Arkansas headlines for Monday morning

Arkansas congressmen Berry and Snyder voted “yes” while Ross and Boozman voted “no” as a major health insurance reform bill passed by a 220 to 215 margin.

The number of state employees increased by more than 1,200 last fiscal year, although Gov. Mike Beebe cut the projected general revenue budget by nearly $107 million.

Oklahoma’s leading seller of Powerball lottery tickets said sales are down by more than 50 percent since Arkansas started selling Powerball tickets on Halloween.

A top official at the Pine Bluff Arsenal says it could be about a year before the Army chemical-weapons destruction operation is completed. Officials at the arsenal are working on ways to help workers find new jobs when the operation shuts down.

Wal-Mart plans to open 40 more “cash and carry” outlets in India, in addition to the 15 stores open last May.

Entergy Arkansas Inc. had net income of $52.9 million in the third quarter, that’s up 5%.

Record rainfall from one-after-another storms in September and October has halved the hay crop of some  farmers, according to state forage experts.

State agriculture experts say soggy weather that drenched Arkansas during much of the harvest season will cut farm receipts statewide by nearly $225 million.

Superior Industries, the aluminum wheel manufacturer with major factories in Fayetteville and Rogers, posted a third quarter loss of $12.7 million, bringing its year-to-date net loss to $90.2 million.

The capital murder convictions of Gordan Randall Gwathney, who was found guilty in 2007 of the deaths of three Lee County residents, were affirmed  by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Testimony resumes today in the capital murder trial of Curtis Vance in the killing of television anchor Ann Pressly.

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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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