Arkansas’ early Wednesday news

Sources close to the University and bowls throughout the SEC confirmed Arkansas will be playing in Memphis’ Liberty Bowl Jan. 2 against the winner of Saturday’s Conference USA championship game between East Carolina and Houston.

Maurice Clemmons, the man wanted in the fatal shooting of four police officers, had been jailed three times this year in Washington state but was released each time — despite being on parole for armed robbery convictions in Arkansas.

A state senator who wants to abolish the new lottery is scheduled to present her case Wednesday to a legislative panel. Sen. Sue Madison, D-Fayetteville, will ask the House and Senate committees on state agencies and governmental affairs to adopt her proposal for an interim study.

Finance officials say they expect the state to collect $89.5 million more next fiscal year, but are predicting a tight budget. The Department of Finance & Administration released the state’s revenue forecast for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The general public will be able to get the swine-flu vaccine for the first time at mass vaccination clinics next week.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel joins 38 state attorneys general in a brief to the U. S. Supreme Court in defense of the individual right to bear arms and against local governments efforts to ban handguns.

U.S. Rep. John Tanner, a Tennessee Democrat and co-founder of the conservative Blue Dog coalition, will retire next year after 11 terms in Congress.

Rural areas in middle America are being hit particularly hard by what could be another dip into recession, according to a survey of business leaders and supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states.

The Federal Communications Commission has set a Thursday deadline for Verizon Wireless and Atlantic Tele-Network to provide more information on plans to sell divested Alltel assets, including details regarding 450 current Alltel employees.

The Food & Drug Administration said its inspectors found fish meat stored at dangerously high temperatures at Tyson Food’s plant in Fort Worth.

A 24-year-old Little Rock man accepted an 80-year prison sentence for robbing and killing a secretary, then using the money he stole to pay his cell-phone bill. He will be eligible for parole shortly after his 80th birthday.

A Vilonia man helping to deliver newspapers on the night of Nov. 25 claims that the off-duty acting Mayflower Police Chief acted inappropriately in approaching him with a drawn handgun.

A police report says the chief deputy for Hot Spring County faces charges including public drunkenness and resisting arrest after an incident at a concert.

A Craighead County Detention Center chief jailer pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct and third-degree assault on a family member in District Court. Alfreda Hampton has been suspended and must complete an anger management course.

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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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