Already Friday morning

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet responds to Governor Beebe’s defense of the federal accusations against the Conway Human Development Center. Keet promises to would work to ensure that this facility is not just warehousing the disabled

A report by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says students are seeing fewer unhealthy foods at school and are being given more healthy options.

The Public Service Commission begins an investigation into Entergy Arkansas’ cost-sharing agreement with Entergy Corp. subsidiaries and the parent company’s reluctance to share its transmission grid with other electricity providers.

The Department of Emergency Management and county officials reported one fatality and four injuries from Wednesday night’s tornadoes and storms as officials assess damage.

The Highway Commission opened bids on 10 more road and bridge projects worth more than $65 million, the latest batch of work to be paid with federal economic stimulus money.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes issued a stay for Jack Harold Jones, sentenced to die Tuesday for the murder of a Bald Knob woman, while he considers the inmate’s challenge to the Methods of Execution Act.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals has overturned the arson conviction of a former volunteer firefighter and ordered a new trial. The court found that the judge made a mistake in jury instructions in the trial of Dustin Torrence.

The Mena school board hopes to fund the construction of a new elementary school by selling four unused facilities.

James O. Powell, a noted journalist who served as editorial page editor and later a columnist for the Arkansas Gazette, has died at age 90. The Memorial Service is Saturday at Second Baptist in Little Rock.

Five years after announcing ambitious plans to build a $30 million headquarters in downtown Little Rock, Lions World Services for the Blind is putting the property on the market and refocusing on increasing enrollment and renovating its existing building.

EGS wagers top $38.9 million in February 2010 compared to $19.1 million one year ago. That’s a 101% annual increase.

A lawsuit accuses an employee of an oil and gas company owned by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of aiding and abetting an alleged $15 million securities fraud under investigation by federal officials.

Naples, Fla.-based HMA will spend $20 million in the 2010 fiscal year on facility and service upgrades to Sparks Medical System in Fort Smith.

Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley’s blog relates a local prosecutor’s e-mail that says no charge will be filed against Sen. Jack Crumbly, the Earle school superintendent, as a result of complaint made against him by a former substitute teacher.

A Conway woman has been charged with felony domestic battery after allegedly biting most of her boyfriend’s ear off early Thursday morning.

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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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