Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Daybreak Wednesday

A man died from injuries sustained in a house fire, and the chief of a volunteer department in the town of Jericho that didn't respond to the blaze has been forced from his position. The victim was reportedly confined to a wheelchair. When firefighters from Marion and West Memphis finally arrived on the scene, the house was engulfed in flames.

The State Game and Fish Commission will officially dedicate an artificial lake near the Governor’s hometown of Hope as “Mike and Janet Huckabee Lake.”

The Little Rock School District has submitted to a federal judge the third of four program evaluations that are prerequisites to the school system’s release from almost 50 years of federal court involvement in the racial desegregation of the 26,000-student district.

The Boston Globe counts Arkansas among seven states that have efforts underway to put a minimum wage increase on the ballot in 2006.

The Pine Bluff Commercial reports today about a recent study compiled from federal data which identified northern and central Pine Bluff as being in the top 5 percent of areas in the nation for potential health risks from industrial air pollution.

The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas reports that one-more-for-the-road traditions over the long Christmas weekend pushed driving-while-intoxicated arrests to a new high in Springdale. Officers arrested 22 people on DWI charges in the four-day period from 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Monday, compared to 12 such arrests a year ago during the same four-day period. That's an increase of 83 percent.

St. Francis County Sheriff's officers are investigating an incident near the town of Colt in which a horse was shot. It is speculated that someone was night hunting and mistook the horse for a deer,

The documentary Hoop Dreams and footage of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake are among the 25 movies picked this year for the National Film Registry, a compilation of significant films being preserved by the Library of Congress. One of the players in the story of inner-city basketball players ended up at Arkansas State University.

Former Saline County prosecutor Joe Kelly Hardin is dead of natural causes. He was 55.

On Jan. 1, a new law takes effect in Tennessee that requires first-time DUI offenders to pick up highway litter for 24 hours while wearing an orange vest that says in 4-inch letters: "I am a DRUNK DRIVER."

Warmer weather can be blamed for Bentonville’s ice skating rink partially melting, according to the city’s Advertising and Promotion Commission president.

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