Friday Arkansas news and stuff

The legislature is in recess until next week when the fiscal session is expected to be officially wrapped up and a new House Speaker will be elected.

Jim Keet, a former Arkansas lawmaker and Little Rock business owner, says he’s likely to run for the Republican nomination for governor.

Arkansas Times blog reports Justice Department officials have interviewed Susan Hickey of El Dorado, who is a law clerk to retiring federal Judge Harry Barnes. That suggests that she may be the pick for the judicial opening in the western district of Arkansas.

California Sen. Barbara Boxer and poultry producers are calling for stricter labeling so that consumers know when their chicken is stuffed with salt water. It is directed at Tyson and Pilgrim’s Pride.

The Southwest Power Pool is to announce plans to build a $63 million office in Little Rock that will employ 150 people.

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, wants its suppliers to reduce 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2015.

America’s Car-Mart of Bentonville reported total third-quarter revenue up 14 percent to $83.8 million. Same-store sales rose 11 percent.

AT&T will invest about $2 million in capital spending for the wireless network. The plans for 2010 include the addition of nearly 50 new cell sites and upgrades to 200 additional cell sites to 3G.

The state Supreme Court has agreed to consider a circuit judge’s ruling that the state must pay the legal bills of a man accused of fatally shooting one soldier and wounding another outside a Little Rock recruiting center.

A judge has overturned a 1989 capital murder conviction in a Hot Spring County double slaying because a deal with a key witness was not disclosed to the defense until after trial by then-Prosecutor Dan Harmon, later sent to prison on corruption charges.

In a 5-2 decision, the state Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Roderick Williams and life plus 72 year sentence on capital murder and other charges, finding that a mistrial should have been granted after a witness at the Desha County trial said erroneously that Williams had been convicted previously of terroristic threatening.

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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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