Friday, June 01, 2007

Friday summary

Former White House hatchet man for political operative Karl Rove, Tim Griffin, is leaving the office of federal prosecutor for eastern Arkansas today. Griffin received his “interim” appointment as part of a Justice Department “purge” which has been under congressional investigation. Griffin has steadfastly refused to submit himself to the ordinary confirmation process.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has declared the state's system of public school financing constitutional, bringing to a close the long-running Lake View school funding case.

Hino Motors Ltd. will invest $70 million to add equipment to its 400,000-square-foot Marion plant. The equipment will be used to build a new line of axles for Toyota Motor Corp., Hino’s parent. Hino will begin producing the new axles in October and expects to build 40,000 by the end of the year.

The Clarksville School Board will spend $1.8 million in local funds for three upcoming district projects. Bids were accepted for the projects, which include additions to the primary school, renovations to the gymnasium, and installation of security cameras in district buses.

The Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission’s proposed rule to cap the fee charged by for filling out paperwork for sales of new vehicles at $129 cleared a legislative committee Thursday.

Outdoor advertisers in Arkansas will be allowed to dot the landscape with electronic billboards under a new regulation approved by legislative panel.

An investigation into the death of an 18-monthold boy is continuing. He may have been fatally scalded after crawling into an empty dishwasher - set on high heat - at his home in the White County town of Romance. A 13-year-old brother reportedly discovered the toddler.

A man called “Stump” for his bowling-ball build shot and killed his cousin during an argument inside the south Little Rock business that employed them both. Andrew Ryan Wilson fired multiple shots from a handgun into his cousin’s head and torso. It was Little Rock’s 17th homicide this year.

Aaron Arzola-Almeida pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run accident that left a Springdale girl dead. Washington County Circuit Judge William Storey sentenced Arzola-Almeida to six years at the Arkansas Department of Correction with four years suspended.

The investigation into the recent theft of more than $5 million in pharmaceuticals has drawn in a federal task force after the truck was found in Mississippi. The 1997 Freightliner was reported stolen from the Truckstops of America at the Earle exit off of Interstate 40.

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