Tuesday Arkansas morning stuff

Governor Mike Beebe says 43 career coaches will be placed in high schools to assist students and thousands of dollars in financial aid will be available under a new workforce education program.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network will get a $749,417 federal grant to improve its signal in northeast Arkansas.

The state Board of Education may seek an attorney general’s opinion on whether approving a new open-enrollment charter school in Little Rock would affect long-running desegregation litigation involving three Pulaski County school districts.

The Parole Board will recommend freedom for a 76-year-old woman serving a life sentence for the 1982 murder of a boyfriend she claimed was abusive. Annie Ross was convicted of first degree murder in 1983 in Ouachita County for killing Sam Scott.

Four new scratch-off tickets will be on sale today but not everybody is excited about it. Three of the four have a holiday theme and are named Holiday Cash, Candy Cane Cash and Stocking Stuffer. Jerry Cox is the executive director of Family Council and believes the holiday theme is offensive.

Auctions last month of over one thousand mobile homes and travel trailers originally purchased for hurricane survivors but now stored in Hope yielded more than $7.2 million, but also have provoked more concern from the manufactured housing industry that the units will create a glut on the market..

A 2.4 magnitude earthquake was felt in north Faulkner County early Monday morning. There have been six tremors reported over the past few weeks.

Novelist Donald Harington, whose works set in fictional Stay More, Ark., probed the thin — or nonexistent — line between the ordinary and the surreal, has died at the age of 73 in Fayetteville after several months of health problems.

Ten miles northeast of Pine Bluff, behind a more-than-170-year old church infested with wasps, sits the grave site of Sr. Agnes Hart, a 19th century Catholic nun, whose supporters say deserves to be listed among the most pious of saints.

Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas will no longer provide birth announcements to the public. The Rogers hospital says the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children urges hospitals to reconsider giving out the information about newborn babies and their families.

Windstream Corp.’s third-quarter profits fell by 24 percent from a year ago

Arvest Bank, the $10.7 billion profitable lender owned chiefly by the Walton family of Wal-Mart Stores fortunes, completed its entry into the Kansas City market over the weekend.

Jurors viewed recordings of defendant Curtis Vance confess to killing anchorwoman Ann Pressly. On the tape, Vance is reportedly heard to say, “I’m always on the edge. Always aggressive.”

The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office and the Lottery Commission are investigating the theft of four books of lottery tickets from a Greenbrier convenience store.

ESPN.com is suggesting former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville and current offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn as possible replacements for Memphis head coach Tommy West, who was fired Monday.

Arkansas Times blog notes that Forbes Travel Guide, formerly the Mobil Travel Guide, has given a four-star rating to the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, the first in Arkansas.

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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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