Wednesday Arkansas Waking Up News

Arkansas’ attorney general said Tuesday that he’ll keep pushing to end the roughly $60 million a year the state gives in desegregation funding to three Pulaski County school districts that say they’ve been successfully desegregated.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the consolidation of the Lakeview School District with the Barton-Lexa School District.

An 8th. Circuit Court of Appeals panel rules that former Congressman Tommy Robinson had been improperly held in criminal contempt of a bankruptcy court order. That frees him from a 60-day jail sentence and $5,000 fine.

The Arkansas lottery has hired 13 more employees, including a former head football coach at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a son of a former state lawmaker

Average scores on the SAT college entrance exam dipped slightly for the high school class of 2009, Arkansas SAT-takers scored better than the national average, although only 1,460 students in the state took the test.

The Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department is seeking $500,000 in federal stimulus money to study a high-speed rail route from Little Rock to Texarkana. It’s part of a plan that ultimately would halve that five-hour drive from Little Rock to Dallas.

The number of passengers departing and arriving from the state’s largest airport has declined nearly 10 percent this year through July, but airport revenue hasn’t dropped at the same pace because of increased fees for parking and landings and a leaner budget.

Raytheon Missile Systems executives say the future of the company’s plant in East Camden appears to be assured for years to come.

Entergy Corp. plans to shift 200 positions from Arkansas to Mississippi.

Wal-Mart is launching walk-in bill paying services at its stores nationwide.

Dillard’s announced the election of former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts to its board of directors.

A Nevada County teenager is in critical condition after being airlifted to Arkansas Children’s Hospital with head injuries sustained in a skateboarding accident. Officials say the youngster was being pulled by a pickup truck.

A man who lived on property owned by Tony Alamo Christian Ministries was sentenced Monday in federal court to two years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

Independence County authorities say a woman waiting to pick up a child at school was arrested and charged with drunken-driving and drug possession after a deputy had to wake her up as she sat behind the wheel of her 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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