Arkansas’ Thursday morning news

State Sen. Joyce Elliott made her run for Congress in the Second Congressional District official. Glenn Gallas of Hot Springs filed to seek the Republican nomination in the Fourth District. Democrat Shane Broadway has filed for Lieutenant Governor.

The 100 members of the House of Representatives will choose between a retired educator and a retired state agency director as their next leader. Reps. Robert Moore, D-Arkansas City, and Johnnie Roebuck, D-Arkadephia, are seeking to be Speaker for the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions.

State Police Cpl. Ronnie Anderson was under criminal investigation, accused of letting an inmate out of custody, when the agency fired him Feb. 18, according to his termination letter

An attorney for former gubernatorial chief of staff Betsey Wright wants a judge to allow him to take a videotaped deposition from death row inmate Don Davis, saying the testimony is needed to corroborate Wright’s defense against charges that she attempted to smuggle contraband into a maximum-security prison.

State officials say they don’t know the whereabouts of around 350 sex offenders currently living in Arkansas. Those are individuals who have not registered with local law enforcement.

Mayor Ray Baker declared war on illegal drug activity and illegal immigration in Fort Smith.

Starting June 1, Little Rock residents won’t be able to park in their front yards any more.

Scott Callies of Mountain Home is accused of pocketing nearly $30,000 from customers of his pole-barn construction company.

Steven Alan Standridge of Mount Ida had his insurance license yanked by the Insurance Department after regulators became convinced that he had falsified collateral he used to purchase Gibraltar National Insurance Co. last year and also defaulted on a premium finance loan that had been misrepresented to the lender.

Chris Brown of Hot Springs is worried about his family’s credit rating after getting a $16,000 monthly bill from Verizon wireless. It may have to do with his daughter’s internet usage.

A top official of Texas-based Commercial Metals Co., that has a construction-materials plant at Hope, says 50 to 60 people will lose their jobs when the facility shuts down at the end of April.

Former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater will lead an outside panel advising Toyota on quality and safety issues, company executives announced Tuesday during a congressional hearing into the deadly defects that have led to multiple recalls.

New-vehicle registrations in January are down 12 percent from a year earlier.

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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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