Monday morning in Arkansas

Health Insurance Reform legislation passed the U. S. House of Representatives with congressmen Ross, Berry and Boozman voting “no.” Representative Vic Snyder is the sole “aye” Arkansas vote.

The Navy says a Hot Springs native has been killed in a battle with militants in Afghanistan.

Democratic Senate hopeful Bill Halter is deciding whether to use some of the money raised for his defunct re-election bid for lieutenant governor to pay off the debt from a previous campaign. The Ethics Commission says that a candidate who withdraws from a race can use surplus funds to pay off debts from past campaigns. Halter’s 2006 campaign for lieutenant governor still owes him about $420,000.

A Sherwood private school official is now behind bars after police arrested him for allegedly sexually assaulting a student. Timothy Ballard’s eighteen-year career at Abundant Life School may be in jeopardy as school board members plan to meet to discuss his future there.

Four North Little Rock High School seniors traveling on spring break with family and friends died early Saturday in Mississippi when their sport utility vehicle plummeted off a highway and overturned in a creek.

The Jacksonville High School counselor suspended last month after two students found a gun in her vehicle during an oil change in shop class returned to work last week.

Briuana Green, the Forrest City Junior High School eighth grader who won the Mid-South Spelling Bee in Memphis earlier this month, is preparing for the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

11th-seeded Arkansas-Little Rock’s women won its NCAA tournament debut, stunning No. 6 seed Georgia Tech 63-53.

Overall economic activity remaines “weak” in the past four months, according to the St. Louis Federal Reserve’s latest “Burgandy Book” report.

Tougher standards for coal-fired power plants would improve public health and boost economic possibilities, according to the Sierra Club. Nitrogen oxides and other pollutants from Texas power plants raise Arkansas’ smog levels, Sierra Club field organizer Lev Guter said during a news conference.

The Environmental Protection Agency will study potential health and water quality threats from an oil and natural gas drilling technique used in the Fayetteville Shale that injects massive amounts of water, sand and chemicals underground.

Fayetteville real estate developer John David Lindsey owes creditors $169.6 million, according to United States Bankruptcy Court filings. Lindsey, the son of Fayetteville real estate magnate Jim Lindsey, filed for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy on Feb. 20.

An agreement between the city of Russellville and Missouri developer John Q. Hammons for a convention center and hotel project near Interstate 40 will formally expire April 1, and the developer is not expected to pursue the project.

Salaries didn’t increase much among executives during 2009 at Simmons First, but overall compensation did. The biggest gain was enjoyed by J. Thomas May, chairman and CEO, a 21.3 percent boost to $843,509.

A new business could take over part of the defunct Cedar Chemical facility in Helena and bring 50 new jobs. The company went bankrupt in 2002. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality took over the site and has been working to determine what cleanup is needed to get it back to operation.

Little Rock-based Windstream Corp. last year went on a $2.2 billion buying spree that included companies from Iowa to Pennsylvania.

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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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