Some early Tuesday news

(Looks like I took Monday off, but I didn’t)

Gov. Mike Beebe released a list of about $42 million in federal stimulus spending on higher education and another $26 million for other educational needs. The biggest single expenditure was $6 million for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts, in Hot Springs. The Schools for the Blind and Deaf got $3.5 million each.

Arkansas schools will receive just over $5 million under a program created six years ago to reward those that show significant academic gains.

The Department of Health says vaccine for swine flu is being developed and is expected to be available in Arkansas by mid-October. The vaccine will first be given to high-risk groups before it is distributed to everyone, and that vaccine will be separate than the one for regular flu.

The state Board of Education rejected an appeal by the Little Rock District of the probationary status assigned to two high schools and permanently revoked the license of a former Brookland teacher who assaulted his superintendent.

With more than $1 million in stimulus money coming in, the Pine Bluff Police Department expects to have seven new officers on the streets — but it will take about a year.

Some lawmakers are unhappy after a meeting with prison officials at the Cummins Prison Unit and a walk through the four checkpoints two convicted killers passed dressed as prison guards during a recent escape.

The Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute is working to ensure that police officers, sheriff’s deputies and prosecutors are up to speed on the new animal cruelty law

The Wall Street Journal reports that states are seeing less revenue from lotteries and casinos.

ATF agents identify Dr. Randeep Mann as the “prime suspect” in the bombing of West Memphis Dr. Trent Pierce, who chairs the state Medical Board. Mann already faces federal charges for illegal possession of hand grenades and firearms.

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses a North Little Rock retirement community of violating civil rights laws by evicting a resident because he has HIV.

Phoenix Renewable Energy of Hot Springs and the city of Camden will break ground Thursday on a $110 million wood pellet plant. The Camden plant is expected to hire about 40 workers and employ 30 truck drivers.

Winds of Change Leaseholding LLC, formally announced its intention to build a community wind farm on 500 acres in Benton County, Arkansas.

Harry King, the marquee sports columnist for Stephens Media newspapers in Arkansas, is the third sportswriter to be inducted into the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

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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