Arkansas Tuesday roundup

Tusk II, the University of Arkansas’ live mascot, has died aged 7. The school says the  Russian boar died of natural causes Monday at his home outside Dardanelle. His brother, Tusk III, will take over as mascot.

At this reporting, no name for the $25 million dollar Powerball ticket sold at a Mayflower convenience store. Tammy Johnson of Rogers is the winner of $500,000 in the $10 scratch-off.

The latest tax revenue receipts will be announced at the state capitol this morning. It is not expected to be good news.

Gov.Mike Beebe declared 27 counties state disaster areas after the severe storms and flooding that began around Christmas.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected a proposed ballot initiative to legalize use of medical marijuana because of a supposedly misleading and partisan title and other perceived deficiencies.

Several states have banned the practice of baiting and feeding deer and other wildlife in recent years because of the spread of disease and danger from natural predators. The practice is legal year-round in Arkansas, but that could change under a proposed new regulation up for public comment this week.

The University of Arkansas is ranked as the 55th best college value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

An Omaha economist says a December survey in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests that the region’s economy will recover weakly over 2010.

A Pine Bluff firefighter is now in serious condition but stable at UAMS after getting severely injured during a Sunday morning fire.

An estimated $70,000 in ATV’s and flatscreens were stolen from the Crain RV store in what Little Rock police say is a theft unlike any its seen before

The former Garland mayor who resigned in October after pleading guilty to felony theft now faces federal mail fraud charges and will be tried in February.

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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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