Friday morning in Arkansas

Gov. Mike Beebe says he would sign into law legislation that would fund $5,000 college scholarships for four-year schools and $2,500 scholarships to two-year schools with money from the lottery.

Gov. Mike Beebe tells beer distributors he doubts the Legislature would change the law to allow stores to sell alcohol on Sundays.

A project is under way so health clinics in three Arkansas communities can expand access to testing for cervical cancer among low-income women. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences started taking patients in Clarksville, Hope and Wynne.

Arkansas Times blog is reporting that special prosecutor H. G. Foster will file no criminal charges in the alleged assault of a freshman at the University of Arkansas by three basketball players.

The New York attorney general’s office is filing civil charges against Bank of America and its former Chief Executive Officer Ken Lewis, saying the bank misled investors about Merrill Lynch when it acquired the Wall Street bank in late 2008.

Rising commodity prices will help boost acreage of most crops, after cold and wet weather damaged much of the state’s cotton and soybean crops in 2009, said Richard Bell, the Arkansas secretary of agriculture.

Baldor Electric reports that its 2009 total sales were down 22% and net income down 40% compared to 2008.

Dillards reports January sales are down 6% compared to last year.

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater has joined the board of directors of Verizon Communications.

New-vehicle registrations dropped 25 percent last year compared with 2008, but there were indications that they improved at the end of the year, a research firm says.

Oaklawn’s owner Charles Cella will offer a $5 million purse at April 3’s Apple Blossom stakes if the country’s top fillies, Rachel Alexander and Zenyatta, show up. That will be the largest purse for fillies in North American racing history.

Federal prosecutors allege that former North Little Rock Alderman Cary Gaines owed gambling debts to a Cabot man who has been linked to the Mafia, saying that is why Gaines allegedly figured the man’s taxes and schemed to pay him kickbacks from city projects.

Former Pulaski County Circuit Judge Willard Proctor Jr. filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to be immediately reinstated to the bench and be allowed to run for office again.

A 6th grade Jonesboro boy is in police custody after school officials said he brought a loaded gun to school.

A televised report says three children are among five people who died in a house fire at Bella Vista.

Josh Duggar, eldest child of 19,and his brother John are credited with saving the life of a child in a capitol city car accident last week.

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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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