Thursday headlines for Arkansas

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says the officiating crew from Saturday’s Arkansas at Florida football game will be removed from its next scheduled assignment on Oct. 31 and will not be assigned to officiate as a crew until Nov. 14.

The Justice Department informs a public interest group that it is investigating the circumstances surrounding Congressman Mike Ross’ sale of a drug store in Prescott to a large drug company.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says an amendment he added to an appropriations bill will allow pocketknives and utility knives to continue being brought into the U.S.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would repeal the state income tax and enact a flat rate state consumption tax.

Alice Stewart, former press aide to Gov. Mike Huckabee, has joined Gilbert Baker’s Republican campaign for U.S. Senate as deputy campaign manager and communications director.

Arkansas’ only medical school is among 12 nationwide that saw a jump in first-year enrollment as medical schools seek to expand their rolls and soften widespread physician shortages, according to a report released Tuesday by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The cotton harvest is far behind the rate from last year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says 8 percent of the crop was harvested through Sunday. At the same time last year, 52 percent of the crop had been brought in.

The unemployment rate for September is unchanged from the month before at 7.1 percent.

Bank deposits grew by almost 3 percent to $48.5 billion in the 12-month period ending June 30, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Arkansas Business reports that Judy McReynolds is to become CEO of Arkansas Best, based in Fort Smith, at the first of the year. She’ll be the only female CEO of a publicly traded Arkansas company.

Wal-Mart officials plan to appeal Wednesday’s decision by the Alcoholic Beverage Control director to deny beer and wine permits to Fayetteville’s three stores.

Baptist Health of Little Rock begins construction on a $6 million, 30,000-SF residential center that will be the only one in Arkansas devoted to people with Alzheimer’s disease.

A man hired to churn up the dirt at Crater of Diamonds State Park, exposing new soil for diamond hunters to sift through, has found a 2.93-carat diamond

Former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning believes Saturday’s game between the Rebels and Razorbacks could be a step to bigger and better things for one team.

Tommy Ray Lacaze pleaded guilty in Union County Circuit Court to first-degree battery involving law enforcement and driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to 16 years in Arkansas Department of Correction facilities.

The state Parole Board finds that the request for leniency of a former Greenwood teacher serving prison time for sexual assault of a teenage student is without merit.

A burglary conviction and 90-year sentence reported for a Benton man caught with his son on convenience store break-in. Dad had 13 prior convictions.

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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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