Thursday morning Arkansas news

Lottery officials estimated that they sold $1.32 million worth of scratch-off tickets on Tuesday, just slightly ahead of Monday’s opening day revenue.

Politico notes Princella Smith, now working for a Republican congressman and has ties to Newt Gingrich, is being encouraged to return home to Arkansas and run against U.S. Rep. Marion Berry.

Rep. Beverly Pyle, R-Cedarville isn’t giving up on trying to repeal a state law that bans concealed weapons in church.

The federal judge hearing Oklahoma’s lawsuit against Arkansas poultry companies, reversing his previous ruling, allowed government attorneys to admit reports describing problems associated with chicken waste in the Illinois River watershed.

Police agencies are preparing to enforce new laws going into effect today that will ban texting while driving and place restrictions on cell phone use by young drivers.

Mid-South Community College in West Memphis has been awarded a $2 million federal grant to help construct a diesel-biodiesel technology education center.

Construction on War Memorial Stadium’s new $7.3 million press box is expected to start this winter.

ACORN state affiliate is laying off five of its seven paid workers.

Windstream, the Little Rock-based phone company with operations in 16 states, said today it will cut 350 jobs by the end of the year.

Leaders in Fort Smith are celebrating a new $80 million Mars Petcare plant that’s expected to bring 200 jobs to the area.

Ken Lewis will depart as CEO at Bank of America by year’s end.

TPH Partners of Houston says that former Murphy Oil CEO Claiborne P. Deming has joined as a Senior Advisor to the energy middle-market private equity fund.

Target and Wal-Mart will do battle this holiday season. Transformers Autobots’ Optimus Prime and Bumblebee might get caught in the middle.

An audit critical of Helena-West Helena finds “significant deficiencies” in the city’s finances during 2007, including nearly $20,000 in improper disbursements to Mayor James Valley.

State auditors have reported Pine Bluff’s city collector and a former parks and recreation official to prosecutors.

Little Rock would have to cut 185 jobs next week to make up half of a $3 million year-end shortfall if city directors choose to leave the city’s solid-waste fund reserves untouched.

A federal judge says he’ll hear requests in January from two Pulaski County school districts that say they’re ready to be declared desegregated and released from court supervision.

The latest and possible last salvos in hearings for convicted killers Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley will be fired today and Friday in the Craighead County Courthouse. Prosecutors are expected to have expert witnesses testify that wounds inflicted on three West Memphis 8-years-olds could have been caused by a knife, not animal predation.

A high school teacher with the Pulaski County Special School District is under arrest, based on a sex investigation. Timothy Lee Minton was picked up at his North Little Rock home and is facing 4 counts of aggravated sexual assault in the first degree.

Little Rock police are investigating the early Wednesday morning homicide of an unidentified woman whose body was discovered on fire in a local street.

The taped statement of a man admitting he shot another man outside a Paris Wal-Mart was played for the jury in his murder trial.

Linda Caillouet reports in the Democrat-Gazette’s Paper Trails that Maxine Brown Russell of North Little Rock, famed singer of the 1950s country/pop group The Browns, is set to undergo surgery for two brain aneurysms and a blocked carotid artery Oct. 6.

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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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