Thursday morning around Arkansas

Two coal-fired power plants in Arkansas are among the nation’s 50 worst producers of mercury pollution, according to a report released by the Environmental Integrity Project.

USA Today reports prisons in eight states, including Arkansas, let convicts work in jobs that give them access to Social Security numbers and other personal information for the public, despite years of warnings that the practice should end, a federal audit finds

The Lottery Commission has approved its budget plan for the coming year and says it expects to have $116 million to devote to college scholarships.

The attorney general’s office is losing its chief deputy. Justin Allen will resign in April and return to private practice.

State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel rejected ballot proposals that would allow the recall and set term limits for city and county officers.

A Pulaski County Circuit judge rules three teenagers in state custody will join a lawsuit contesting a law that bars unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children.

Willard Proctor, removed from the circuit court bench and barred by law from running again, filed with the secretary of state as a write-in candidate for his old job. The Pulaski County Election Commission will decide on whether to certify him.

Legendary author Charles Portis will accept The Oxford American Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Literature at the magazine’s first Best of the South soiree April 3 at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock.

Little Rock has held a steady course during the recession, according to a study of the 100 largest metropolitan areas by the Brookings Institution. It had the eighth-lowest unemployment rate, 6.5 percent, in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Sebastian County Judge David Hudson says the county will need an additional $175,000 in the current year to meet the rising cost of jail operations.

Chicago Police, who were conducting a narcotics investigation, arrested a man wanted for a double homicide in Forrest City

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


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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