Friday, November 10, 2006
Rockin' Friday summary
The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday gave conditional approval to an Arkansas proposal to alter the state’s system of measuring school and student progress on the yearly Benchmark Exams.
The director of the Little Rock School District office that is responsible for getting the district into compliance with federal court desegregation orders says top-level administrators are undermining the work of her office and putting the School Board in jeopardy of violating court directives. The board will receive the results of an independent investigation at its’ next meeting.
The greyhound racetrack in West Memphis sports a new look, a new name and a new set of toys - more than 900 electronic gambling machines that patrons began playing Thursday evening.
Four northwest Arkansas counties report problems counting votes. In Benton County, new election results changed the outcomes in several races, including one Quorum Court race, seven aldermen contests and a city clerk election. Carroll, Newton and Johnson Counties experienced delays in getting results.
A convicted murderer who claims he killed his family on the orders of his former Boy Scout leader will be granted a clemency hearing, perhaps as early as January. Heath Stocks testified at the rape trial of former Boy Scout leader Charles “Jack” Walls III that Walls started sexually assaulting him when he was 10, and the abuse continued up until he killed his family.
Gov. Mike Huckabee has granted Keith Richards, famed lead guitarist for the Rolling Stones, a pardon for a 1975 reckless driving conviction in Fordyce, the governor’s office said Thursday.
Wal-Mart heir John Walton improperly installed equipment on his experimental aircraft, causing his fatal crash in 2005, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled in a report released Oct. 31.
Pine Bluff city officials must determine the legal impact of a living wage measure approved by voters Tuesday, Assistant City Attorney Joe Childers told the Pine Bluff Commercial. Mayor Carl Redus Jr. says he would try to find the best way to implement the living wage issue with a minimum of impact on the city’s budget.
Two Jackson, Mississippi City Council members are among the defense witnesses subpoenaed for Jackson Mayor Frank Melton's trials starting Tuesday. Melton will stand trial first on a felony charge that he violated state law by bringing a gun onto the campus of the Mississippi College School of Law.
Wal-Mart hopes to avoid the so-called “war on Christmas” during this year’s heaviest shopping season. The company intends to make widespread use of “Christmas,” rather than broader terms such as “holiday” or “season’s greetings,” in its television advertising and in-store displays.
Arkansas has the lowest recurring industrial costs among 12 southeastern states, according to a report from a prominent site-selection firm. That’s the most important monetary factor for businesses looking for a superproject site, observers say.