Monday, May 07, 2007

Monday summary

Gov. Mike Beebe says Arkansas cannot afford to "put all our eggs in one basket" when seeking to attract new businesses. Beebe says it is not enough to promote just one site when trying to lure a large employer to the state.

A federal judge will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. today on whether Little Rock School Board President Katherine Mitchell and her board colleague Mike Daugherty should be barred from participating in any efforts to suspend Superintendent Roy Brooks. The superintendent late Saturday afternoon also sued the School District and the entire School Board in federal court to stop a hearing set for Monday night on whether he should be suspended.

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Ahmad Carroll, who played at Arkansas, was arrested in Atlanta early Saturday on gun and drugs charges. Carroll, 23, was released on bond after a morning court appearance.

Two homicides on opposite ends of Jefferson County in less than 24 hours kept sheriff’s deputies and investigators busy Saturday, including one slaying that occurred in the middle of U.S. 425 south of Pine Bluff late Saturday afternoon.

Washington County is seeking the death penalty for Abon Tili, who is accused of raping and killing a 10-year-old Springdale girl left in his care. If successful, Tili could be the first person from Washington County to be executed for murder since 1920.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has distributed 2,720 travel trailers and mobile homes to Arkansas and other states since mid-March. Some 3,000 others have gone to federal agencies such as the Border Patrol or U.S. Forest Service.

Mike Wilson of Jacksonville, a former state lawmaker who sued the state in 2005 over legislative appropriations for local projects, says he does not see a problem with appropriations passed during this year's session, provided state agencies distribute the money fairly.

Federal officials have placed a hold on 20 million chickens raised for market in several states because their feed was mixed with pet food containing an industrial chemical.

Panhandlers may soon face a city fine, if a proposed ban on begging in the city streets is approved. The Rogers City Council will consider the ban Tuesday. The proposal prohibits soliciting drivers in the city for money or other charitable contributions, and city fundraisers are excluded from the ban.

The combined value of residential and commercial building permits by Springdale increased from 2001 through 2005, only to fall sharply starting in the fall of 2006.

Workers will begin laying foundations today for the first two buildings in a hotel owner’s condominium project in Eureka Springs on a little more than 11 acres adjacent to his Crescent Hotel.

Southwestern Electric Power Company has awarded a $700 million engineering, procurement and construction contract as part of its plans to build a new $1.3 billion, 600-megawatt coal-fueled power plant in Fulton. The contract went to The Shaw Group of Baton Rouge, La.

Tuition is going up at the University of Central Arkansas by what UCA President Lu Hardin called "a very modest" 2.2 percent.

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