Wednesday Arkansas developments

Central and north Arkansas are watching for a possible winter storm later in the week.

Senator Blanche Lincoln will oppose attempts to pass parts of the health reform legislation through a process called reconciliation, which only requires a majority vote for passage.

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln says that her campaign raised more than $1.3 million in contributions during the fourth quarter of 2009.

House Speaker Robbie Wills will announce his candidacy for Second District congress today at Pickles Gap north on Conway.

Gov. Mike Beebe urges county sheriffs to lobby lawmakers for his proposal to redirect state funds set aside for lawmakers’ onetime projects to pay counties what they are owed for holding state prisoners in county jails around the state.

Rep. Donna Hutchinson of Bella Vista criticizes the Governor for refusing to fund new positions in the foster care system, noting that Beebe has approved spending one-time money for jails.

The Senate Rules Committee has endorsed a proposal to allow senators to keep raising money through the upcoming fiscal session.

Arkansas consumer advocates are warning residents not to patronize services that offer loans for instant tax refunds. State Rep. Darrin Williams, D-Little Rock, says that a new law requires the firms to post their fees and interest rates and hand customers a piece of paper that also details the rates.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $454,449 grant to establish the Arkansas Seismic Observatory to monitor earthquake activity in the central United States.

The Forrest City School District will offer water as a lunchtime alternative to milk for lactose intolerant and diabetic children.

A Purdue University researcher is defending his work in a federal lawsuit as a defense attorney suggested flawed calculations led him to decide phosphorus from poultry manure is reaching Lake Tenkiller in eastern Oklahoma.

Agriculture officials say farmers sustained nearly $400 million in crop losses for the 2009 growing season.

More than 200 jobs at a Trane plant in Fort Smith would move to Florida under a plan by the plant’s parent company.

Verizon’s announcement of plans to cut 13,000 jobs this year will not affect Verizon Wireless in Arkansas.

Pulaski County prosecutors are reviewing jail records to see if any prisoners are being kept in jail for failure to pay charges to former Judge Willard Proctor’s Cycle Breakers program. Proctor was removed from office yesterday.

A woman convicted in Franklin County Circuit Court of killing her niece still faces sentencing in federal court after being sentenced to 30 years in prison on the state charge. The federal charges concern making false representations.

An attorney for a 16-year old Little Rock boy accused of participating both in a June home-invasion slaying and an April beating will challenge findings by a state doctor that he is fit to stand trial despite having mild mental retardation.

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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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