Friday, December 02, 2005

Early Friday Scan

The body of an 8-year-old Gravette girl who collapsed in physical education class and later died has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory. Destiny Hicks' cause of death is still unknown.

St. Vincent Health System’s hospitals in Little Rock, Morrilton and Sherwood are now the first in the state to charge the same rates to insured and uninsured patients.

The Democrat-Gazette leads with an important education story. Legislators said Thursday that they’re open to considering pumping more money into smaller, less-efficient school districts, three months after saying they expected to only tweak the state’s school-funding formula.

The Conway City Council unanimously approved the authorization of a $100,000 grant from the city's general fund as an incentive for a national company to choose Conway for a new technical and customer support center.

Arkansas football players Fred Bledsoe and Michael Tate were suspended by Razorbacks Coach Houston Nutt on Thursday, a day after they were arrested for possession of a controlled substance by university police. Apparently, nobody told these aspiring Rhodes scholars that, if you light up a doobie in your dorm room, people could smell it all over.

Jermain Taylor is preparing for the sound beating he will endure Saturday night in Las Vegas at the hands of a desperate and highly motivated Bernard Hopkins.

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