Monday morning Arkansas news

Congressman Mike Ross says passing health care reform in Congress will take bipartisan effort, despite some talk by Democrats in favor of going it alone.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services released July 2009 data, which shows the state’s unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.4 percent. One year ago, Arkansas’ unemployment rate stood at 5 percent. The United States’ jobless rate, at 9.4 percent, fell one-tenth of a percentage point.

State Senate President Pro Tem Bob Johnson, D-Bigleow is considering challenging U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the 2010 Democratic primary.

Seventeen Arkansas school districts received an A while nine others scored F’s in a new study by the Arkansas Policy Foundation. The Forrest City, Dermott, Augusta, Helena-West Helena, Turrell, Earle, Hughes, Dollarway, and Hermitage districts each received an F.

Memphis public schools will have a new “no fail” policy in grades one through three.

Rudy Garza of Bella Vista is the only certified gambling addiction counselor in Arkansas, and he is still waiting for a call from the Lottery Commission. The games are set for a Sept. 28 start and the legislature has required some of the proceeds to help people with gambling problems.

The state of Arkansas has agreed to pay more than $130,000 in back overtime wages for 161 wildlife officers.

A $9 million boost in federal funding will result in 150 new permanent jobs for an Arkansas state agency to process other states’ Social Security disability claims.

A fund set up at the direction of state lawmakers in 2005 to receive donations from taxpayers who wanted to help ease the burdens of soldiers and their families has gone largely ignored by the Arkansas National Guard, despite a $65,000 balance.

A Fort Smith lawyer who obtained e-mails in defiance of a judge’s order in a lawsuit involving Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain must track down all copies he sent to reporters and others, a judge has ruled.

Arkansas businesses are increasingly passing the costs of benefits on to employees, according to an annual survey released by the Arkansas Compensation Association.

A legislative committee will consider a proposal by Sen. Sue Madison, D-Fayetteville to study repealing legislation implementing the state lottery.

State Sen. Sharon Trusty, R-Russellville, resigned from her post Friday, saying she needed to attend to her family.

Claiborne Deming, the former CEO and current chairman of Murphy Oil Corp.’s executive committee, will give his views on the nation’s energy future on Aug. 28 at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.

You may recall that Hot Springs hosts the world’s shortest parade every year on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Next year, the grand marshal is Bo Derek.


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.

One Response to Monday morning Arkansas news

  1. Pete Russo says:

    Arkansas Unemployment Trends – June 2009

    Arkansas Unemployment Situation in Heat Map form:
    here is a map of Arkansas Unemployment in June 2009 (BLS data)

    versus Arkansas Unemployment Levels 1 year ago

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