Tuesday Arkansas headlines

Both of Arkansas’ Senators are undecided on a version of Health Insurance Reform that would reportedly include a public option with the ability for states to opt out.

A 12-year-old Van Buren girl is dead after testing positive for the swine flu at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. That would put the death toll so far at 13. There is not enough H1N1 vaccine available for everyone at this week’s mass immunization, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

The Association of Arkansas Counties has alerted members that state Rep. Allen Kerr of Little Rock has filed a number of proposals to regulate retirement practices of public employees and make them subject to public scrutiny.

New security measures at Cummins Prison after two prisoners escaped in late May. Biometrix scanners are now in place to verify the identity of all inmates and staff by scanning their fingerprints.

Roby Brock’s Talk Business Quarterly reports a majority of Arkansans — 57%– don’t plan to buy a lottery in the next 12 months.

Five small earthquakes struck during the weekend and Monday north of Little Rock, and researchers are investigating whether the quakes are related to nearby natural gas wells.

Arkansas will get $2.1 million in federal stimulus dollars to map broadband access and to help expand broadband coverage in Arkansas.

The Democrat-Gazette says the merger of its Northwest Arkansas editions and the Morning News has been approved by the Justice Department and the merger will be accomplished Sunday.

Catepillar plans 2500 permanent layoffs, but it will not effect the North Little Rock plant.

Conway Police Department investigators are tracking down leads in the theft of two 53-foot trailer containers belonging to Kimberly Clark. Feminine hygiene produces of every description, 152 cases of Huggies Soft Skin baby wash and 380 cases of baby wipes were stolen and the total value of the is listed as over $474,000.

The Memphis Grizzlies are in talks with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, about joining the organization .

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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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