Wednesday morning Arkansas highlights

The general revenue collections in January totaled 0.8 percent above January last year and 1.2 percent above forecast. But January Individual income tax collections were down 3.2 percent, compared with last year.

Gov. Mike Beebe wants to use some of the  “rainy day” fund to hire additional foster care case workers in the state Department of Human Services.

Arkansas’ statewide unemployment rate finished 2009 at its highest level – 7.7%.

A Jonesboro developer would receive $20,000 from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission under a recommendation from the state Claims Commission because G&F failed to follow its regular procedures in a land deal favoring the City of Little Rock.

The operator of Eureka Springs’ sewer plant was fired and charged with illegally dumping untreated sewage into Leatherwood Creek, according to an arrest warrant and police report.

The Arkansas Foodbank Network is serving more people today than it did four years ago. Local results of the Hunger in America 2010 study shows the number of individuals receiving assistance in the entire state increased from 262,000 to 433,000, a jump of 65 percent since 2006.

The Jonesboro Coca-Cola plant will close in early April, displacing as many 110 workers. Some workers could be picked up in nearby plants in West Memphis, Little Rock or West Plains

Harold Bailey of Conway is the winner of the $25 million powerball jackpot. Bailey opted for the lump-sum payout of $12 million. Players agree that their names and images may be made public by the lottery.

The Ranger Boats factory in Flippin is formally under new ownership. Wood Manufacturing Inc. was picked up  by the privately held Platinum Equity of Beverly Hills, Calif.

Fort Smith’s former Best Buy will become a volleyball complex. The Fort Smith Juniors bring thousands of volleyball players, parents and fans to Fort Smith from seven states.

Two teenagers accused in the beating death of a jailer and a subsequent escape from the Jefferson County juvenile lockup are being held without bail on capital-murder charges, and police caught a third escapee in Oklahoma.

A report has been filed with Earle police and the Crittenden sheriff alleging that school superintendent and state Sen. Jack Crumbly exposed himself to a female substitute teacher in a meeting at his office. Crumbly, who faces a re-election challenge this year, denies the allegation through his attorney.

A student at Little Rock’s Hall High School was arrested Monday afternoon on campus after a loaded.22-caliber revolver was found in his jacket pocket,

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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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