Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tuesday summary

Roy Jordan reportedly showed no emotion while in court on five counts of negligent homicide in connection with an automobile collision near Pine Bluff. Chief Deputy Prosecutor, Kyle Hunter says it looks like drug use played a role in the crash. And confirms that Jordan, a truck driver from Mississippi, admitted to using crack cocaine six hours before the crash.

A faction of Little Rock taxpayers is joining the federal desegregation lawsuit. They say intervention is necessary to protect the district from a settlement the board approved last week by a vote of 4-3, along racial lines. The board disregarded the advice of its own legal counsel in voting to approve Walker’s request that the district negotiate an agreement. The taxpayer plaintiffs say Walker’s proposal contains “numerous conditions and arrangements that echo the court-supervised remedial burdens on the District that were the last remnants of the desegregation case.”

Presidential hopeful and former senator John Edwards made a stop at the New Zion Community Center on his highly publicized "Poverty Tour" to hear first-hand from those living life at or below the poverty level. Former state representative Arnell Willis said, "In the past, we have not had anyone on the national level focus on poverty. He'll highlight the needs of this region. If he becomes president, he can do something for the Delta."

A Republican state senator reports raising a record amount of money in the first month in fundraising for his 2008 re-election campaign, thanks in part to support from two prominent Senate Democrats. Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway reported June contributions of $154,075, which he said set a record for the most money raised in one month by any candidate for the Arkansas Senate.

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter raised more than $340,000 in the last quarter as he reduced his 2006 campaign debt from $1.05 million to $736,059, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel reported raising more than $247,000 in the last quarter, in which he said he paid off his campaign debt of $225,698.

Acxiom Corp. received no buyout offers better than the $3 billion cash and debt proposal from ValueAct Capital Partners and Silver Lake during the agreed upon 60-day "go shop" period. The 60-day period that Acxiom had to solicit and entertain superior offers ended Monday at 12:01 a.m.

The Arkansas Health Department has recorded the state's first heat-related death of the year. The department says the person who died was middle-aged and lived in central Arkansas. The agency did not identify the person or say when the death occurred.

A high school math teacher of the Rose Bud School District has been arrested for having sex with a minor. Kenneth Barrow, a veteran of the Iraq war, has been charged with with sexual solicitation of a child and sexual assault in the second degree. Kenneth Barrow is alleged to have had contact with a 16 year-old girl since he returned from Iraq in November.

A 2-year-old girl drowned at her parents’ home in Manila after she apparently fell into a swimming pool. Arianna Marcus was pronounced dead after she was taken to a hospital in Blytheville.

The safe that burglars recently stole from a Van Buren bank by driving a forklift through a wall was found off old Highway 68 near Siloam Springs in Benton County over the weekend.

Former President Bill Clinton will narrate a UA spot during a series of televisionads on SEC student athletes.

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