Wednesday headlines

The state Medicaid program likely has enough money to get through the current fiscal year, but legislators gave a preview of the discussion to come over how to cut as much as $400 million from the public health insurance program next fiscal year.

Three flood control projects in Arkansas are among projects in five states that will share $9.4 million in federal funding.

State Rep. Steve Cole, D-Lockesburg, announced his resignation from the Legislature, effective June 30, to become chancellor of Cossatot Community College in Nashville.

Longtime state House Parliamentarian Tim Massanelli remains in a Little Rock hospital undergoing treatment for respiratory problems.

Arkansas ACORN is forming an independent organization — the Arkansas Community Organization — independent of the national organization, to make it easier to continue its work on behalf of low-income people and neighborhoods.

Fort Smith School Board members agree to consider building a third high school to ease the district’s space needs.

A Maumelle couple has filed a class-action complaint against Toyota Motor Corp., saying their 2006 4Runner struck a pole at a gas station after unintentionally accelerating.

Wal-Mart will open 35 to 40 supercenters in Canada this year.

RockTenn will be spending about $4 million to improve its Conway facility and at 12 new jobs.

University of Mississippi students vote to seek a new mascot, leaving behind — at least officially — the controversial specter of Colonel Reb.

A federal judge has delayed until July the trial for a doctor accused of a bombing that injured the state’s medical board chairman.

A former executive director of the  Ethics Commission surrendered to the Pulaski County sheriff’s office after investigators accused him of passing $1,300 in cash to a jail inmate last summer. Little Rock lawyer Jack Kearney was released without bail.

Actor Johnny Depp will appear on CBS’ “48 Hours” this Saturday evening at 9 to advocate release of the West Memphis Three.

Hot Springs police arrested a man featured on the FOX show America’s Most Wanted. Larry Arbuckle stands accused of repeatedly raping a 27-year-old mentally handicapped woman over a period of six months in Missouri.

A restaurant was evacuated and streets blocked off in Hot Springs after a car wash owner found a grenade on his property.

A Jacksonville parent faces charges for trying to get school children to give her clean urine. Heather Proffiitt faces three misdemeanor counts. Sources tell FOX16 Proffitt may have been trying to get a specimen for a boyfriend’s drug test.

A Pulaski County Circuit judge ordered a 17-year-old North Little Rock boy to be tried as an adult on aggravated robbery charges after prosecutors complained that the state juvenile-justice system regularly dismisses criminal cases against teens who abscond without completing their sentences.

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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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