An early Thursday in Arkansas

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is open to the idea of a government-run insurance option and likes the idea of allowing states to opt out of the program.

The Department of Health will hold a series of mass vaccination clinics throughout the state starting today. Officials say they expect a shortage of the seasonal influenza vaccine.

Recent budget cuts at the University of Arkansas mean there will be no Christmas bonuses.

The new education commissioner says that he will change some job assignments within the Department of Education as part of an overall effort to improve the agency’s support of schools.

Acting legally in a high-crime area should not have aroused police suspicion, even though officers eventually found contraband on a man parked in a store lot, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

Significantly increasing state reimbursements to counties for holding state prisoners is unlikely in the current economic climate, but an incremental increase could be possible. Rep. Allen Kerr, R-Little Rock, will confer with state revenue officers and others about possible funding sources before determining the size of increase.

The multiple myeloma program at UAMS and its director, Dr. Bart Barlogie, will receive almost $20 million in grants to continue research on treatment of cancer of plasma cells.

Roby Brock’s TalkBusiness.net has surveyed Arkansas public opinion. The poll reports 83 percent are at least somewhat satisfied with the quality of health care and 80 percent are at least somewhat satisfied with their “current health insurance plan.”

Memphis’ new mayor is asking federal officials to make Arkansas and Mississippi pay for their E. R. patients at the Med, which faces the prospect of closing its emergency facilities in February.

Outdoor power-equipment maker Husqvarna, with manufacturing plants at Nashville and De Queen will consolidate the two operations at the Nashville plant next year, and the De Queen site will become a warehouse.

For the three months ended Sept. 30, 2009, Acxiom posted earnings of $9.5 million, down 40% from the previous year’s comparable period.

Wal Mart will begin selling caskets and urns online

A two-year old boy is dead after being attacked by a pit bull. The little boy has now been identified as Matthew Clayton Hurt of Prescott. The toddler reportedly wandered into the backyard of the chained pit bull.

An attempted kidnapping and alleged armed robbery occurred at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in a parking lot outside the Pine Bluff Arsenal.

Attorneys for the 24-year old Memphis man accused of killing a soldier and wounding a second during a June attack on a Little Rock recruiting station are asking that the death-penalty trial be delayed, saying they need more time to prepare and reporting that their efforts could take them out of the country.

Authorities in Lafayette County have recovered the body of a woman whose friend told police she vanished as they rode air mattresses over the Lake Erling spillway at dusk.

The Jonesboro Sun reports a Craighead County man accused of marrying and raping his biological daughter was a guest on the nationally acclaimed “Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1990 and again in 1995. The topic was “coping with marital infidelity.”

Five Hispanic men testify that they were victims of racial profiling when an Alexander police officer pulled them over for minor infractions in 2007 and had their vehicles towed to generate money for the city.

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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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