Thursday Arkansas summary

The 39th Infantry Brigade has been told to prepare for a possible 2012 deployment to Afghanistan.

Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed Mark Waldrip of Moro to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, in a seat representing the 1st Congressional District.

Opponents of the new federal health care law confronted Gov. Mike Beebe outside his office after Republican lawmakers announced planned legislation to shield Arkansans from some of the law’s provisions.

The method of determining whether schools inflate students’ grades is flawed, a researcher who has studied grade inflation in the state told a panel examining the issue.

The Board of Parole voted unanimously against recommending clemency for a man sentenced to die for the 1993 killing of a De Queen woman.

Former President George W. Bush will visit El Dorado to speak at the signing ceremony for students receiving the El Dorado Promise scholarship.

The January 2009 ice storm that split trees and downed limbs in many of the state’s timber stands is still plaguing state forestry officials as they fight wildfires this spring.

New-vehicle registrations were up 3 percent in February compared with February of last year, the first time in 17 months that the number of titles rose.

Entergy is now predicting a 15 percent drop in residential rates this summer, against an earlier forecast of 10 percent.

A truck carrying pig parts lost its cover while driving on Interstate 40 near Maumelle, losing some of its cargo before pulling over. Traffic was tied up for hours.

A Pennsylvania woman has unearthed a 3.17-carat canary yellow diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park.

A Pulaski County jury ordered the owner of Kim’s A to Z in North Little Rock to pay $10,000 to  a special-education teacher who was threatened at gunpoint and twice shocked with a stun gun in the mistaken belief that he was a shoplifter.

Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office is now using a new lie detector, which uses vocal stress to uncover deception.

Evangelist Tony Alamo’s phone privileges recently were suspended for more than 400 days as punishment for violating Federal Bureau of Prisons policy.

Steven R. Swanson of Russellville, currently a student at the University of Central Arkansas, has been charged with 588 counts of possessing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

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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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