Early Thursday Arkansas headlines

The House and Senate have approved identical versions of Gov. Mike Beebe’s $4.5 billion spending plan for the coming year. The Revenue Stabilization Act should be ready Friday.

Gov. Mike Beebe scolded the legislature for hanging onto $3 million in local pork project money, rather than spending it on statewide needs. The state supreme court has ruled on this kind of thing already

The Public Defenders Commission says it will not pay for the private attorney representing the man accused of a double shooting at a Little Rock Army recruiting station.

Nine fire departments are getting nearly $900,000 for first-responder training and equipment as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Assistance to Firefighters” grants program.

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels is bringing in Oaklawn’s race announcer Terry Wallace to make the call for the start of the “political horse race season.” That will be noon Monday, when filing begins for the May primaries.

A hard drive containing personal information on current and former National Guard soldiers has turned up missing.

Arkansas Best reports a net loss of $127.9 million in 2009 compared with net income of $29.2 million in 2008.

Deltic Timber’s sales and net income slumped in 2009. The company recorded a $3.7 million annual profit compared to $4.4 million the previous year.  A strong commercial real estate market helped the numbers.

New York Times reports that Conway’s Kris Allen has made at least $650,000 so far from his win on American Idol.

Dan Harmon, the former Saline County prosecutor who served nearly a decade in prison for drug and corruption convictions, has pleaded not guilty to drug distribution charges.

The four men charged with two counts each capital murder in the University of Central Arkansas campus shooting will stand trial on June 14, barring further delays.

A North Little Rock alderman and a Cabot man who federal authorities allege is a member of the New York mafia will be tried together on weapons charges.

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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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