Monday, January 16, 2006

Martin's Monday

The State Department of Education is taking over operation of two financially distressed districts. Arkansas Education Commissioner Ken James dissolved the school boards of the Eudora School District in the rural southeast corner Arkansas and the Midland School District in Independence County.

Little Rock is in the middle of a crime wave. There have been six homicides reported so far this year (last time we checked).

There may have been rain in some places, but drought conditions continue statewide. Brush fires threatened neighborhoods in Bella Vista near the Missouri border Sunday afternoon. Wildfires in Oklahoma scorched 2700 acres yesterday.

Arkansas’ alcohol distributors and retailers want a Pulaski Circuit judge to remove exemptions to state law that grant privileges to the state’s native wines.

Officials at the Pine Bluff Arsenal say that chemical weapons incineration will be put on hold for several months. Crews at the Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility will be replacing piping in its pollution abatement system during coming months in order to enhance the overall efficiency of the system. Two Pine Bluff Arsenal production employees were injured Thursday while reclaiming white phosphorous to be used in new munitions.

Flags at St. Francis County government offices will fly at half-staff for 19 days commemorating each of the 19 years Dave Parkman served as Sheriff. The 79 year old Parkman died of cancer late last week. He had resigned his office in October.

A special census will begin in Fayetteville Match 21 and the results will very likely mean a bigger slice of state revenue. According to the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas the U.S. Census Bureau listed Fayetteville's 2000 population as 58,047; the bureau's current estimate puts Fayetteville at 64,190. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission estimates the city's current population at 70,351.

Atkins is getting five new tornado warning sirens. They were donated by Entergy and are separate from the warning system for Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville.

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