Arkansas (wet) morning news

Congressman Marion Berry says comprehensive health care reform is dead and he tells public radio’s Ron Breeding that he is not completely sure he will run for reelection.

The legislative Joint Budget Committee says elected officials should not get a raise next fiscal year.

Lottery director Ernie Passailaigue reports to the commission revenue so far is $140 million.

Highway officials say less than a quarter of federal stimulus money allocated to Arkansas for transportation projects remains to be committed. That is about $84 million.

Six Altheimer city employees who were laid off in a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service have their jobs back.

The chairman of the Parole Board says the board did not have a chance to fully review the prison record of a man convicted of sexual assault before it voted in December to grant the man parole.

A judge in Jonesboro has denied new trials for Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, who were convicted in the West Memphis Three murder case.

A  doctor indicted for the bombing that wounded the head of the state medical board has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A federal lawsuit filed in the Texarkana Division of the Western District claims the  Department of Motor Vehicle database has been illegally used for marketing and it could affect anyone who has had an Arkansas driver’s license since 2000.

Arkansas’ two national forests will receive a boost in funding after the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted a request for $4 million this fiscal year.

About 1.5 million Graco strollers sold at Wal-Mart, Target and other major retailers are being recalled after some children’s fingertips were amputated by hinges on the products.

The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission agrees to pay nearly $100,000 a year to provide curbside baggage assistance for travelers at the state’s largest airport.

Authorities say a 13-year-old girl who lives near Stuttgart has been arrested for allegedly shooting her mother.

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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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