Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Wednesday morning stuff

In an exclusive interview with Pat Lynch on WAI Radio, Congressman Vic Snyder expressed opposition to oil drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. That measure was attached to a defense appropriation bill and is now under consideration in the U. S. Senate. Snyder also said that charges against President Bush for domestic spying should be carefully considered in a bipartisan manner.

Mitch Mustain, the Bulldogs quarterback who earlier this month led Springdale to its first state championship since 1989, has been named the Parade magazine All-America High School Player of the Year.

Arkansas shelters and services for the homeless will receive just over $4 million in federal funding in 2005, a drop of 27 percent from the amount awarded for the same programs the previous year.

State auditors continue investigating allegations of missing money in a Damascus city office. The City of Damascus (pop. 303) is one of America’s most notorious speed traps and, according to the Democrat-Gazette, the police chief who made the original allegations of wrong doing has been demoted by the city council.

The Forrest City Police Department arrested five boys on felony charges stemming from more than 32 incidents that began in 2003 and continued through November this year, with the last incident being the decapitation of a statue of St. Francis of Assisi at the local Catholic Church.

The future of education for 174 students in the Palestine-Wheatley School District will be on one campus if the Department of Education agrees to a plan that will be submitted early next year.

Kevin Tuberville of the Jonesboro Sun reports that USM “escaped with a 31-19 victory” over ASU in the New Orleans Bowl.

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