Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tuesday summary

Despite University of Arkansas contentions that only 5% of Hog fans are disenchanted with head coach Houston Nutt, a survey of 600 random fans shows 15% to be “very dissatisfied.” The survey was commissioned by Roger Wooley of Pinson, Ala. The University has lost its’ offensive coordinator, several star players, and Athletic Director Frank Broyles was forced to retire in the wake of these events and an abusive email sent by a booster to a student-athlete.

Arkansas State University’s athletic teams will have a new mascot and a new nickname when they take the field in the fall of 2008.

Between 20,000 and 30,000 people are expected to flock to Little Rock this week for the annual American Taekwondo Association World Championships. The ATA officially kicked off the annual week long celebration at the Statehouse Convention Center. It's the largest convention in the Little Rock area this year.

The company whose genetically engineered rice is at the center of an ongoing government investigation - and has disrupted U.S. rice exports - has been quietly testing another transgenic variety in Arkansas. This spring, Bayer Crop-Science planted four 0.2-acre plots near Proctor, Newport, Stuttgart and Tillar, according to the state Plant Board. Greg Yielding, executive director of the Arkansas Rice Growers Association, says that his group requested information from the board under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

A group of black farmers in Jefferson County says the USDA has discriminated against them. The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association held a sit-in protest at the USDA office in Pine Bluff. The group didn't talk about specific local incidents, but says there's discrimination nationally and here in Arkansas.

Rep. Denny Sumpter of West Memphis is drafting a ballot initiative to create a $25 million-a-year state-subsidized hospital trauma case network, which is something that failed during this year’s legislative session.

The man who crashed a stolen car into another vehicle last Thursday, killing two, will face two counts of first-degree murder once he’s released from the hospital. Jonathan Moore was driving a gold 1995 Lincoln Continental Thursday night when he was pursued by a Little Rock police officer who recognized that the vehicle was stolen.

A Fouke man is still missing after making a leap Saturday into the Red River from the Two Rivers Bridge on Arkansas 160. The man’s friends and family say the jump was a stunt and not an attempt to take his own life. Jody Cook was last seen about 7 p.m. when, without remark, he hopped over the south side of the Two Rivers Bridge, about 100 feet above the water.

Excessive water flows on the Arkansas River have forced postponement of the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, tournament officials announced Monday. Billed as the nation's largest amateur big bass tournament, the three-day event originally scheduled for Friday through Sunday has been rescheduled for July 13-15, officials said.

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