Tuesday Arkansas headlines

Michael Langley wants everyone who serves or sells alcoholic beverages at Arkansas restaurants, bars and stores to go through a training session and be certified by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the state should consider merging some of its universities to save money.

In a “worst-case scenario” next year, Tennessee state government could face a $1.5 billion budget gap between non-discretionary spending needs and the tax revenue available to pay for it.

Arkansas Realtors monthly report says home sales were up almost 10 percent in September compared with the same month in 2008. It is only the second month in the last 44 with a year-to-year increase. Prices are up, too.

Anthony Forest Products Co. of El Dorado sells 91,360 acres of timberland and timber-cutting rights to the Molpus Woodlands Group for $173 million.

Entergy announces the availability of a new service to let customers send and receive text message about power outages.

A homicide investigation is underway in Columbia County after a 71-year-old man was found dead on his farm. And investigators say it’s a murder.

George Wylie Thompson of Cabot, has been indicted for possession, as a felon, of a huge arsenal of firearms, silencers and ammunition; for running a bookmaking operation; for drug dealing; for conspiring to commit marriage fraud, and for conspiring to commit wire fraud by working with an unnamed North Little Rock alderman on an alleged kickback scheme on city concrete and landscaping projects. Thompson was arrested in Bangkok and made an initial court appearance in Los Angeles last week. Alderman Cary Gaines confirms in a phone call with Max Brantley of Arkansas Times that he’s the person of interest in the count of the indictment alleging a kickback scheme with a developer and an alderman.

A 26-year-old Jonesboro man will be facing charges after his arrest on suspicion of holding his mother hostage for ransom for $500.

Police reports say Greenwood school officials took too long to notify police about a suicide threat by a school employee that could have endangered students and teachers.

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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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