Wednesday Arkansas roundup

U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder says he thinks it would be a mistake for Democrats to oppose a health care plan if it doesn’t include a government-run public insurance option.

Nearly $5.2 million in federal stimulus money will pay for six projects to be carried out in Arkansas’ national forests.

The Highway Commission will vote today on an application for federal stimulus money to build a Bella Vista bypass. It will reportedly be a toll road.

No bank applied to handle lottery claims by the bid deadline . That means the lottery will open claims centers in Springdale, Warren and Jonesboro.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued his proposal to Pulaski County public school districts to end state desegregation payments to the districts. He says the state would continue desegregation payments in Pulaski County for seven years — currently about $68 million a year.

A Tulsa federal judge has refused to reconsider a ruling that barred Oklahoma from pursuing damages in its lawsuit against 12 Arkansas poultry companies.

Gerber. in Fort Smith will pay $900,000 to settle accusations of discriminating  against women and minority-group applicants.

Cooper Land Development, a luxury home development company headquartered in Rogers, has agreed to pay a civil penalty and implement a storm water compliance program at its construction sites to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act

Conway police are assisting state agencies in investigating the death of a 6 year-old Conway boy. Department of Human Services’ lists that the child was shaken, suffering hematomas and cerebral edema, an accumulation of fluid in the brain causing swelling. The notification also states that the child was involved in two previous DHS cases

Dr. Randeep Mann, the Russellville doctor charged with illegal possession of grenades and other weapons, pleaded innocent to expanded charges in the case.

A Ouachita County jury has acquitted a 20-year-old man of murder charges in a shooting last year at a club in Camden, but convicted him of terroristic threatening and aggravated assault.

The circumstances surrounding a house fire that followed a cross burning in Donaldson last year has become fodder for attorneys defending four men accused in federal court of conspiring to run a white woman and her three biracial children out of town.

The Independence County coroner has been indicted on drug charges along with four other people accused of running a marijuana ring for 12 years.

Members of the Little Rock Touchdown Club will hear about Southeastern Conference football from a couple of former coaches who know whereof they speak. Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville kicks off the 2009 program on Monday and former Tennessee coach Philip Fulmer is scheduled Sept. 21.

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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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