Thursday Arkansas news

Federal Energy Secretary Steven Chu says Arkansas has now received all of the State Energy Program funding allocated to the state under the federal stimulus program, $39 million.

Given the choice between face masks or the seasonal flu vaccine, nearly all 3,200 employees opted for the needle at St. Vincent Health System — the first hospital in the state known to have required staff to make such a choice.

Danny Howell from Garner in White County won $25,000 on a $2 Jumbo Bucks lottery ticket. Howell, who is reportedly blind, purchased the ticket at a convenience store at McRae.

The state lottery director says the new games should be debt-free in another week and should generate more than $100 million for scholarships in its first year.

State higher education officials say preliminary numbers show that enrollment at colleges and universities is up by 6.3 percent from a year ago.

The deadline for property tax payments is October 13 this year.

The Arkansas Progressive Group is launching a statewide mailing to promote a constitutional amendment to abolish all state taxes except the retail level sales tax.

Metropolitan National Bank in Little Rock is among 50 banks with the highest ratios of bad loans in the country, according to a Virginia research firm.

Overdraft revenue was a $24 billion boon for the nation’s banks during 2008 according to a recent study by the Center for Responsible Lending. Banks are expected to collect another $26.6 billion in overdraft fees this year.

People using natural gas this winter stand to save compared with last year, and propane users will get even bigger savings. Households that use heating oil or electric heat also are expected to spend less.

Murder suspect Curtis Vance told reporters after a second day of evidence suppression hearings that he would testify today. Vance is accused of killing television anchor Anne Presley.

A former Miller County jailer facing a charge of sexual misconduct with female inmates has been found shot to death.

Former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville told a Birmingham radio audience the Tigers will beat Arkansas by at least three touchdowns.

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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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