It’s time for football, hunting, and Friday’s Arkansas headlines

It has been almost two years since former Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett saw action on the field, but he plays for the Razorbacks in the season opener Saturday evening against Missouri State.

The opening of dove season on Saturday represents the traditional start of fall hunting in Arkansas. Turkey hunters have until Sept. 17 to comment on a proposal to close the fall turkey hunting season this year.

The state Department of Health is recruiting medical personnel to help give swine flu shots in what the agency says will probably be state’s largest vaccination effort ever this fall.

Stephens Media Group and the Democrat-Gazette will merge business operations in Northwest Arkansas in what is called a Joint Operating Agreement. Department of Justice approval is required and expected.

Gov. Mike Beebe says that the identities of former public employees who receive benefits through the Arkansas Public Employee Retirement System should be open to the public.

Freelance journalist Mara Leveritt has an editorial in this week’s Arkansas Times concerning the State Supreme Court seal on some records of the West Memphis Three case. Leveritt says this is against the Freedom of Information Act.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he hopes a compromise can be reached over a fight between federal and Hot Springs officials over the city’s use of a national park name in its logo.

The Cherokee Nation is moving ahead with plans for a seven-story hotel tower at its casino in West Siloam Springs on the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.

The City of Carlisle has made an official application to relocate the State Fair site.

With months of unfriendly weather behind them and a cool snap threatening their fields again, Arkansas farmers working the state’s top row crops are expecting a relatively modest year.

Southwestern Energy Co. of Houston is faring far better than its rivals during the current recession because of its involvement in the Fayetteville Shale Play, according to an article by Bloomberg news.

Dillard’s says August same-store sales fell 12 percent. Total sales for the department store chain were down 14 percent.

The first of dozens of dogs rescued from a puppy mill near Jonesboro were removed and taken in by Northeast Arkansans for Animals. Owners have agreed to cease operation and will not be prosecuted.

Faulkner County authorities say a man suspected of stealing equipment from a home at Billy Goat Mountain was thwarted after being stung dozens of times by a swarm of bees.

A decision by DeSoto County Schools to let students opt out of a Back To School message from President Barack Obama next week has generated strong feelings among parents of children attending Mississippi’s largest public school district.

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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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