Arkansas First news for Thursday

Federal Income Taxes are due today and not all Post Office locations will observe the same late hours as in yeas past.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says five of the 40 inmates on the state’s death row have had “a full round of review” by appeals courts. McDaniel’s office says it is preparing to seek execution dates for the inmates as soon as the last appeals are cleared.

The Highway Commission opened bids on 33 projects totaling $37.5 million, including two projects worth $19.1 million that will be paid for with federal stimulus money.

The Court of Appeals overturned a ruling by the Workers’ Compensation Commission that denied compensation because the injury was preceded by a hug.

A panel created to find a new funding source for highway improvements hired a public relations firm to assist in organizing a series of public meetings.

Former Governor Mike Huckabee, and his wife Janet, have moved their legal residence to Florida, which has no state income tax.

Verizon officials say that 600 former Alltel Corp. jobs have been eliminated since early 2009, but that they expect employment at the Little Rock campus to exceed previous projections by 700.

Home remodelers are scrambling to get certified in lead-paint safety techniques before new federal regulations meant to protect children from dust created by removal of such paint go into effect April 22.

Rep. Ray Kidd of Jonesboro, the sponsor of a law banning texting while driving, says he’s somewhat sad that there have been just 11 convictions under the law thus far.

Four sets of parents whose children were seized from the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries compound neglected the youngsters and did nothing when they were abused, an appeals court ruled in upholding their removal by state officials.

Six men and six women will consider the fate of an man charged in the death of beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer. Two alternates will be selected and opening arguments are expected to begin this morning.

A Fort Smith woman, murdered in her home, leaves a clue in blood that points investigators to Branson, Missouri. The investigation started, when 54-year-old Rita Collins was found dead in her home. Police say they found the words “COUSIN COUSIN MAXIE” written in blood on the carpet. Maxie Dobbs has been booked into the Sebastian County Jail.

A Faulkner County resident and convicted child murderer has been arrested on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography. Philip Housley was on parole for first-degree murder in the Aug. 18, 1992 death of 16-month-old Warren Hilton.

A dangerous diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic who escaped from medical custody at UAMS is found and in the hospital.

The lawyer for a 16-year-old who filed a complaint against his mother that resulted in a misdemeanor harassment charge says it’s OK for parents to monitor a child’s internet activities, but impersonation isn’t.


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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