Monday, February 06, 2006
Jerry Dingman, commander of the Special Investigations Unit of the Arkansas State Police, says that state and federal charges will likely be filed as the result of a recently completed investigation of corruption in the Marmaduke School District. Last year, the superintendent unexpectedly retired and the elementary school principal was fired.
The number of Arkansas college and university students who require remedial course work last fall is the lowest in more than a decade, but still more than half of first-time students were placed in the catch-up classes.
Con-Agra is selling its’ plants in Ozark, Huntsville, and Jonesboro as part of a nationwide corporate restructuring which will take the Omaha, Nebraska based company out of the refrigerated meats business. The sale includes the Butterball, Eckrich and Armour brands.
Gov. Mike Huckabee led the nation's governors Friday in protesting federal Department of Defense consideration of forced reductions in the Army and Air National Guard.
Federal wildlife officials say they won't relocate Florida panthers to Arkansas without public support and Arkansas wildlife officials have said the panther wouldn't be welcome.
A former employee of Anderson’s Discount Pharmacy in Fort Smith is accused of bilking more than $400,000 from the company during the last four years. Patsy Ann Norton, the store’s former office manager, was arrested on suspicion of theft by deception.
The Pine Bluff Arsenal and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program will be conducting an exercise Wednesday to simulate an emergency scenario involving chemical weapons at the arsenal.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff continued to have the highest remedial rate in English, math and reading.
Of the school’s 719 tested freshmen, 83.2 percent were placed in remedial math, 72 percent in remedial English and 69.7 percent in remedial reading.
Still, the university, which has a predominately black enrollment, has managed to decrease its number of students in every remedial subject over the past two years. Its remedial math rate has decreased by nearly 4 percent.
UAPB Chancellor Lawrence Davis Jr. said his campus has a long history of offering intensive programs to help unprepared students catch up. It’s a reputation that’s hard to shake, he said.
“A lot of people have the connotation that we are doing over something that has been done,” he said. “We are doing things for our students that have never been done for them. It will get better as time goes on.”
The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, whose freshman class has the state’s highest entering average ACT score — 25.4 — enrolled the smallest share of students in remedial subjects.
At that campus, 2,725 students were tested and 9.6 percent had to take remedial math, 4.4 percent took remedial English and 4 percent took remedial reading.
Kudos! Today's column was prepared from your best recipe:2 cups sarcasm;1cup satire and 1 cup misguided opinion. Though I firmly believe religion is one of mankind's silliest inventions, I'm pleased the zealots among us have okayed euthanasia in the sad lingering death of "The Book of Daniel". At least you finally admitted the script was "cumbersome"---it was painfully inept; almost as pitiful as the acting!
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