Monday morning Arkansas news

A sewage leak at a lift station in Marble Falls is slowly contaminating the Buffalo National River. The superintendent of the Buffalo National River says samples show E. Coli levels just below the cautionary mark. There is a meeting tonight with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and officials from Marble Falls.

The director of an anti-abortion group says the group was disappointed by a recent vote by Sen. Blanche Lincoln and will work to defeat her re-election bid next year. “We will do whatever we can to elect a pro-life candidate for her seat,” Rose Mimms, executive director of Arkansas Right to Life.

Legislators will expand an investigation into possible so-called “double dipping” within state government. The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee also called on a member of the state employees pension fund board to resign. Larry Fratesi, the Jefferson County assessor, apparently participated in the practice, which involves drawing retirement benefits and a paycheck for the same job.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar welcomed their 19th child. She’s Josie Brooklyn. The baby was delivered more than three months early at UAMS because of Mrs. Duggar’s health complications.

Stephens Media Group columnist David Sanders is the new manager for Stanley Reed’s Senate campaign.

A review committee has asked the attorney general to immediately file a lawsuit that would close the Little River County jail in Ashdown.

The Pulaski County Special School District, reacting to the possibility of a strike, on Saturday offered jobs to 20 teachers as permanent substitutes, which will cost the district about $400,000 once they are added to the payroll this week.

The city of Pine Bluff has an Internal Revenue Service audit for taxes filed from March through December of 2007. The audit finds questionable practices concerning uniform/clothing allowances, travel expenses and independent contractor services.

One former municipal employee faces theft charges and three local government workers lost their jobs after state auditors discovered more than $100,000 in public funds missing in separate audits of Harrison and Lonoke County finances.

The Public Service Commission will adopt an “overlay” plan to cope with the anticipated end of available telephone numbers in the 870 area code. This means the 870 code will stay the same, but there will be a second area code in the area that will require 10-digit dialing for local calls. The PSC has asked for plan to implement the change over 13 months.

The Department of Education is spearheading the development of a comprehensive teacher-evaluation system to offer the state’s school districts.

Rains late in the growing season that inundated some cropland and pummeled rice and cotton plants caused an estimated $309 million in losses, according to economists at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

A construction materials company in Hope is laying off 60 of its workers. The workers will leave the CMC Joist & Deck payroll on Jan. 22.

Paul Petrino, Razorback’s offensive coordinator and receivers coach, is expected to join Ron Zook’s staff at Illinois.

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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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