Arkansas Thursday morning update

Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush passed through the capitol city last evening and reportedly dined in the Joe Ford residence. It is suggested that fundraising for the Bush Presidential Library was the topic.

A panel studying ways to generate more funding for state highway improvements in the state should think big — $8 billion or more — and not settle for anything less, state highway commissioner Madison Murphy said yesterday.

State transportation officials have submitted an application for federal money to help build the proposed Bella Vista bypass. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is asking for a $145.4 million federal economic stimulus grant to help pay for part of the $358 million dollar project.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management issued a reminder Wednesday for residents to prepare for a disaster of any sort: a tornado, flood or earthquake.

Gov. Mike Beebe says he doesn’t think politics is involved just because Arkansas Teacher Retirement System Director George Hopkins is suspending efforts to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars from retirees who failed to report that they had returned to work.

Attorneys for the state and for the Pulaski County Special and North Little Rock school districts say the schools should be released from federal court supervision.

Fifteen proposals for new sites for the Arkansas State Fairgrounds — offering a smorgasbord of large tracts of land, mostly undeveloped, throughout central Arkansas — were submitted by Tuesday’s deadline.

Three Arkansas banks are on a list of banks with the highest level of troubled loans compiled by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University. On the list are Metropolitan National Bank of Little Rock, Parkway Bank of Rogers and Southern Bank of Commerce of Paragould.

JBS, the world’s largest beef producer headquartered in Brazil, will buy a majority stake in bankrupt Texas-based poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride, as JBS resumes global expansion by acquisitions.

Airtherm has announced a $2.7 million expansion at its plant at Forrest City, where it will add 45 jobs,

Pope County Sheriff Aaron DuVall confirmed several individuals were involved in a physical altercation Sept. 8 at a residence in Dover where a man was found dead earlier the same day as a result of gunshot wounds.

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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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