Wednesday Arkansas headlines

Weather forecasters say snow and cold weather plaguing much of the state  are just precursors for what Mother Nature has in store for later this week.

December’s state revenue collections represent a 6.2 percent drop from December of 2008. Collections are also below projections, which raises the possibility of further budget cuts.

The unemployment insurance tab with the federal government as of Dec. 31 was $222.61 million, lower than an early October projection, but the tab could grow by more than $155 million by the end of 2011.

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln says a political deal that benefits Nebraska and may have clinched a lawmaker’s support for health care legislation should be removed from the bill.

Republican Jim Holt says he will run for United States Senate.

Gov. Mike Beebe will grant nine pardons. An additional 45 clemency requests were denied and 42 had no action taken upon them.

William H. Bowen is sworn in as the newest justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The Game and Fish Commission will receive $3.3 million in aid for the cleanup and repair of damage from the ice storm of January 2009

The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding more than $1.2 million to the Department of Workforce Services for recovery efforts after severe weather in 2009.

Officials announce a universal scholarship application designed to replace the separate forms students had filled out for the state’s 21 scholarship programs.

The winner of the $25M Powerball prize has still not come forward.

United States and Russian representatives will meet in Moscow the week of Jan. 17 to resolve a poultry trade change that effectively blocks all U.S. poultry exports to Russia,

Taiwan agreed to allow full access to U.S. beef last October, but reversed that decision Tuesday.

Cooper Tire’s sales in China are estimated to exceed $600 million this year, up as much as 20% from 2008. Cooper has expanded its Texarkana operations.

Sophomore point guard Courtney Fortson will return to game competition for the Arkansas men’s basketball team.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says women wearing “nothing but strategically placed lettuce leaves” will hand out freebees today in downtown Little Rock to promote veganism.

A Little Rock man was arrested after he refused to let another passenger sit next to him on a bus and then threatened that he had a bomb on board, according to a North Little Rock Police Department arrest report.

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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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