Tuesday Arkansas early morning headlines

Legislators are steaming over reports from an audit of the Teacher Retirement System under former director and former Massachusetts lawmaker Paul Doane. Payments were made to vendors before contracts were signed; a law firm was hired without proper bidding procedures; millions of dollars in late deposits and poor bookkeeping were noted; auditors found modifications to real estate investments without ATRS board approval.

Governor Beebe says he will release $6 million to renovate the Big Mac building on the state capitol campus, but nothing for the proposed $2 million tunnel.

The recession is profoundly disrupting American life: More people are delaying marriage and home-buying, turning to carpools yet getting stuck in ever-worse traffic, staying put rather than moving to new cities.

Former Karl Rover political operative Tim Griffen will run for congress in the second district against Vic Snyder.

Rep. Mike Ross spoke to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.  He maintained his opposition to a public option on health care even though polls show more people in his district favor it than oppose it; 47%.

UAMS neurosurgeon Ossama al-Mefty, who resigned the chairmanship of his department a couple of weeks ago, has quit UAMS altogether. Al-Mefty and his colleague Ali Krisht, who also announced recently he would resign Oct. 1 from UAMS, were among the hospital’s most celebrated surgeons.

Gov. Mike Beebe and the Egyptian ambassador to the United States will join other dignitaries Tuesday evening at a special premiere of the World of the Pharaohs exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center.

Regions Bank has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to settle a Securities & Exchange Commission complaint that it played a role in a long-term investment fraud.

An Australian publication, The Daily Reckoning, says Texas and Arkansas have the lowest housing costs on the planet. They may be exaggerating.

A Rogers District Court clerk was terminated earlier this month for allegedly deleting information regarding a defendant from the court computer system.

A West Memphis man is hospitalized after crashing his sport utility vehicle into a house while leading police on a chase.

The day all those Kris Allen fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. The reigning American Idol TV show winner and Conway resident releases his first true single Monday.

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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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