Arkansas Friday eye-opener

A bill that would lift restrictions on travel and agricultural trade with Cuba is close to being approved by the House Agriculture Committee and has wide support throughout the lower chamber, According to Rep. Marion Berry.

A federal judge’s refusal to bar new admissions at the Conway Human Development Center is a vindication of sorts for the facility, Gov. Mike Beebe says.

Providers of emergency medical services will receive $2.3 million in grants this year for training and equipment to help them prepare for the state’s new trauma system,

Legislative auditors found some issues with the University of Central Arkansas’ finances in 2009, but it is not alleged that any money was missing or misspent. The largest concern is with a $700,000 loan which has not been repaid by Oxford American.

The board responsible for licensing Arkansas’ doctors is considering doing away with a rule that bars graduates of certain foreign medical schools from practicing medicine in the state.

A group challenging the law that bans fostering and adoption by unmarried couples says the act should be overturned because it does nothing but block children from being adopted into good homes.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded more than $217,698 in reparations to 106 crime victims in March.

The families of three police officers shot to death in a Seattle area coffee shop last year by an Arkansas parolee are suing Pierce County in Washington state, alleging its jail didn’t heed warnings that should have kept the gunman behind bars

Crews placed the final steel beam atop the framework of the new press box at War Memorial Stadium.

The Christ of the Ozarks statue near Eureka Springs will not be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places this year. The statue is a few years short of the necessary fifty years.

The Trucking Association Self-Insurers’ Fund has declared a $1.9 million dividend to 50 trucking companies that are enrolled in its workers’ compensation insurance trust.

Dillard’s says March same-store sales rose 9 percent and total sales were up 8 percent from the same time last year.

A 14-year-old girl missing for a month and a half is back home in North Little Rock after being found in Mexico.

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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