Friday morning Arkansas news

Arkansas churches with mission programs in earthquake-ravaged Haiti are nervously waiting to hear from their colleagues and preparing to help the only way they can — by raising money.

Former deputy insurance commissioner Ron Sheffield will replace Bill Bowen who resigned the State Supreme Court for health reasons.

Circuit Judge Willard Proctor appeared before the Supreme Court in his appeal of a disciplinary panel’s recommendation that he be removed for multiple ethical violations, including connections with the Cycle Breakers probation program that he created.

Gov. Mike Beebe has set a March 16 execution date for Jack Harold Jones, convicted of the 1991 rape and slaying of a Bald Knob bookkeeper.

State prison officials told legislators that even with cuts of $15.8 million this fiscal year, they expect no cuts next year because Gov. Beebe has proposed adding $16 million back into the budget.

Department of Human Services Director John Selig tells a legislative panel that, if spending continues to grow at the current rate, the state’s Medicaid budget will see a deficit in 2012.

The Public Service Commission says that 327 will be the new “overlay” area codes that dialer will have to use for local calling of numbers in the 870 area code.

Arkansas ranks 10th among the 50 states and D.C. in Education Week’s Quality Counts survey of education policies and student achievement.

Jo Luck will step down as CEO of Heifer International and begin work on a book about the Arkansas based international  hunger-relief organization. Retired banker Charles Stewart will serve as head in the interim. Heifer also confirms that all personnel in Haiti are safe.

The Republican Party has a major announcement Monday. Rumor is that FOX News’ newest contributor will be visiting.

Tyson Foods Inc. has agreed to settle a lawsuit that accused the poultry giant of falsely claiming its chickens were “raised without antibiotics.”

The publicly traded Bank of the Ozarks earned $36.8 million in 2009 and $9.6 million in the fourth quarter alone.

The TLC cable channel will feature the slaying of KATV reporter Anne Pressly on an episode of the show “TV Murders” at 8 p.m. Sunday night.

… and I did not forget about Oaklawn Racing starts today!

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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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