkansas Army recruiting center. A 23 year-old man has entered a “not guilty” plea in the shootings.

A former Arkansas State Police sergeant who now is a Faulkner County justice of the peace says he submitted his own DNA under a fictitious name in 2000 as part of an investigation into the still-unsolved 1990 rape and beating death of a Greenbrier woman. Jerry Roberts says he used a cigarette to turn in his own DNA rather than that of his then-ailing brother, who owned a business beside the video store where victim.

Pulaski County Quorum Court members are gearing up for a debate in the coming weeks over raising trash-collection fees for those in unincorporated parts of the county.

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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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