Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Wednesday morning jolt

The highway bond proposal was soundly defeated by Arkansas voters yesterday, as was an item to fund improvements on college campuses. The higher ed issue lost by about 700 votes statewide. The wife of a convicted sex offender, who resigned his seat in the Arkansas General Assembly as part of a plea bargain, was elected to the same seat yesterday.

Governor Huckabee is thinking about supporting a state ban on smoking in workplace.

Preliminary census figures indicate Springdale is now the third largest city in the state. The special census estimates the population of the city at 62,050, an increase of 15,983 residents more than the 2000 census.

Tiffany Nix of Benton will serve ten days in jail for the death of 9 year old William “Isaac” Brian, who was killed when he was struck by her Jeep Grand Cherokee after getting off his bus on Northshore Drive in Benton. In accepting the guilty pleas, Circuit Judge Gary Arnold adhered to an agreement reached between attorneys in the case. He sentenced Nix to 10 years of supervised probation.

A Bentonville man was sentenced to 25 (actual) years in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty to possessing more than 300 images of child pornography. James Hale Stewart pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors to one count involving the sending of child pornography via computer and a second count of possessing child pornography. A third count was dismissed in exchange for a guilty plea.

J. W. Investments, Inc., owner of Adult World which operates a video and book retail outlet on the outskirts of Wiedner, has paid a $40,000 fine as part of a negotiated settlement in order to keep 5 of its’ employees from facing criminal charges in St. Francis County. A criminal trial was to have begun yesterday.

Fort Smith-based Beverly Enterprises Inc. is sticking with its new buyer, Filmore Capital, after a Monday deadline for more bidders passed without any new offers.

Gulf Coast residents still stranded in Arkansas can get help at an assistance fair planned this week in Little Rock, the state Department of Emergency Management announced Tuesday. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at the Arkansas Workforce Center, on the second floor of University Mall.

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