Early Thursday Arkansas news

A winter storm watch is in effect for much of Arkansas for a system expected to drop ice and snow

Senator Mark Pryor says nothing may get done on health care reform this year.

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says Congress will probably pass a health insurance bill. Unfortunately, he foresees it taking the “easy” fix. That would fuel escalating health-care costs.

Rep. John Boozman, who’s mulling over a U.S. Senate run against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, co-sponsored a bill last year to honor “the fact-finding reporting done by Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe III in their investigation of ACORN. O’Keefe is under arrest in connection with a plan to wire tape a Louisiana senator’s phone.

The New Orleans Times Picayune is reporting that Congressman Joseph Cao’s (R-New Orleans) communications director Princella Smith is considering a run for the 1st Congressional District here in Arkansas.

The attorney general says he’s sued a company that operates an online payday lending site that provides quick loans with triple-digit interest rates. Dustin McDaniel quotes the minimum interest rate at 364 percent.

The Highway and Transportation Department has a $10 million plan to expand statewide a network of electronic-message signs to warn motorists of potential traffic delays as well as display other travel-related information.

Ninety percent of incoming students at UAPB are not prepared for college work, and at Monticello, the number needing remediation is sixty-eight percent.

About 12 employees have already been hired and as many as 35 to 40 are expected at Pine Bluff’s newest paper-recycling company, The Paper Tigers.

Arkansans Brent and Craig Renaund are in Haiti filming relief efforts.

If you are keeping score, there are four Arkansans going on to Hollywood on American Idol.

The Court of Appeals upholds the first-degree murder conviction and 30-year prison sentence of a Little Rock man convicted of fatally beating his 2-year-old stepdaughter.

The Court of Appeals upholds the disorderly conduct conviction of a woman who cursed at Paragould police officers, rejecting her argument that the conviction violated her First Amendment right to free speech.

Police say skeletal remains found in El Dorado have been identified as those of Paul Morgan, who has been missing since August.

The court proceedings on the custody of children removed from the Tony Alamo organization are entering a new phase. Attorneys for the Department of Human Services are expected to argue that ministry members’ legal rights with respect to the children should be terminated so the children can be put up for adoption

The Forrest City police and fire departments, along with State Police, had to be called to Forrest City Junior High School after a fight involving several student. Mace was used to clear the cafeteria.

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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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