It’s Monday. Here are some Arkansas stories.

The Teacher Retirement System is investigating benefit packages issued to some administrators who moved into higher education. The System has identified 170 retirees currently employed. The review, not yet complete, has so far identified seven who earned in excess of limitations. The total they must repay: $711,421.

The latest survey of legislative demographic characteristics shows Arkansas has the 13th-highest percentage of black legislators among the 50 states, 11 percent.

Cleburne Denning, the chairman and former CEO of Murphy Oil Co. says a bill before Congress to limit pollution linked to global warming is unlikely to produce the intended result.

A Fort Smith heating and cooling products manufacturer is laying off 43 employees.

There is a possibility that Whirlpool closing its Evansville, Ind. facility will increase production at the company’s refrigerator plant in Fort Smith.

Regions Bank says Full Counsel Christian Fellowship has failed to pay off a loan on its ministry headquarters building and is suing for $1.1 million. The bank also wants to sell two smaller tracts of land owned by the church.

Originally set to begin next week, the trial of a Russellville doctor charged with federal weapons and obstruction of justice charges has been rescheduled for March 15.

The father of a Vilonia student plans to pursue charges against Vilonia High School principal Ed Sellers. Greg Turman says Sellers grabbed his son’s student ID lanyard, pushed him against a wall and held him by the head and neck, choking him.

Investigators suspect conflict between neighbors sparked acts of arson, charring three houses on the same Little Rock block since Friday.

Quarterback Cannon Smith is transferring to the University of Memphis. Cannon’s father, FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith, sent a text message to the Miami Herald newspaper late Sunday saying “Cannon has decided to play for the University of Memphis.”

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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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