Thursday morning in Arkansas

A federal judge refuses to halt new admissions at the state-run Conway Human Development Center over Justice Department claims patients were mistreated.

The chief of the lottery intends to reduce his projection for ticket sales by about $14 million in the fiscal year starting July 1 and net proceeds for college scholarships by about $11 million because of a little-noticed change made during this year’s legislative session in the state lottery law.

Data presented to legislators reveals that school districts with high poverty levels get extra state and federal dollars but also have the lowest standardized test scores.

The chairman of the House public health committee wants the panel to be briefed on the new federal health care law, and perhaps to discuss anti-reform proposals as well.

With the opening of the legislative session nine months off, Little Rock has started lobbying for new laws that would let cities tack on a fee for 311 calls and tow away abandoned cars from nuisance properties.

The Clinton Presidential Center reports that a grant awarded by the Economic Development Administration will give the city of Little Rock and the Clinton Foundation the funds needed to begin renovating the Rock Island Bridge.

A quarter depicting Hot Springs National Park will be available to the public for the first time at a ceremony this month honoring the park’s 178th anniversary.

More than half of state households have returned their 2010 Census forms. About 53 percent of Arkansans had returned their forms by Monday, slightly below the national rate of 56 percent,

Under a recent consent order between the Securities Department and Merrill Lynch the investment firm agreed to pay a $15,000 fine for failing to prevent securities violations by a company employee in dealing with two clients. Those clients are Police Retirement Funds in Helena and Firefighters Pensions in Lonoke.

Former gubernatorial aide Betsey Wright pleaded no contest to charges that she attempted to sneak tattoo needles, a box cutter and other prohibited items into the Varner Supermax Unit last year. She was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $2,000.

Federal prosecutors say Trent Cox, a former member of the North Little Rock School Board, has been indicted on child pornography charges.

A shoplifter at a Kmart in Cabot used to a stun device Tuesday to shock a loss prevention employee who tried to prevent the man and a woman he was with from stealing batteries.

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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