Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wednesday summary

During an interview on the Pat Lynch Show, Congressman Marion Berry continued to raise questions about the Delta Regional Authority. Berry contends that the federal agency spends too much on salaries and that some of the grants have been found by federal auditors to be in appropriate. Earlier, Berry had complained about DRA’s slowness in providing information and stated he would favor zero funding.

State Court of Appeals Judge Wendell Griffen on Tuesday asked a Pulaski County judge to throw out a petition seeking to force him to testify in a misconduct case filed against him. He argues the petition contains an error, and suggests it demonstrates the panel hearing the case is biased against him.

Republican presidential candidate and Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee said Tuesday that he will skip a Baptist conference organized by Jimmy Carter after the former president called the Bush administration the “worst in history” in international relations.

Anne Woods Patterson, a Fort Smith native and veteran diplomat who heads the State Department's anti-drug programs was nominated by President Bush on Tuesday as the new U.S. ambassador to Pakistan.

New construction permit values were $76 million lower in April than in the same month last year among the five largest Northwest Arkansas cities, as some builders and bankers hit their brakes.

A Benton County justice of the peace suggests the county dissolve its coroner's office and create a new department, in part because of drug charges the county's current coroner faces.

One person is dead and three others are injured as the result of a shooting Tuesday afternoon in a busy part of North Little Rock. The investigation shut down Main Street for several hours. Someone closely connected to the store where it happened tells FOX 16 this wasn't an attempted robbery and those who were injured were the robbers.

An Arkansas man wanted on child rape charges is locked up in Alabama Wayne Poland was wanted for his alleged involvement in the rape of two minor children in Arkadelphia.

A 16-year-old Maumelle Middle School student is accused of raping another student. The alleged incident happened two weeks ago on campus. The suspect will be charged as an adult, but is a juvenile, therefore his identity is not being released.

The Arkansas prison system has moved Jay Campbell, the convicted former Lonoke police chief, to custody in Missouri to help protect him from other inmates.

A tip from somewhere on the east coast led 125 officers from various agencies, including the Arkansas State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation, to a secluded indoor stadium located in Crawford County. Approximately 62 individuals who were allegedly participating in an elaborate cock fighting and gambling operation were arrested in weekend raids.

Police arrested a 17-year-old male student at Conway High School-West last week on suspicion of felony firearm possession. Authorities found a loaded .22-caliber rifle in the back seat of the vehicle. The student said he had taken the gun fishing and forgotten to take it out of the truck.

The University of Central Arkansas will begin offering community development consulting for cities June 1 through its new Strategic Growth Institute.

Donald R. Sampson, the city’s head of community development, told the Pine Bluff City Council Monday that the city is moving to determine what steps the municipality can take to help develop a downtown entertainment district.

Tests for antibiotics in catfish imported from Asia have come back negative, the state Department of Health and Human Services says

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