Friday Arkansas early morning update

An estimated 6 to 7 million doses of vaccine should be out next week, and they should include both shots and the nasal spray form of the vaccine. Arkansas will receive some of that dosage.

The Senate Finance Committee approved a proposal designed to rein in the compensation of insurance executives. The amendment sponsored by Sen. Blanche Lincoln, which was added to broader legislation overhauling the nation’s health-care system.

Lottery officials estimate they sold more than $1.4 million worth of scratch-off tickets Wednesday, the third day tickets were on sale. That is the highest revenue day so far.

Forbes magazine lists the wealthiest Americans and the Wal Mart Waltons are still on top with five of the ten richest. Warren Stephens was 97th with a net worth of $3 billion. Jonelle Hunt is 347th and worth $1.1 billion.

On the same day a state law banning texting while driving took effect, Rick Green a state lawmaker from Van Buren, says he wants an attorney general’s opinion on whether the law covers people sitting in their vehicles in parking lots or on the side of the road.

St. Rep Steve Harrelson of Texarkana is blogging from China where he and Speaker Wills are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic.

Careful when you drive around Memphis. Installation of 14 red light cameras is underway now.

Betsey Wright, the former chief of staff under Gov. Bill Clinton, pleaded not guilty to charges of smuggling contraband into the Varner Unit and is asking a jury trial.

A Conway man filed a lawsuit asking a judge to reinstate the fall turkey hunting season, which was canceled over concern that the state’s turkey population is dwindling.

Oklahoma had the option of mandating tougher regulations on the use of poultry manure as fertilizer rather than file a federal lawsuit, the state’s former secretary of environment testified in a lawsuit against Arkansas poultry companies.

A federal appeals court has upheld a $4.6 million judgment against USA Truck of Van Buren after the trucking company breached a contract with a firm that lined up freight for delivery.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that Great Dane Trailers is shutting down its manufacturing plant there temporarily effecting 67 jobs.

Murphy Oil Corp. has bought the VeraSun Energy ethanol plant in North Dakota for $92 million

The Arkansas Department of Human Services plans to open a processing and cell center in Batesville, creating up to 100 jobs.

The mother of one of the three 8-year-olds killed more than 15 years ago in West Memphis says she believes the men convicted in the crime are innocent.

A two-year-old girl found in a Pine Bluff street Monday led to the arrest of the child’s mother and potential felony charges.

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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