Friday morning in Arkansas

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed for re-election and says he wants to end his second term with a definitive date for ending desegregation payments to Little Rock area schools

The legislature is now adjourned after the House elected Robert Moore of Arkansas City as its new Speaker for the 2011 and 2012 sessions.

Ousted Little Rock Circuit Court Judge Willard Proctor tells the attorney general that he is considering a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statute under which he was removed and banned for life from judicial office.

Despite objections raised by the manufactured-housing industry and the congressional delegation, thousands of Federal Emergency Management Agency travel trailers will soon be shipped out from the Hope Municipal Airport to dealerships across the country.

The Democrat-Gazette reports that Conway Development Corp. built the new Hewlett-Packard facility using up to $35 million in state incentives and not taking bids for the general contractor, Nabholtz Construction.

For the first time in since July 2008, Dillard’s reports an increase in monthly same-store sales. February same-store sales rose 2 percent for the four weeks ending Feb. 7. The performance outpaced the expectations of analysts, who expected a 5 percent drop.

Federal prosecutors allege the former chief financial officer of Affiliated Foods Southwest conspired with the bankrupt company’s former president to commit bank fraud.

A soldier from Fort Smith has died from enemy fire in Afghanistan.

A 17-year-old Little Rock girl is convicted of first-degree battery for participating in the gang-related beating of a 14-year old boy after her co-defendant, a 15-year-old boy, took a plea deal in midtrial to testify against her and two other teens accused in the attack, one of them now a murder suspect.

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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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