Monday morning Arkansas update

Senator Blanche Lincoln will have a two-hour videconference with Farm Bureau members Tuesday and take questions from members and “invited guests.”

The state will get $70 million in federal tax credits from the Treasury Department. The credits are to be used to encourage investment in low-income areas, with an emphasis on the state’s Delta region to boost economic development and improve education and health care,

The Arkansas AIDS Foundation says it must discontinue services to 153 clients and reduce services to other clients because of new eligibility requirements and low funds.

Children ages 5-18 with underlying health conditions will be able to receive swine flu vaccinations at mass flu clinics scheduled across the state next week as long as supplies last.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert warning Arkansans of the risks of buying swine flu treatments over the Internet.

Gasoline sales are helping fuel ticket sales for Arkansas’ fledgling lottery, and Zimmerman’s Exxon in southwest Little Rock is leading the pack.

Turkey hunters lost out on a bid to reinstate the fall turkey hunting season. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Willard Proctor Jr. quashed an attempt to allow a seven-day gun season beginning today.

Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw will shut down at the end of the horse racing season Nov. 28 with no plans to reopen.

The City of Texarkana, Arkansas has applied for $24.5 million for frontage roads along I-30 and I-49 and other connectors. Other cities to apply for these funds are Bella Vista and West Memphis.

Forbes magazine says Pine Bluff is the third-poorest city in the nation, based on federal figures from 2008. McAllen and Brownsville, Texas are number one and two respectively.

The Democrat-Gazette reports that s team of Stephens Inc. executives believes that inflation will begin to rise early next year, a view that contrasts with opinions expressed by most economists.

Observers in northwest Arkansas expect the newspaper merger to be accomplished this week, possibly today.

Georgia-Pacific is temporarily laying off the 300-person workforce at its Fordyce plywood mill. The company hope the shut-down will last no more than six months.

A new State Farm study shows that Arkansas ranks sixth in the nation in deer-vehicle collisions. The study reports that for any vehicle in operation in Arkansas over a year’s time, there’s a 1-in-105.95 chance of a collision with a deer. That’s behind West Virginia (1-in-39), Michigan (1-in-78), Pennsylvania (1-in-94), Iowa (1-in-104) and Montana (1-in-104).

Fort Smith Attorney Oscar Stilley goes on trial today in federal court in Tulsa, charged along with another man with tax evasion and conspiring to defraud the federal government.

Yvonne Dockery, the mayor of Garland City, pleaded guilty to felony theft and agreed to resign her position as mayor. She was sentenced to two years probation, will pay $5,600 in restitution and $3,000 to reimburse the state for the audit.

Authorities say a Pine Bluff woman who was severely burned when her duplex exploded has died.

Authorities arrested the husband of a 27-year-old El Dorado woman after she was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Upon further review, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen believes the SEC replay official working the Bulldogs’ game with No. 1-ranked Florida got it wrong. The Bulldogs’ first-year coach said a blown call on Florida’s interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter should result in disciplinary action,

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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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