Friday, January 06, 2006

Better late than.....

Paul Chittum, the son of a Bentonville woman found covered in maggots and feces last month is now charged with his mother's murder.

The price of first class postage rises to 39 cents for the first ounce starting Sunday.

A legislative subcommittee gave the go-ahead Thursday for a new Public Service Commission rule designed to prevent utilities from shutting off natural gas service to residences in cold-weather months, between Nov. 1 and March 1 each year.

Officials at Conway Corp., which draws water for this city’s roughly 50,000 residents from Brewer Lake, are discussing an emergency backup should the current drought linger into spring.

Conway’s Log Cabin Democrat reports that A package containing a white powdery substance found at the Hogan Lane Post Office led to several employees being quarantined Wednesday.

NBC’s religion-themed midseason drama, The Book of Daniel, will debut at 8 p.m. today, but the network’s Little Rock affiliate, KARK-TV, Channel 4, won’t be showing it. Set your DVR to WB 42, which is Channel 9 on Comcast.

Lou DiBella, Jermain Taylor’s promoter, officially made an offer to Winky Wright’s promoter, Gary Shaw, for a world championship fight this spring.. That fight will probably not be in Arkansas.

Steven Barnett the former deputy director of the Pine Bluff Convention Center, is now serving seven years probation and has been ordered ordered to pay restitution, a fine and court costs after pleading guilty to theft of property, 225 counts of forgery, 226 counts of falsifying business records, and criminal conspiracy to commit the crimes. The charges involve almost $50 thousand in paychecks to non-existent employees.

Selling items that belong to other people on eBay for a fee or commission on the sale may require a state license sometime after next week. The Arkansas Auctioneer’s Licensing Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Little Rock to consider drafting regulations on sales by commission on the popular Internet auction site.

St. Vincent Health System has began negotiations with represenatives of its 900 unionized nurses on a new contract.

Construction costs for the new baseball park in North Little Rock are rising by $2 million over estimates. Mayor Hays blames Hurricane Katrina,in part and says the city is looking for places to cut.

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