First thing Friday headlines

Arkansas’ two U.S. senators voted with fellow Democrats and a number of Republicans today as the Senate confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has advised the retirement system for state workers to investigate and try to recoup money paid to any elected officials found to be improperly collecting retirement benefits and a paycheck.

Dr. Trent Pierce, the West Memphis doctor seriously injured by an unsolved bombing at his home, attended his first Medical Board meeting since the blast. He said the Board would not be “intimidated” by those trying to influence Board decisions.

The Arkansas Board of Correction has approved a plan to stop maximum-security inmates from making guard uniforms and to tighten security at its lockups.

The state Department of Finance and Administration will take no action on a protest filed by a Little Rock advertising firm whose bid for a contract with the Arkansas Lottery was rejected.

In an in-depth investigation, The Smoking Gun has reported that “Dex,” the online altar ego for the man who heads up the network of pranksters implicated in a string of motel and fast food restaurant valdalisms, is 25-year-old Windsor, Ontario, resident Tariq Malik. The FBI says there is no violation of federal laws and has halted its investigation.

Saline County officials want their area to be considered as a possible new locations for the Arkansas State Fair.

Little Rock-based Dillard’s reports $439 million in July sales, down 15 percent from last July.

Two giant, Memphis-based cotton merchants — Allenberg Cotton Co. and Dunavant Enterprises — are negotiating a merger

Conway’s Log Cabin Democrat is reporting on the new seat belt law. Sharen Carter with the Conway Police Department tells the paper 77 out 109 citations for not wearing seat belts were issued to people between the ages of 16-30.

Arrest warrant is issued for Amber Liane Turley, 26, of Plumerville — wanted on three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, stemming from the April 19 drowning deaths of her children in Brewer Lake. Turley was driving home from a friend’s house when she drove into the lake.

A Drew County man has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals in the beating death of a horse.

A man and his wife are facing 14 felony counts of animal cruelty. The couple is accused of letting their horses starve to death in a field near Lansing, Arkansas. The 56-year old woman was initially issued a written citation, Sunday, before deputies realized Arkansas law had changed two days prior, making animal cruelty a felony.

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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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