Monday Arkansas happenings

The lottery officially started at midnight. Odds on winning are not good: 880,000-1 odds on the $100,000 prize in one $5 scratchoff game. The odds aren’t much better on the $3,000 top prize in a $1 game. , near 800,000-1.

The state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission denied a request from the Sierra Club and Audubon Arkansas to stop construction on the coal-fired plant in Hempstead County during court appeals.

State Sen. Barbara Horm from Foreman, where Southwest Electric Power Co. is building a coal-fired electric plant, wants a law that would restrict court challenges once permits have been issued.

Gov. Mike Beebe plans to visit Europe next month on an economic development mission.

A new state law that will ban reading or writing text messages and e-mails from handheld devices while driving goes into effect Thursday.

State lawmakers plan to visit eastern Arkansas in an effort to learn more about the region’s groundwater shortage

The Department of Parks and Tourism is getting an increase in its budget and is hoping cuts in other states will lead to more tourists in Arkansas. The department’s 2010 spring and summer marketing campaign budge is $6.67 million — compared to $5.96 million last year.

Two nonprofit organizations aim to open charter schools in Northwest Arkansas they say will help students from low-income families achieve at the same level as their peers. The Fayetteville and Springdale school districts, where the charter schools intend to open, will draft opposition.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Fort Smith has criminal complaints against five people and a motion to seize properties in several cities in two states as part of a bust of contractors accused of hiring and transporting illegal aliens to work on chicken catching crews.

The Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission and Jefferson County have filed a lawsuit claiming that on-line hotel booking services (Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, etc.) are not properly paying local taxes.

Metropolitan National Bank did not get the $27 million it sought when it sued the estate of Fayetteville businessman Bob Gaddy earlier this month. Washington County Circuit Court Judge Mary Ann Gunn awarded the Little Rock-based bank $2 million plus attorney’s fees Friday as part of a consent agreement.

A Dover man’s capital murder trial over the 2005 slaying of an Arkansas beauty queen has been postponed until sometime early next year.

Abandoning a University Avenue extension project would save Little Rock $1.1 million of more than $3 million city officials anticipate being short by the end of the year

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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.

One Response to Monday Arkansas happenings

  1. Does the lottery have a website yet besides the commission site?

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