Monday Arkansas summary

Record-setting quarterback Ryan Mallett  will forego the NFL and play another year at the University of Arkansas.

Gov Beebe says officials should see if lottery sales are cutting into general revenue by taking spending from other goods and services.

State lawmakers this week will start to lay the groundwork for their first “fiscal session” by starting budget hearings Tuesday.

The executive director of the Association of Arkansas Counties blamed the fake resignations of elected county officials to collect retirement benefits on bad advice the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System.

Joe Ball, a former member of the state Ethics Commission, is under criminal investigation for allegedly misappropriating $753,360 in funds while he served as director and consultant of a regional solid waste district.

A state auditor says the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission doesn’t have documents to support about $22,000 in expenses for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2008.

The attorney general has approved the ballot title of a proposed constitutional amendment to abolish all taxes levied by the legislature and replace them with a sales tax on consumable goods and services. It is sponsored by the Arkansas Progressive Group.

Exit exams for remedial classes will ensure that students are adequately prepared for college-level courses, the state’s top higher-education official says.

The Weiner district in Poinsett County and the Delight district in Pike County must annex or consolidate with another district for having less than 350 students for two straight years. They have had discussions of merging administrations.

Mike Beebe appoints Vicki Saviers of Little Rock to the state Board of Education.

Whit Fowlkes of Mountain View is appointed special justice to replace Justice Paul Danielson, who disqualified himself from the Hempstead County Hunting Club against the PSC lawsuit over American Electric Power’s coal-fired power plant.

Residents wanting to conduct city business in the Jefferson County town of Altheimer will have to wait a while. Nobody is on the city payroll at the moment.

A fire Saturday morning that started when a plumber tried to thaw out frozen pipes with a torch caused an estimated $1 million to six condominium units at Lake Hamilton.

A former Jacksonville charge nurse was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison and ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution for his role in a health care fraud scheme against a North Little Rock hospital.

The U.S. International Trade Commission absolved Mitsubishi Power Systems Inc. of any patent violations, clearing the way for the wind-turbine company to build a $100 million plant in Fort Smith.

The Arkansas Zoological Foundation thinks the Little Rock Zoo should get a share of federal money aimed at creating jobs and boosting the economy and the group is asking U.S. Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor to help make it happen.

Little Rock police arrested a 43-year-old man they believe stole a car with a baby inside after he robbed and beat the child’s mother in a supermarket parking lot Saturday evening.


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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