Friday morning wrap

Forecasters are warning that portions of Arkansas and northern Louisiana may see significant severe weather today and that a tornado outbreak is possible in the region tonight and Saturday morning.

The Razorbacks Red-White spring game is in Fayetteville tomorrow at Reynolds Stadium. Events begin at noon. Kickoff is 6:07.

The former president, George W. Bush, dropped in on El Dorado High School for “signing day,” when some 250 students took advantage of the El Dorado Promise scholarship for college educations.

Former President Bill Clinton, speaking at the Downtown Little Rock Partnership’s annual meeting, says that supporters of environmentally friendly technology need to highlight its economic benefits for businesses.

The executive director of the Family Council will push for legislation next year to ban lottery vending machines.

The Game and Fish Commission set final rules and regulations for 2010-2011 hunting seasons that will look much the same as last year.

As part of an effort to lock up more inmates, the Arkansas Department of Correction is moving its bootcamp program to the Tucker Unit in Jefferson County. Meanwhile, the InnerChange Freedom Initiative, a privately run, faith-based program, will move from Tucker to Wrightsville.

The Southern Arkansas University board of trustees voted 5-0 to increase tuition and mandatory fees by 5.6 percent starting in the fall.

Rural Pulaski County is getting nearly $4 million in federal money for a new sewer system. Officials expect the project to get underway immediately.

Pulaski County leads the state in per capita income, according to the latest data made available by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. Pulaski County’s PCI for 2008 was $44,065. Union County had the second-highest PCI at $40,629. The state’s lowest PCI was in Scott County, $22,527.

The Public Service Commission orders a high ranking Entergy executive to testify next month in the agency’s investigation to determine whether Entergy Arkansas should become a “stand-alone” utility.

The Welspun pipes plant in the Port of Little Rock is close to ramping up production, operating 24 hours per day, seven days per week and hiring 100 workers.

The mother of one-time murder suspect Kevin Jones defends inconsistencies in her testimony about finding the body of slain beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer, saying tearfully that above all, she wanted justice for her son’s girlfriend.

A 26-year-old Little Rock man who claimed he was being framed for murder by his younger half brother and their father was sentenced Wednesday to two life sentences.

Two open cases–one involving allegations of rape at a fraternity house weeks ago and a murder just last weekend – happened on ASU’s campus and there is still no arrest in either case.

A fight involving several people at a Conway apartment complex culminated when a group of men allegedly used a pickaxe and a two-by-four to beat another man, and then allegedly tried to run over another group of people when they drove from the scene. One local man is in custody.

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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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