Early Monday morning Arkansas news

Former state lawmaker Jodie Mahoney of El Dorado is dead at 70. Mahoney was a 30 year veteran of the legislature and is generally considered the foremost proponent of public education during his tenure.

The Razorbacks and East Carolina are set to meet in the Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2, a game Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino knows well. Petrino coached Louisville in the 2004 Liberty Bowl when his team held off Boise State in a thrilling 44-40 victory.

Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s amendment to cut tax subsidies of insurance executive pay above $400,000 failed in the Senate. Needing 60 votes, the amendment failed 56-42.

President Obama has nominated Appeals Court Judge Price Marshall for a federal district court judgeship. Judge Bill Wilson is taking senior status. There are also two more judgeships open, one to succeed Judge Jim Moody of Little Rock and one to succeed Judge Harry Barnes of Camden.

A host of new laws takes effect Jan. 1, from a mandate for “fire-safe” cigarettes, to a ban on some toy guns, to new regulations for mold inspectors and rabies vaccinations. Also, personal watercraft riders face new licensing requirements after the first of the year.

Supporters of the Interstate 49 “congressional high-priority” corridor linking New Orleans and Kansas City have revived efforts to complete the portion of the route planned through the state.

A U.S. district court jury finds that two Garland County jail officials – nurse Tommy Harmon and Sgt. Donald Ansley – were “deliberately indifferent” to the medical needs of Iraq War veteran Steven McFarland while he was incarcerated in February 2007. The jury found that Harmon and Ansley together should pay $5 million in compensatory damages and that each should pay $100,000 in punitive damages.

A federal jury in St. Louis ordered Bayer Cropscience to pay $2 million to two Missouri long-grain rice farmers whose crops were harmed by genetically modified rice.

Dassault Falcon on will cut 205 workers from its business-jet finishing plant in Little Rock, nearly doubling the number shed there since June to at least 430.

A Forrest City native has been nominated for a Grammy award. Chris Hicky directed Keith Urban’s “The Whole Crazy World Tour Live” video, which is nominated in the category of Best Long Form Music Video.

Randy Veach of Manila is re-elected president of the Farm Bureau at the organization’s 75th annual convention.

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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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