Friday’s first Arkansas happenings

Saturday is Fan Day at Razorback Stadium.

Rep. Mike Ross says that providing healthcare to uninsured Americans is “not what this healthcare reform debate is about.” Ross told the AETN the bill should focus on “cost containment.”

Arkansas’ 1st District congressman says the next farm legislation might not be something that Arkansas farmers will recognize as a farm bill. Marion Berry tells the Jonesboro Sun he expects some sort of health insurance reform to pass which will provide for people with previously existing conditions and lower the cost.

The Republican National Committee’s chairman is swinging through Arkansas as the state GOP steps up its criticism of a White House plan to overhaul the health care system.

Elected officials who want to collect retirement benefits must certify they’ve first vacated their offices under a policy approved by the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System’s board.

Fuel-efficient cars will get a break on tolls and so will seniors and low-income drivers on the proposed Bella Vista bypass. Arkansas will request a $145.4 million federal grant to help build the 15 miles of the bypass.

A contract to widen the last section of U.S. 65 between Pine Bluff and Lake Village to four lanes has been tentatively awarded to a Pine Bluff company.

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is going to China on an economic development trip.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has obtained documents showing that a Department of Human Services employee fired for releasing a delinquent youth over objections and then lying about it had been warned that the boy was a “risk to the community/” That boy was arrested on charges of capital murder, theft of property and fleeing.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 19-year-old male patient at the State Hospital earlier this month.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis upholds a ruling that jailers in Garland County can be sued personally for allegedly ignoring a suspected drunk driver who suffered severe brain damage after being left unconscious in a cell for hours.

Almost 1,500 rice farmers from Arkansas and 11 other states are suing German conglomerate Bayer Cropscience and affiliated companies, claiming the farmers’ crops were corrupted by a genetically engineered strain of rice produced by Bayer.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that Wal-Mart has voluntarily recalled about 1.5 million Durabrand DVD players, citing overheating as well as fire and burn hazard.

The attorney for former Har-Ber baseball coach Mike Reagan, who is accused of raping two teenage boys, is asking a judge to reconsider rulings that prevent the defense from attacking the credibility of one of the alleged victims. Lawyers contend the state rape shield law is unconstitutional.

Police in DeQueen say a man arrested on an outstanding warrant following a traffic stop is now accused of leaving marijuana in the police officer’s patrol car.


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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