Back to work on Monday news

If you want to vote in the May 18th primary election, today is the deadline.

Senator Mark Pryor says he hopes President Obama will consider diversity in the next Supreme Court nominee and Pryor would like to see somebody from middle America selected.

Circuit Judge Chris Piazza rules that Act 1, an initiated act that bans any unmarried person living with a partner from serving as an adoptive parent, is unconstitutional, and amounts to an unwarranted invasion of privacy.

The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees votes 9-1 to approve a tuition and fee increase across all UA institutions.

Gov. Mike Beebe’s administration has proposed beefing up standards at daycare centers and preschools. Opponents object to the cost child-care centers would pay, even though the proposal is voluntary.

The jobless rate inched up to 7.8 percent in March. The national rate for March remained constant at 9.7 percent.

William J. Newberry of Green Forest has won his second $10,000 Powerball jackpot prize.

Arkansas basketball coach John Pelphrey says sophomore point guard Courtney Fortson has decided to declare for the NBA draft, but will not hire an agent.

President Obama has named Mike Marshall of Missouri, alternate federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority. The mayor of Sikeston, Mo., replaces Rex Nelson of Little Rock.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has filed a written agreement against Forrest City Bank. The agency “has found unsafe and unsound practices … related to the investment portfolio of the bank.” Federal regulators have sanctioned eight Arkansas banks.

Dillard’s executives had their salaries frozen again in 2009, but their total compensation increased considerably last year, according to the company’s proxy statement. CEO William Dillard II had a total compensation of $4.9 million in 2009, up 96.2 percent from 2008.

German conglomerate Bayer CropScience should pay a dozen farmers nearly $50 million for allowing a genetically altered strain of rice to escape into the commercial market, damaging rice prices in 2006

A Pulaski County detention deputy is in critical condition after an inmate attacked him with a handful of pencils.

The police chief at Arkansas State University says investigators are still working to develop suspects in the fatal shooting of an ASU senior at a campus housing complex.

The father of a south Arkansas woman accused of smothering her two young children last year provided a Magnolia newspaper with documents purporting to be entries from his daughter’s diary that he says implicate her husband in the deaths and her in a cover-up.

Tony Alamo says he should get a new trial on sex-with-young-girls charges because his sentencing was tainted by religious views of the federal judge who presided in the case.

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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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