Arkansas Wednesday news

High school seniors who have applied for the Academic Challenge Scholarship, funded through the newly implemented state lottery, will begin learning in May if they can expect to receive the financial aid.

The House and Senate public health committees agree to study a legislative proposal to exclude Arkansans from a federal mandate to purchase health insurance.

Gov. Mike Beebe reappointments Lynn Sickel of DeValls Bluff to another term on the state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission. Sickel was first appointed by Gov. Mike Huckabee. He also appointed J.D. Lowery of Maumelle, a Clinton School of Public Service graduate who works for Viridian USA, a sustainable building consulting firm.

Chris Heller, attorney for the Little Rock School District, tells School Board members that talks by attorneys for Pulaski school districts with the state attorney general’s office over a settlement of remaining issues in the desegregation case were “positive and productive but preliminary.”

Arkansas Best and the Teamsters union agree tentatively to a 15 percent wage cut. However, shares fell after the union said the company was losing $10 million a month this year and liquidity continues to worsen — one of the reasons it agreed to the pay cut.

Windmill blade maker LM Glasfiber wants to emphasize a different aspect of its business, so the Denmark-based company with Arkansas and North Dakota factories is changing its name to LM Wind Power.

More testimony from DNA experts is under way in the trial of an Arkansas man charged in the murder of Russellville beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer.

The Police Department at Arkansas State University is continuing to interview people about what is believed to be the first shooting death ever reported on the university campus in Jonesboro.

Police are looking for three men who posed as police officers and forced their way into a Little Rock home. They came in demanding cash and shot the homeowner, Rachel Woods, in the leg.

A Vilonia Police Department officer pursued a fleeing suspect over a barbed wire fence and through a creek and eventually brought the suspect in, naked but mostly unhurt.

Brandy Mullikin, a Star City teacher was arrested for having sex with a student on multiple occasions. Mullikin admitted to the relationship after the boy turned 18.  She also says he stayed overnight at her home on several occasions and says the teen’s mother knew of the affair.

Authorities in Benton County have arrested the ex-boyfriend of a Rogers woman who disappeared in 2007.

A 23-year-old Pine Bluff man who police said spearheaded an armed robbery at a North Little Rock Chinese restaurant where five employees were beaten and bound was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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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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