Early Wednesday Arkansas headlines

U.S. Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, alone among Democrats, and Joe Lieberman joined 40 Republicans to back a failed measure to stop the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. for criminal trials.

A new study to be released today by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families will reveal how poor Arkansas taxpayers shoulder twice the burden than do the richest taxpayers.

A new report ranks Arkansas 40th among the states in overall health. Last year the state was 44th in the America’s Health Rankings and in 1998; 50th.

Ten public meetings have failed to produce a concensus on a series of proposals to update state beekeeping regulations, legislators have been told.

The Lottery Commission approves sale of Mega Millions multistate lottery tickets beginning next year. Powerball tickets are already sold here.

Dillard’s reports a third quarter profit of $8 million, recovering from a loss of $56 million a year earlier. But the department store chain would have lost money if not for a $10.6 million income tax benefit.

Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock has conducted its first procedure with the new NanoKnife system to treat a patient with liver cancer. Baptist is one of only four hospitals in North America to make the NanoKnife system available to patients.

American Airlines is dropping its plans to bring mainline jet service back to Little Rock National Airport. Regional service will continue.

The Little Rock-based Stella Boyle Smith Trust has given $1 million to Arkansas Children’s Hospital for construction of a new south wing.

Ozark police report they were called by a mother asking for help with her unruly 10 year-old daughter. The girl’s father, Anthony Medlock says his daughter was at her mother’s house when Ozark police Officer Dustin Bradshaw shocked her in the back with a Taser and arrested her.

Oscar Stilley of Fort Smith is convicted in U.S. District Court in Tulsa of conspiring to conceal a preacher’s income from tax authorities.

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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