Arkansas’ first Monday headlines

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln is open to the idea of creating a trigger that would call for the government to offer health insurance if the private insurance industry fails to make coverage affordable, though she wants to see more details before committing to the idea.

Security officers removed Dr. Ben Meade, Chair of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, from the Mike Ross fundraiser Saturday night after he began using a video camera.

60 Minutes spent the past two weeks filming at Children’s Hospital and reporting on Swine Flu. The report ran last night.

Gov. Mike Beebe presented $400,000 to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  The appropriation will help start a sweet potato seed program at UAPB.

Some Oklahoma legislators are backing proposals that would ban motorists from using handheld cell phones.

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter did not violate state ethics laws when his office issued a newsletter containing a dozen pictures of Halter, but the publication “came very close to being campaign literature,” the state Ethics Commission has ruled.

Harding University President Dr. David Burks says he made a mistake and has reversed the school position on students and the lottery. Burks says the lottery is gambling and students are not allowed to participate.

With the advent of its state-sponsored gambling, Arkansas is making more extensive preparations than ever before to help those who have a gambling problem, thanks in part to lottery funds, which will pay for training people to counsel them.

Mitsubishi has announced a wind turbine plant in Fort Smith that could employ up to 400.

Atlantic includes Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman on its list of 27 brave thinkers. Hussman resists publishing his newspapers online for free.

The city of Hot Springs saw spending by tourists rise nearly 3 percent in 2008, which officials say is welcome news in the middle of a recession.

If you are wondering what’s happening between Wal Mart and Amazon, the Wall Street Journal calls it all out war. Among other areas, it’s a price war on books.

Three family members are facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the Vilonia School District’s athletic department, according to Vilonia police. The allegations involve stealing gate money from sports events and authorities claim to have video tapes as evidence.

Police in Springdale charged a mother for allegedly leaving her 4-year-old child behind when she fled a traffic crash.

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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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