Friday morning happenings

Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is planning to attend a gala at the controversial Shepherd Hotel in East Jerusalem. The Obama administration has condemned Israeli plans to renovate and construct housing on the site of the hotel, which is located in a Palestinian neighborhood:

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln tells Arkansas county officials Health care reform will not break the budget or cost millions of Americans their health insurance as critics claim.

In a Texarkana meeting, Congressman Mike Ross says the current health system is not sustainable and that the average American family spends 17% of its income on medical care. He won’t support a government-run, single-payer system, not deficit-neutral, or that funds health care for illegal immigrants or uses public funds to provide abortions.

An economist who claims the poultry industry knew for years about the environmental harm chicken waste was causing in an Oklahoma watershed will be allowed to testify in a federal pollution trial

The Lottery Legislative Oversight Committee approves contracts entered by the Commission, including one with a Little Rock ad agency that would require broadcast stations to run one free lottery commercial for every paid lottery ad.

An Arkansas prison spokeswoman says allegations that a death-row guard had a romantic relationship with an inmate were determined to be “unfounded,” but the employee was fired for passing items between inmates.

A state advisory board recommends hospitals in Little Rock, Memphis and Springfield, Missouri to provide the highest level of care under Arkansas’ new statewide trauma system.

Arkansas properties in some level of foreclosure are up more than 110% from July 2008

Entergy says declining fuel costs means it can cut electric rates by 3.1 percent Sept. 1. Average bill (1,000 kwh), would be about $106.

Tighter inventory controls helped Wal-Mart earn more than Wall Street forecast in its second quarter, but the key barometer of same-stores sales fell at the world’s largest retailer.

Medical experts testified for the third day Wednesday that animals, not humans, caused wounds on three West Memphis boys who were killed in 1993.

A Jacksonville man facing the death penalty in a Faulkner County double-homicide tried unsucessfully to fire his public defender after the attorney said he wants to challenge state doctors’ findings that Troy Allen Crook is competent to stand trial on an unrelated charge.

A 27-year-old Little Rock woman who prosecutors say ruined a capital-murder trial by lying on the witness stand was sentenced to five years of probation for perjury.

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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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