It’s another Arkansas Monday!

Federal stimulus funds created or saved 1,622 jobs in Arkansas during the last three months of 2009, the state Office of Recovery and Reinvestment says in a report released late last week.

With most state budgets already approved or awaiting final action and the lottery and spending priority bills headed to lawmakers’ desks, the Legislature is on target to wrap up its first-ever fiscal session this week. The legislature will convene for business today.

The Department of Health is seeking a contractor to develop and manage a call center that will be the “nerve center” of the new statewide trauma system.

A Tulsa attorney predicts three to five more years of litigation will stem from Oklahoma’s pollution lawsuit against Arkansas poultry companies. Closing arguments were Thursday in the 50-day trial to decide whether Springdale-based Tyson Foods and five other poultry firms with operations in Arkansas polluted Lake Tenkiller, the Illinois River and its tributaries.

Wal-Mart operations in Mexico turned in a strong performance in the fourth quarter with a 17% profit, and the company said it intends to add stores and jobs.

Dassault Falcon will idle its 1,800-worker plant in Little Rock this summer for two weeks. And, in Fort Smith, Trane is laying off more than 200.

The National Forest Service issued a new map of where it is acceptable to ride ATV’s in the Ouachita National Forest. Out of the 1.8 million acres in the forest, 130 miles of non-connected trails would be allowed for ATV use. That’s 90 percent less than before

Former Saline County prosecutor Dan Harmon, who has been out of prison for four years, has been arrested for allegedly selling drugs to an undercover officer near a school. Harmon was arrested in Sheridan for allegedly dealing the painkillers hydrocodone and morphine.

A man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of the son of Malvern’s mayor now faces another murder charge in Hot Springs.

Former United Way of Faulkner County Director Samantha Huseas-Pierce was arrested  and charged with forgery and credit card fraud, both class-C felonies, relating to over $15,000 in unauthorized expenditures.

A federal judge says a Benton pre-school center violated federal law when a cook’s assistant was fired after telling her employer she had been selected for a jury pool in federal court at Little Rock.

A federal judge could decide next week whether a North Little Rock alderman and a former colleague will be tried on public corruption and other charges alongside an accused mobster.

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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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