Friday morning Arkansas happenings

The new national survey from Public Policy Polling finds President Obama in tight potential races against Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney.

The Lottery Commission voted to authorize the introduction of raffle games during the 2010-11 fiscal year.

A Little Rock businessman filed suit Thursday against the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, arguing that the lottery should be ordered to stop using terms for which he secured the trademark years ago — including the phrase “Arkansas Lottery.”

The Arkansas State University Planning Committee proposes to raise tuition and increase student fees to help offset more than $2.5 million in state revenue cutbacks.

With the launch of a new internet service, Arkansas is the first state to provide secure payment processing specifically for smartphone users.The Arkansas.gov mobile Web site is part of the official Web site of the state“

Just days before officials say a baby girl was smothered to death in Columbia County, the Department of Human Services dropped its case, releasing the infant from foster care and sending her back home.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is joining a multi-state probe of whether Federal Express incorrectly classifies its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. This can be a way to sidestep payroll and insurance costs and laws such as the minimum wage.

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by a high school student who sued his teacher after she confiscated his cell phone.

Circuit Judge Kent Crow issued an order saying Carroll County has never had two county seats, as many residents have believed for the past 127 years.

The Washington County sheriff’s office has sold an airplane to a Wisconsin doctor for $55,000 through the popular online auction company eBay.

Arkansas Baptist College will spend $18 million on campus and neighborhood work. Improvements include, a new general education building, expansion of the cafeteria, and a new 190-bed residence hall.

Home sales fell 1.26 percent in January, the first decline after four consecutive months in which sales increased over the previous year. Weather is cited as a reason for the decline.

A Faulkner County man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a child. Jerry Dale Wilkinson of Mount Vernon is accused of beginning the activity when the girl was seven years old.

The man charged in the killing of a Salvation Army major in front of his three children on Christmas Eve faces new charges after North Little Rock police say he admitted during questioning to participating in a robbery and a burglary.

John Cody, a Pea Ridge city councilman who is running for a spot on the Benton County Quorum Court, was arrested for driving while intoxicated after leaving a council meeting.

A 28-year-old mother of seven has promised a Pulaski County Circuit judge that she has turned her life around since causing a car crash that killed another woman after assaulting two others during a fight with a romantic rival. Debra K. Davis will serve three months in jail and pay a $1,000 fine.

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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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