Monday, January 09, 2006

Monday Mornin' Comin' Down

Burn bans continue over most of Arkansas as the drought continues. The risk of fire is high. Wildfires sruck in Ashley County which burned four homes over the weekend. Authorities in Saline County are still looking for an arsonist.

The Arkansas House of Representatives will meet today to chose a new Speaker. Reps. Will Bond, D-Jacksonville, and Benny Petrus, D-Stuttgart, will address House members and the secret ballot vote will be taken.

David Mathew Scott is in the Hot Spring County jail after allegedly shooting a state trooper in the face Saturday night. Trooper Zach Owens is resting at home after being released from the hospital.

The Tacoma, Washington News Tribune reports that the Internal Revenue Service has been tracking the political affiliation of taxpayers in 20 states, including Arkansas.

Two coaches for an elementary football team at Pine Bluff and a former employee of the Arkansas Department of Human Services have been charged with the theft of $120,000 in federal money designated for youth services. A federal grand jury says Cheryl Moten, Theo Dickerson and Larry Williams “did knowingly convert to their use and the use of another money belonging to the United States Department of Justice.”

The Democrat-Gazette reports that Gov. Mike Huckabee hasn’t received a federal letter telling governors about a new search they could undertake to find Gulf states’ sexual offenders who came to Arkansas after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Huckabee’s spokesman said Friday.

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay out of his state’s battle with Arkansas poultry companies.

Caraway Police Chief Jerry Vaughn, who has been suspended with pay since November for his handling of a vehicle-pedestrian accident that injured an 11-year-old girl, acted appropriately and won’t face any criminal charges, a prosecutor who investigated the case said.

Pope County authorities are searching for a man who they believe burglarized and assaulted an 87-year-old Dover woman in her home on New Year’s Eve.

Faulkner County's proximity to natural gas in the Fayetteville Shale will have a positive long-term economic impact, including infrastructure development, new business opportunity and job growth, according to Danny Ferguson, director for corporate and community development for Southwestern Energy Co, who spoke with the Log Cabin Democrat.

Tonight in LR, it’s UALR v. ASU, and it’s darned near a sell-out.

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