Friday morning Arkansas developments

Former President Bill Clinton is headlining a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Mike Ross as he kicks off his re-election bid.

The New York Times reports many urban centers are experiencing fewer swine flu cases because of partial immunity from the Spring outbreak. In Arkansas, however, seven pregnant women are in hospitals on respirators and about half the children seen in the emergency room at Children’s Hospital have flu-like symptoms, which is almost double the usual number for this time of year.

Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery notes a small drop in lottery receipts since the Arkansas games began, but is expecting a much larger impact.

The state has announced $9.6 million in federal stimulus money will go to state and local law enforcement needs, including $3.5 million for a new State Police helicopter with a hoist to use in rescue efforts in remote areas.

As part of a settlement in a lawsuit, the Arkansas Department of Correction has agreed to recommend that an inmate serving time for sexual assault be considered for parole despite his failure to complete a treatment program for sex offenders.

The State Supreme Court is considering whether the procedures for carrying out executions are constitutional. Opponents argue that the process should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act and other regulations for public review.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has given $1.4 million to Children’s Hospital in support of the neonatal intensive care unit.

The State Fair and Livestock Show begins at noon today in the capitol city.

Little Rock National Airport, Adams Field, is among the nation’s worst airports for on-time arrivals, according to a new report calling for targeted overhauls of the nation’s transportation system.

Dillard’s reports a 9% decrease in overall sales for September, but same-store sales only fell 6% in a year-over-year comparison.

DNA evidence and a confession will be admitted into evidence in the capitol murder trial of Curtis Vance, accused of beating television anchor Anne Presley to death. The defense motion to delay the trial while Vance’s IQ is being tested was also denied. Vance testified at the hearing that police aggressively tried to get his confession.

Aaron Jones stands indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of mail fraud, one count of the use of fire in the commission of a federal felony and one count of arson in connection with the burning of his $1.6 million Chenal Valley home.

A former Magnolia Junior High School teacher has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of first-degree sexual assault stemming from a relationship with a 15-year-old boy.

Legislative auditors say the FBI is investigating a report questioning more than $214,000 in expenditures by Newton County officials, including payments to firms owned by a quorum court member and his relatives.

The owner of a Quitman timber company has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 65 counts of mail fraud for allegedly stealing $350,000 worth of pine logs from Deltic Timber Corp.

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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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