Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Tuesday summary

The Federal Election Commission is poised to open an investigation into the endorsement of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee by the Homeschool Legal Defense Association Political Action Committee, after email traffic and other materials from the group’s tax exempt entity were passed to the Commission by several rival campaigns.

While disrupting an apparent prostitution-turned-theft operation, North Little Rock police arrested a convicted murderer who was granted clemency by former Gov. Mike Huckabee. Wade Stewart was arrested after police found a .38-caliber revolver tucked into his waistband.

Vehicles entering the state’s largest airport will be subject to inspections beginning today as a response to the attempted car bombings in England and Scotland.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a $12 million budget for the Delta Regional Authority. Delta activist and former state legislator, Kevin Smith, strongly urged the Democratic congress to fund the DRA at its’ original authorization of $30 million. Smith made his remarks on the Pat Lynch Show.

A member of a counterculture group gathering by the thousands in the woods of Newton County has sued the U.S. Forest Service over a permit requirement the group has been bucking for years.

The FBI is trying to figure out how multiple burglars crashed through a Van Buren bank early Sunday and hoisted away the bank’s massive safe with a stolen forklift. A large hole was discovered in the rear wall of First Community Bank.

The opening salvos of a legal battle pitting Alltel Corp. against investors opposed to its proposed $26.3 billion buyout by two private equity groups will be heard Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

The Bryant Street Department will close the right lane of the Interstate 30 westbound service road, from Capital Equipment to North Prickett Road from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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