Arkansas Wednesday summary

Allen Smith scored 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers during the Golden Lions’ second-half surge to a 61-44 victory over Winthrop in the NCAA tournament’s opening game. The Golden Lions (18-15) will play Duke — the No. 1 seed in the West — on Friday in Jacksonville, Fla.

The federal lawsuit to allow white students to leave Malvern for neighboring districts is dismissed. Federal Judge Robert Dawson ruled on various motions for summary judgment that the Malvern School District and state Board of Education were not proper defendants.

The Arkansas AIDS Foundation, which has received state money to provide services to AIDS and HIV cases for more than 20 years, continues to protest a state decision to shift money to the White River Rural Health organization. It will appeal at a legislative subcommittee today.

A challenge to the voter approved law that bars unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children returns to the Pulaski County Courthouse for the first time in a year.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow will visit Little Rock and speak at the Clinton School of Public Service at 9 a.m. Monday, March 22.

Pine Bluff will have a “national search” for a police chief to succeed John Howell, fired by the mayor.

The scheduled execution of Jack Harold Jones Jr., scheduled for Tuesday evening, will not occur until the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decides on his petition concerning the method of execution.

The judge overseeing the capital murder trial of Gary Dunn, who is accused of killing Nona Dirksmeyer, rules that his attorneys have a right to know where Dunn’s wife lives, and that prosecutors can use an analysis that estimates a one in 120 million likelihood DNA found near Dirksmeyer’s body belongs to someone other than Gary W. Dunn, 30, of Dover.

Two men charged in the deaths of five people in Pearcy have pleaded not guilty to capital murder and other felony counts.

North Little Rock police have arrested Laquan Javaris Fitzpatrick, 19, in the Christmas Eve shooting death of Salvation Army Maj. Philip Wise. Police picked Fitzpatrick up at a Helena residence. Wise was murdered in view of his wife and three children. Another suspect is beign sought.

A plea deal is reached in the case of Amber Turley the Plumerville woman whose three children drowned after she drove into a lake near her home. She received a two-year prison sentence.

Steven Miller, an executive producer for the 1980s sit-com, “Growing Pains who now lives in Arkansas,” has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison on one count of distribution of child pornography.

Two men are in the West Memphis jail after being arrested for hauling $138,000 worth of stolen copper on a stolen flat bed truck.

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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