Opening notes on another week in Arkansas

Tuberville got the margin right. It was three touchdowns. As Jim Elder always used to say, “that’s why we play the games.”

Paul Barton looks at campaign contributions and Arkansas’ senior senator is doing well with special interests. Putting Senators and Representatives together, Senator Lincoln is first in contributions among health professionals, oil and gas interests, crop production industries, retail sales, agricultural services, and food processing. Her campaign has about $3.7 million on hand.

Officials from Entergy Arkansas and other members of the group Arkansas Business Leaders for a Clean Energy Economy joined representatives of 150 businesses from around the country in Washington, D.C., in lobbying for clean energy legislation they say would create hundreds of new Arkansas jobs.

House Speaker Robbie Wills plans to propose a rule to bar House members from collecting campaign contributions during a fiscal session, the first of which starts Feb. 8.

A new task force is working to establish job qualifications for country coroners.

The number of schools failing to meet minimum standards under the federal No Child Left Behind Act continued to increase last year

The city of Jonesboro is receiving a $1.7 million federal grant that will be used to help build a greenway through the northeastern Arkansas town.

Two manufacturers are taking advantage of a program in which they develop factories in Arkansas prisons and put convicts to work at market wages.

Arkansas Business reports that Lewis May, president of Little Rock’s May Construction, was arrested on a warrant issued in Virginia over what appears to be a dispute related to payment of subcontractors on construction of a Lowe’s store. He is free on a $50,000 bond.

Four food companies making their homes in Northwest Arkansas cashed more than $162.8 million in payments from the federal government in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. Tyson Foods does more business with the federal government than any other Arkansas company.

An Oklahoma man has been charged in with first-degree murder in Van Buren for the beating death of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter.

The number of murders in Forrest City this year has equaled the total for the last five years combined.


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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