Friday Arkansas happenings

Razorback coach Bobby Petrino has been reprimanded by the Southeastern Conference after publicly criticizing officials who worked his team’s loss to Florida last weekend.

A central Arkansas child is most likely the latest person to die from complications of the H1N1 virus.  Because of limited supplies, the swine flu vaccine will not be available to the general public at mass flu clinics scheduled for next week.

Gov. Mike Beebe says that farmers who have suffered recent crop damage may already be eligible for federal assistance.

Lawmakers propose expanding the amount of lottery-funded scholarships that will be available to students already in college after the higher education chief said the law right now caps it at $2.6 million.

Despite the $100 million cut this week in the projected budget, the state can point to a revenue source that’s raising more than expected — the tobacco tax.

The Arkansas Supreme Court will review the Court of Appeals decision overturning Public Service Commission approval of the proposed coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County.

Hearings scheduled for January in federal court are the next step toward ending the long-running desegregation case involving three Pulaski County school districts, lawyers told a state panel.

Stanley Reed, the Marianna farmer and former Farm Bureau president, is considering a run for U.S. Senate as a Republican against U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, according to his statements to columnist David Sanders.

The Washington Post carries a political rumor that Democratic Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter is considering a run against Senator Blanche Lincoln. Halter says he continues to raise money for his reelection bid.

The Fayetteville School Board moved high school improvements back on the table last night. The district intends to use $52.3 million in tax credits from the federal Qualified School Construction Bond program on improvements at the High School.

America’s Most Wanted will feature the case of missing construction company executive John Glasgow who disappeared from his capitol city home without a trace in January 2008.

Regions Bank will close nine Arkansas branches at the end of January.

Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club plans to expand its space for such everyday categories as fresh food and health and beauty items at the expense of general merchandise like electronics.

A former poultry company executive testifies in Tulsa federal court that he wrote a memo in 2005 warning of environmental dangers of spreading too much chicken waste on farmland in certain areas. Arkansas poultry companies claimed that an Oklahoma agency could have gone to court long ago to enforce water quality standards, but failed to do so until 2005, when it filed a federal lawsuit blaming the companies for pollution there.

Controlling costs and improving productivity helped Burlington Northern Santa Fe post a third-quarter profit as loads decreased.

Defense attorneys for the Marianna man accused of killing TV news anchor Anne Pressly are pressing their claim that he could be mentally retarded — which would prohibit him from being executed — but are resisting a Pulaski County circuit judge’s request that they prove it by Friday.

An elderly Forrest City man whose home burned Monday is now facing murder charges in connection with the death of his wife Wednesday afternoon.

The alleged enforcer of evangelist Tony Alamo must pay $3 million in restitution to two boys he’s believed to have beaten bloody on the preacher’s behalf, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Authorities say a Blytheville High School student was arrested after allegedly bringing a loaded gun to school.

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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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