Monday’s first news capsule (open wide!)

Doyle Webb, head of the state Republican Party, calls on elected officials who have faked retirement to collect two checks simultaneously to resign and pay the money back.

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System is looking into its procedures and past failures to report earnings over the legal limit.

600 retailers have applied to sell Arkansas lottery tickets, and most applicants are convenience stores and gas stations.

Arkansas lottery officials say their decision to use a computer to generate winning numbers when lottery games start this fall makes economic sense, but the use of computerized drawings by lotteries in other states has not been free of problems.

The Department of Human Services is reassigning supervisors and hiring 100 new caseworkers, after an analysis exposed inadequate management. Seven of the 29 deaths in foster care were the result of abuse.

The Joint Interim Committees on Judiciary, State Agencies, and Joint Performance Review will meet this morning at the Cummins Prison.

No law specifically prevents highway commissioners from also working for the governor, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office says. Highway Commissioner Cliff Hoofman has worked as a legislative liaison for Gov. Mike Beebe during the past two legislative sessions.

A 46-year-old white woman who died Saturday at a Little Rock hospital is the state’s first confirmed swine-flu death.

Opponents of a new Arkansas law that bans practitioners of alternative medicine from dispensing drugs or identifying themselves as doctors are asking a federal judge to declare the law unconstitutional.

Authorities have arrested a Wilton man on suspicion of killing his estranged wife at a deer camp in rural Little River County.

The wife of a Pope County doctor awaiting trial on a grenade-possession charge joins her husband in jail after federal prosecutors accused both of conspiring to impede an investigation and concealing documents.

Authorities say the mother whose three young boys drowned when she drove into a central Arkansas lake had been drinking before the accident.


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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