Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Tuesday summary

Golfer John Daly scratched his own face last week to cover up his sexual assault of his wife and then falsely reported that she attacked him with a knife, Sherrie Daly states in court papers filed Monday. No criminal charges were filed, but John Daly is seeking a protective order and refiled an earlier petition for divorce. Sherrie Daly has filed for a restraining order, exclusive use and possession of the Southwind home, temporary custody of their child and continued financial support.

The death of a White County toddler in a dishwasher has been ruled an accident. However, police say a charge of endangering the welfare of a minor could be filed over the May 30 death of 18-month-old Clifton Kurck.

Two Searcy men arrested in separate weekend shootings were scheduled for initial court appearances at 1:15 p.m. today in Searcy District Court, according to Prosecuting Attorney Chris Raff.

Dr. James “Kurt” Dilday, a 1998 candidate for lieutenant governor accused of charging the Arkansas Medicaid program for procedures he didn’t perform, pleaded guilty instead to a misdemeanor charge of failure to maintain and supply medical records. He agreed to pay $20,000 and will serve no jail time. In 2004, Dilday’s medical practice, Biological Psychiatry Associates P.A., pleaded no contest to 30 counts of insurance fraud.

Arkansas' two senators voted to move forward with a resolution of no confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who they have repeatedly called on to resign because of last year's U.S. attorney firings. The effort for a no-confidence resolution stalled 53-38 on a procedural vote to limit debate. Sixty votes were needed to proceed.

The state Board of Education placed Imboden Area Charter School on probation, stopping proceedings to revoke the school’s charter. At the same meeting in Little Rock, the state board renewed the charter of Haas Hall Academy in Farmington.

Arkansans have 30 days to let the state Department of Education know what they think about proposed changes to rules requiring the measurement of students' body mass and mandating physical activity in schools.

Companies regulated by federal statute do not deserve special protection from lawsuits filed in state court, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving two women’s efforts to sue a cigarette manufacturer in Pulaski County.

A defense contractor that helped pollute and then led the cleanup of an industrial site in East Camden can sue the government to help recoup its costs, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

Plans to construct a new 100-room hotel in Jonesboro will move a step closer today when the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission considers a rezoning proposal.

As congressional debate on farm policy gathers momentum, the names of more than 33,000 people who have benefited from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop-subsidy programs in Arkansas were to be released today at 11 a.m. CDT by an environmental research and advocacy group. Apparently, they will not include the name of every human being in Arkansas which consumes food.

The Eureka City Council will ask voters' permission to borrow more money to complete an over budget sewage treatment plant. The special election to refinance existing bonds will be held August 14.

New rules for how many cars can be parked in front of a house got a nod from the Fayetteville Planning Commission. Under the proposal, no more than 40 percent of a front yard can be used for parking.

The Arkansas Baseball Foundation wants to raise enough money to keep Ray Winder Field as a baseball stadium.

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