Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Wednesday's Highlights

Dameon Williams of Springdale, the state’s leading high school receiver is the recipient of this year’s Landers Award, which recognizes the best high school player. Williams has wisely committed to Florida and has a bright college experience with a winning program ahead of him, which will doubtless be followed by an outstanding NFL career.

Arkansas Times reports on Governor Huckabee’s trip to address Alabama Republicans in Mobile. He had a few choice words for his political opponents. Huckabee says, "being a Democrat in my state is like being a fire hydrant in a neighborhood full of dogs."

Legislators will begin meeting soon in preparation for a special session to deal with the latest Supreme Court decision on the Lake View case. State Representative Joyce Elliott, who chairs the House Education Committee, says she hope the session is called in March. Elliott was a guest with Pat Lynch on WAI Radio.com.

The economy of Northwest Arkansas and the rest of the state could be hit hard if a battle over water quality in the Illinois River watershed kills poultry farming in the region, says Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe. Today’s Morning News of Northwest Arkansas reports that Beebe spoke to hundreds of farmers in two meetings Tuesday about a lawsuit Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed in a federal court in Tulsa in June. "This could affect the viability of the family farm and your way of life here," Beebe told farmers.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson will begin a statewide tour today to lay out his agenda for creating new jobs.

The UPN stations in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith will pick up NBC’s “The book of Daniel” after local affiliates dropped the Friday night show, which has been the subject of protests from church groups.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate edged down to 4.5 percent in December, the lowest level since the 2001 recession.

In his State of the City message, Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey promised an initiative to ban workplace smoking.

Little Rock’s 2006 Murder Meter now reads 7 homicides so far in the new-year.

A woman serving a 40-year sentence for murder in the Arkansas Department of Correction is accused of using a romantic pen-pal relationship to trick an elderly Florida man into surrendering his life savings to her, her family members and a close friend. Donnietha Bradford, also known as Donnie Bradford, has pleaded innocent to charges of conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud.

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