Arkansas Wedensday morning summary

Arkansas members of Congress say a $55 million grant has been awarded to a project to provide safe water for 22,000 residents of north-central Arkansas.

The piers that hold up the Interstate 30 bridge over the Arkansas River near downtown Little Rock are narrow and create a hazard to barges flowing up and down the river, according to what the Waterways Commission told lawmakers. It’s been passed on the Highway Department.

Gov. Mike Beebe said he was hopeful after meeting with Dassault Falcon officials in France on Tuesday that the aircraft manufacturer would look at ways to save money other than laying off more workers.

More than a month after the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System voided a superintendent’s retirement after finding he failed to fully “terminate” employment for 30 days, the system’s board has approved a policy clarifying what terminating employment means.

A legislative panel that oversees state agencies adopted a proposal by state Sen. Gilbert Baker, R-Conway, to study gender-based disparities in government employees’ pay and consider taking legislative action to address the issue.

Testimony in the Oklahoma’s federal pollution trial against the Arkansas poultry industry has ground to a halt, as company attorneys challenged the credentials of one of Oklahoma’s expert witnesses.

A medical center in Mountain Home operating on the tax-identification number and medical license of one of its doctors has been forced to close, putting 97 people out of work, after the state Medical Board revoked that doctor’s license.

The proposed deal with Bass Pro Shops to transform The Pyramid into a mixed-use facility that would include a large retail shop and a major conservation exhibit focusing on the Mississippi River is still on track, company officials told Memphis City Council members. Memphis is expected to make $20 million in improvements.

Curtis Vance, accused of killing television anchor Anne Presley, will be back in court today as a hearing over what evidence will be admitted at his capitol murder trial enters its second day. Vance’s lawyers are seeking to suppress much of the evidence and the defendant’s statements.

A St. Francis County jury acquitted Harry Stephen Amos of capital murder in the death of then-Marianna Fire Chief Charles Boone, whom Amos found in bed with his estranged wife the morning of Dec. 30, 2007.

A federal judge has delayed a sentencing hearing for  Tony Alamo, who was convicted on charges of taking young girls across state lines for sex.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that jailers are immune from a lawsuit filed in connection with Bobby Joe Rylee’s death in the Russellville jail; however, officers involved in the arrest will be subject to litigation on the allegations of unnecessary force.

Law enforcement officers and Humane Society officials say they they’ve seized nearly 100 dogs, five cats and two guinea pigs from a Lamar home they describe as a “puppy mill.”

Crime in Pine Bluff dropped more than 10 percent during the third quarter of 2009 as compared to 2008, according to figures compiled by the police department and released Monday.

The parents of a 27-yearold North Carolina truck driver who died in late 2005 after a fiery explosion on Interstate 40 near Brinkley have been awarded nearly $1 million by a federal jury.

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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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