Thursday Arkansas stories

It won’t be discussed publicly for a while, but the death of Senator Ted Kennedy may open the way for Blanche Lincoln to become Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

As many as three flu shots may be needed to protect against seasonal flu and swine flu, according to the state Department of Health. One shot will be needed for seasonal flu and possibly two shots will be needed for the swine flu, also known as H1N1.

Two environmental groups have filed a new request to state regulators asking them to stop construction of a coal-fired power plant in southwest Arkansas.The Sierra Club and National Audubon Society filed the request to the Arkansas Pollution Control & Ecology Commission.

The State Police Retirement System posted a return of minus 23.5 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30, the worst among five Arkansas state retirement systems in its last year as a stand-alone plan.

Arkansas consumers pushed more than $23.4 million in Cash for Clunker applications, or just 0.8% of the total $2.87 billion reported Wednesday (Aug. 26) by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The state Lottery Commission says that Powerball should launch Oct. 31. The scratch off games are set for a Sept. 28 start.

A Murphy Oil station in Magnolia has been selected by the Arkansas Lottery Commission as the ceremomious first licensed retailer for the state’s lottery.

The KIPP charter schools, which have proved a success story in Helena, have chosen Blytheville as the location for the next KIPP school in Arkansas.

A judge says Windstream Corp. has the power to reduce retiree benefits and force retirees to share health insurance costs.

During the April-June period Springdale-based Tyson Foods spent more than $637,880 to lobby the U.S. Government on multiple issues, according to a recent disclosure report.

Poultry processor Sanderson Farms Inc. cashed in on higher chicken prices and lower grain costs to ring up a $46 million turnaround in bottomline profit reported Tuesday.

A Clay County woman who has struggled all her life with a rare medical condition that causes her to fluctuate between the extremes of masculinity and femininity, Lisa Dawn Shipley of Rector, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright to eight years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Two Fayetteville men accused of beating a man to death were acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

The Miller County jail, plagued last year by security and contraband problems, has won praise from the state panel that reviews detention facilities and is no longer on probation.

A Conway woman is being held without bail today in the death of her 6-year-old son. Shequena Marie Williams being held at the Faulkner County Jail on first degree murder charges.

A Van Buren County man accused of holding his daughter underwater so long during an outdoor baptism that she became numb is awaiting trial on charges of kidnapping, battery and endangering the welfare of a minor.

A former church secretary has been sentenced to five years of probation for stealing $50,000 from Little Rock First Presbyterian Church. Jennifer Jacovelli brought the money to court to repay the church. Jacovelli’s mother mortgaged her home to raise the money.

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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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