Tuesday Arkansas news

Sen. Blanche Lincoln says she wants more cost controls in a proposal to overhaul the nation’s health care system and she can’t support allowing the government to sell insurance in competition with private companies.

Two days after casting the 60th vote they needed to move the health care debate forward, U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln tells an audience in her home state that the economy and agriculture, not health care, are at the top of her agenda

The Washington Post political blog is running a series on rising political stars, including Governor Mike Beebe. Beebe says. “Why would you ever want to be anything else after you’ve been governor?”

Prison officials likely will ask the Legislature early next year for $2.9 million to open a new prison in Malvern as the Board of Corrections issued an emergency order to help ease chronic overcrowding.

The state hopes to have another round of mass swine flu vaccination clinics Dec. 7.

The first series of recommendations about how to raise more money to pay for construction on city, county and local roads will be made early next year, according to a panel studying such options.

The total economic loss from weather-related disasters this year could reach $650 million, the president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau testified at a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

Oklahoma’s trial against the Arkansas poultry industry continues to be marred by delays and squabbling attorneys. Things boiled over again when poultry company attorneys objected to an expert witness Oklahoma wanted to put on the stand.

Little Rock class-action attorney Steven Eugene Cauley was sentenced by a New York judge to seven years and two months after admitting that he stole $9.3 million from client escrow accounts.

A Pine Bluff woman who skipped trial on accusations she sold $150,000 worth of bogus stocks to an elderly man is back in custody in Gulfport, Ms. after evading authorities for several months.

A Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department fireman and convicted felon has been arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer in Mayflower, and Mayflower Chief of Police Richard Shaw has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of a Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

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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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