Tuesday back to work Arkansas morning headlines

A clarification. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Stephens Media Group plan to merge their northwest Arkansas properties into a single company and not a Joint Operating Agreement as previously reported.

The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas reports that lawmakers who previously called for an investigation of the state prison system after recent developments, including the escape of two murders, now seem satisfied with Director Larry Norris.

Arkansas faces unique challenges in the national health-care debate as a mostly poor, rural state with high rates of chronic illness and a large proportion of people working for small businesses, according to politicians and health-care officials. Congress gets back to work this week.

Early voting in school board elections begins today.

Republican leaders say they have been largely excluded from decision making in setting up the Lottery.

The Grocers Association and the Oil Marketers are asking the Lottery Commission for a bigger cut of ticket sales.

The University of Arkansas system board has approved the first-ever doctoral program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff – a Ph.D. in aquaculture and fisheries.

In the Memphis area, an infant is reported to have died of swine flu.

Entergy is asking  for an upward adjustment in its base rates, which have not increased in 24 years, but company officials said the increase would not result in higher bills.

Organizers in Saline County are preparing a proposal to become hosts of the State Fair.

Since June, more than a dozen bankruptcy filings have been made by construction-related businesses in northwest Arkansas, leaving more than $60 million in unpaid debt.

A former high school baseball coach accused of raping two teenage boys was acquitted of all charges by a Washington County jury.

State Police are investigating what has been termed an accidental shooting and death of a 15 year-old Weiner boy.

Jonesboro police have arrested a suspect who alleged fired shots at a home where a birthday party for a 3-year-old girl was taking place. Two adults were wounded.

Three of seven seats are up for election on the Little Rock School Board, but all three incumbents are running for re-election — and none drew a challenger.

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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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