Wednesday morning Arkansas summary

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has sent letters to Gov. Mike Beebe asking to set execution dates for convicted killers: Don William Davis, Jack Harold Jones and Stacey Eugene Johnson.

A firm offered to buy the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System’s Victory Building for $23.2 million, the system’s executive director reports, but withdrew the offer after the system made a $24.8 million counteroffer.

The Public Service Commission has suspended proceedings regarding installation of “scrubbers” at Entergy White Bluff plant near Redfield. The Environmental Protection Agency, Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service have filed letters raising concerns about nitrogen oxide controls at White Bluff Plant.

The John McCain visit to northwest Arkansas set for this weekend has been cancelled because of ongoing Senate debate. Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid says agreement has been reached to “sideline” the “public option.” The New York Times reports those over 55 could “buy into” Medicare coverage.

Fidelity National Information Services confirms to Arkansas Business that it has laid off 55 people in Little Rock.

First National Bank of Crossett signed a consent order with federal bank regulators related to concerns with real estate loans in northwest Arkansas.

Steve Kiefer, who offers financial advice on KARN Newsradio and TV, agreed to a $50,000 fine and a 14-day suspension to end an Arkansas Securities Department investigation into alleged fraudulent sales practices.

State Police are investigating the finances of three small Arkansas towns: Turrell, Jennette, and Jericho.

Arkansas State University will host a regional earthquake conference in February to present information about the New Madrid Seismic Zone and mitigation programs.

Mississippi coach Houston Nutt says he “appreciates the interest Kansas showed in our staff” but he will not pursue the Jayhawks’ coaching vacancy.

Michelle Dugger remains at UAMS in Little Rock after gallstone pain caused early contractions. Jim Bob says the hospital is going to “keep her for a few more days to make sure her blood pressure is going down.”

A Pulaski County man has been taken into custody after he allegedly fired several shots at officers trying to serve an arrest warrant. State Police, Sheriff officers and the ATF were involved in the incident near Cabot in which gas was deployed to subdue the suspect.

Four men were sentenced this week on federal civil rights and obstruction of justice charges for their involvement in a cross-burning incident in the southwest town of Donaldson.

Faulkner County authorities have made the second child pornography arrest in a month. They say new techniques are being used with the assistance of an outside source and more arrests can be expected.

A Texas man was sentenced, and another man is scheduled to be sentenced next week, in the June 19, 2007, beating death of a fellow prisoner at the Federal Correctional Complex in Forrest City.

A husband and wife who were found dead in their Locust Bayou Sept. 20 home died of accidental drug overdoses.  26-year-old Eduardo Morales died of acute methadone intoxication while his wife, 24-year-old Heather Morales, died of an accidental overdose of methadone and diazepam, which is a sedative.

A Palestine woman drove into the Post Office there, injuring two people. Police say that a vehicle driven by Thelma Long jumped the curb and drove into the front of the building.

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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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