Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Tuesday summary

Fueled by increased individual income-tax collections, Arkansas’ general revenue increased in May by $30 million over the same month a year ago.

State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced certification of a proposed constitutional amendment that would lengthen the terms of county officials from two years to four years.

City advertising and promotion commissioners must live within the city limits of the communities they represent, state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in an opinion released Monday. The attorney general also opined that Act 913 of 1997, which changed state law to allow some commissioners to live within the county in which the city they represent is located, is constitutionally suspect.

Mike Huckabee says if he is elected president he will make the United States "energy independent" from foreign oil in 10 years. Huckabee admits the ambitious plan may seem far-fetched, but he compared it to President John F. Kennedy's challenge in 1961 for the nation to place a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

Home sales in Arkansas fell 7.7 percent in April compared with April 2006, the Arkansas Realtors Association reports. Yet the average price of a home increased 3.2 percent.

Tyson Foods denies that it sent an unauthorized beef shipment to South Korea that prompted a new suspension of U.S. beef shipments. After discovering an undocumented 51-ton beef shipment, Korea now says it will discontinue issuing quarantine certificates to U.S. beef companies.

The sharing of water lines and threats of mandatory conservation are now memories in Bentonville and Rogers. Bentonville switched water lines and began using its new 13.8-mile, 48-inch water line at 10 a.m. Monday.

A judge dismissed a lawsuit alleging that University of Arkansas Chancellor John White failed to properly investigate a disparaging e-mail sent to former quarterback Mitch Mustain by a booster.

Former Pulaski County Comptroller Ron Quillin is facing criminal charges of stealing $42,000 from the County. He is charged with 16 felony counts of theft of property, two felony counts of forgery and one count of abuse of office, a misdemeanor. On April 30, he left the county to work as chief financial officer for the Medical Services Division with the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services.

A Craighead County man fatally shot his mother and his half-brother’s girlfriend Sunday afternoon before taking his own life, a sheriff’s office investigator said. The shootings occurred a few hours after the trio had visited the half-brother at the county jail.

A 19-year-old corrections officer stabbed five times while escorting a murderer from an isolation cell to the showers at the Cummins Unit is expected to recover. Kelvin Barnes, a murderer with a long history of prison violence, was beint taken from his cell to the shower when the attack occurred.

The first new construction in nearly 25 years is completed at the Pine Bluff Municipal Airport, and the ribbon cutting for the new hangar at Grider Field will take place Thursday at 5:15 p.m.

Well, I know he has about as much chance of being elected president as a ham and cheese casserole has of being eaten at a Bar Mitzvah, but Mike's national sales tax idea and now this energy independence hope (???) sure sound good to me. But as you say, Pat, "There you go again, thinking logically."
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