Thursday Arkansas update

Point guard Courtney Fortson’s Arkansas basketball career is over after two seasons. Fortson has signed with an agent, which ends his college eligibility and means he’s staying in the NBA Draft.

A Senate committee chaired by U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., approves a bill by Lincoln to tighten regulation of derivatives.

Dale Charles, president of the Arkansas NAACP, has compiled a report card on Arkansas members of Congress. Rep. Vic Snyder gets an A. Everyone else gets an F.

Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee, the former state senator, has been charged with a misdemeanor for using his company to do some ice storm cleanup work for the county.

The Sebastian County Quorum Court agreed to allocate another $115,071 to the U.S. Marshals Museum fund.

One St. Francis County Quorum Court member is proposing a pay cut for all 11 justices serving on the court.

Former presidents Clinton and George W. Bush will be in the state today for speaking engagements. Bush will be in El Dorado and Searcy. Bill Clinton will be in the capitol city.

Arkansas rice winds up in cereal bowls and on dinner tables around the world, but the state typically does not grow the varieties most demanded in Asia. Chung Chun Wong, a member of Taiwan’s parliament, visits this week looking for a new source of rice imports.

The Arkansas Supreme Court will consider the murder confession of a Camden boy who was 12 years-old at the time of the statement. Attorneys from Northwestern University will contend, among other things, that the child was denied counsel during questioning.

A 63-year-old Pulaski County detention deputy remains in stable but critical condition, three days after a prisoner beat him and stomped his face.

Kevin Jones. the boyfriend of beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer, took up the entire eighth day of the capital murder trial of Gary Dunn, which went by without a single mention of the defendant. It was the first time Jones — who was acquitted of Dirksmeyer’s murder in 2007 — has ever testified about her death.

A Jefferson County jury finds Jeremy Gipson guilty of arson and residential burglary but innocent of capital murder in the deaths of an elderly couple.

Arkansas State University police say they have a “person of interest” in connection with the shooting death of a student in his campus apartment.

A Bella Vista police officer who shot and killed a man during a traffic stop in January has been charged with manslaughter.

Little Rock fire officials are investigating a Tuesday evening house fire that caused $700,000 in damages.

The two teenagers arrested on March 24 at the scene of 66 overturned, broken or pulverized irreplaceable headstones at a historic Cemetery southeast of Vilonia have accepted the state’s plea arrangement for 30 days in jail and the maximum 1,440 hours each community service.

A former Kansas State University quarterback fell 94 feet to his death near Hawksbill Crag in Newton County, one of the best-known spots in the Ozark Mountains. Dylan Meier of Pittsburg, Kan., was hiking with family.

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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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