Friday, March 31, 2006
Leaders in the state Senate say they have reached a compromise on changes to Arkansas’ system of funding public education and that the proposed legislation will have the support of state lawmakers. The governor is expected to call a special session to begin Monday this afternoon.
Lieutenant Governor Win Paul Rockefeller is reportedly optimistic after receiving his second bone marrow transplant at a Seattle hospital Wednesday.
The Russellville Courier reports that, more than 100 days after the discovery of Nona Dirksmeyer's body in her apartment, authorities remain tight-lipped about facts of the investigation and the identity of the lone suspect. Evidence continues to be processed at the State Crime Lab, the FBI and the State Police.
An 18-year-old Michigan prison escapee was charged Thursday in Washington County with felony second-degree battery and fleeing in connection with allegedly pepper-spraying a Springdale police officer.
A grand jury has been selected to determine is criminal charges should be filed against a state trooper who shot a mentally disabled Springdale man.
The medium security state prison at Calico Rock has experienced two riots between inmates in the past two weeks. Extra personnel are on duty to deal with the disturbances which appear to be racially motivated. 30 inmates have been transferred to Tucker Max and three were injured. No details were released until questions were raised by the Democrat-Gazette.
The New York Times has details on Wal Mart’s latest job openings. One position includes "opposition research," presumably into Wal-Mart's major critics: Wal-Mart Watch and Wake Up Wal-Mart. The other requires the ability to "mobilize resources" during a "crisis situation "
ASU President Les Wyatt is quoted in the Jonesboro Sun saying that the Jonesboro school is “dragging its’ feet” on the mascot issue. ASU is one of 18 schools informed last August that its Native American imagery was considered “hostile and abusive” and could suffer penalties if it did not consider changes. A recent alumni publication prominently features images of the ivory billed woodpecker. A change of mascot could cost upwards of $250,000.
Linda Calliouette reports in today’s Paper Trails in the Democrat-Gazette about an unnamed suspected pet trapper in Little Rock’s affluent Hillsboro neighborhood. It is reported that somebody is trapping domestic animals, especially cats.
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