Monday’s first Arkansas headlines

Filing for statewide offices begins at noon today at the State Capitol, and other filings begin at county courthouses.

Glenn Gallas of Hot Springs will challenge Rep. Mike Ross in the Fourth Congressional District. Gallas is the leader of the Garland County Tea Party and past chairman of the Garland County Republican Committee.

A former Pulaski County circuit judge removed from the bench by the state Supreme Court asked a federal judge to reinstate him in time to file for re-election this week.

Gov. Mike Beebe says he will announce today whether he will veto a portion of the budget dealing with how to pay for redistricting.

Two Arkansas two-year colleges will split $7.4 million in federal stimulus funds to provide training in jobs related to energy efficiency.

Pine Bluff’s new District Court Building will open today.

Van Buren City Attorney Don Jenkins will continue to be paid even though he won’t be performing his duties for three months. That will cost $14,000 Mayor Bob Freeman says. City Attorney is an elected position in Van Buren.

Representatives of the U.S. rice industry, including some based in Arkansas, tell the European Commission that domestic rice in 2009 was free of the genetically modified strain that severely restricted the exporting of the American crop to the continent.

Increased sales and the ability to charge a higher interest rate on Arkansas used-car loans helped America’s Car-Mart Inc. post strong third quarter 2010 results. New federal legislation allows an interest rate of 17%, although Car-Mart says it only charges 12%.

A correctional officer at the Jack Jones Juvenile Detention Center was killed and a second injured Saturday night during an escape from the facility. Two of the three people accused in the death were arrested Sunday afternoon in Fort Smith.

Too many babies and children die without a formal investigation and input from a professional forensic pathologist, Faulkner County Coroner Patrick Moore says. One in four infant deaths in Arkansas goes unexplained – and incompletely investigated

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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