Arkansas’ early Wednesday happenings

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross says he’s opposed to a government-funded public option as part of an overhaul of the nation’s health care system.

Former President George W. and Laura Bush are due in Little Rock in the next few days for a “small dinner” in the Heights. Reported hosts: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ford.

Arkansas must create a program to deal with electronic waste before items such as televisions, computers and video players are barred from the state’s landfills next year, according to state Department of Environmental Quality Director Teresa Marks.

The Teacher Retirement System will entertain an offer to sell the Victory Building it owns near the state Capitol at less than half its original value.

State agencies and departments purchasing auto parts and supplies from AutoZone could save up to 20 percent under a contract signed between the parts supplier and the state of Arkansas.

Not to be outdone by Lieutenant Governor Halter, House Speaker Robbie Wills today signed his own letter of agreement with Chinese officials.

Twenty-eight convicted murderers, armed robbers and rapists claim they’re being illegally discriminated against because they have to serve at least 70 percent of their sentences before they can get credit for good behavior and qualify for parole.

The chapel at Tucker Prison will likely be demolished. It is on low ground, subject to flooding, and deteriorating.

State Police reports 170 DWI arrests statewide over the Labor Day weekend. More than 560 were ticketed in four days for failure to wear seat belts.

A Starbucks store in Russellville, Ark., violated federal law when it refused to hire an applicant for a barista position because of his multiple sclerosis), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges in a lawsuit.

Poultry giant Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. requested an extension for its “exclusive” period to file a plan without interference from competitors.

The nation’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, posted net losses of $107.7 million, compared with a loss of $13.2 million in the same period last year.

A federal judge has denied convicted evangelist Tony Alamo’s request for a new trial.

Authorities have charged a University of Arkansas maintenance employee with rape after a student told police she was attacked in her dorm room.

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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