Arkansas’ Monday headlines

Some government offices may close today for the annual Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King observance

Second District Congressman Vic Snyder will not seek reelection. Snyder became the father of triplets last year.

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross says he’s glad the feds have delayed a mass auction of the 15,000 trailers being stowed at the Hope Airport, but still believes the auction in a single lot should be cancelled.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved his latest popular name and ballot title for a constitutional amendment that would allow a Texas promoter exclusive rights to operate casinos. A petition campaign is the next step.

State Rep. Frank Glidewell, R-Fort Smith, and Dan Greenberg, R-Little Rock, received legislative approval for an interim study of a draft bill that would prohibit an individual, employer or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system.

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission leased its mineral rights in two designated natural areas in the Fayetteville Shale formation to XTO Energy, for a bonus payment of more than $1.4 million in addition to any royalties from gas produced from the land.

State funds to the tune of $900,000 have gone to 17 churches seen as historically significant.

A fire at a Mariana farm supply store closed Highway 79 for a while and caused some evacuations  Friday. The Department of Emergency Services is trying to figure out what caused the blaze.

A federal public defender who has represented death-row inmate Ricky Dale Newman since 2004 will be allowed to continue representing him in state court despite moving to Delaware in September.

The Monroe County sheriff’s office says two duck hunters — one from Mississippi, the other from Alabama — are dead after a boat took on water and sank in the White River.

Police are working to discover the identity of a person whose skeleton was found in a wooded area at El Dorado.

A former Murfreesboro police officer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend


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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