Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tuesday summary

Arkansas is among a group of states that don't think the Internet should be a tax-free haven for online shoppers. Since 2001, Arkansas has worked with several states in a project to streamline tax codes so vendors can tax online and mail-purchases when the retailer is located outside the buyer's home state.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox will not stop the Little Rock School District from buying out the contract of Superintendent Roy Brooks. In two rulings issued Monday Fox declined to order a preliminary injunction to stop the payments, and issued a summary judgment for the school board and the district.

Three Texas men remain hospitalized, one in critical condition, after a fight Sunday between rival motorcycle clubs in Eureka Springs, where the Hells Angels met last week. Police arrested six men, including five who are Hells Angels. All are being held in the Carroll County Jail awaiting bond hearings, each on a charge of first-degree battery.

The small White County town of Garner is the new headquarters for a motorcycle club which is somehow affiliated with the Bandidos, a violent group known for its involvement in organized crime, especially the selling of methamphetamine. Local interest in the presence of Bandidos in White County began earlier in the spring when a building at 102 South Main Street was acquired by a motorcycle club.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ hasn't had a problem with motorcycle clubs or gangs because event organizers and a strong police presence discourage them from attending, Fayetteville officials said Monday.

Axciom has released the salaries of top executives. Charles Morgan, the Little Rock-based data broker’s chief executive, received $1,151,210 for the year. The total includes Morgan’s bonus, salary and other compensation. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette also includes the estimated value of stock options and awards granted for the year in its calculation. Frank Cotroneo, who resigned as chief financial officer in February after nine months, received $1,000,851, including the severance payment.

Tyson Foods Inc. exceeded analysts’ expectations Monday when it announced $111 million in net earnings for its third fiscal quarter, the best results for the meat company in two years.

The Bankers Bank of Georgia, the nation’s largest institution that supplies services to banks, is doing business with about 15 Arkansas banks and expects to open an office in the state eventually, one of its officers said Monday. »

A missing 3-year-old boy is safe after being found in a deer stand in Pearcy following a three-hour search by authorities and emergency personnel Monday morning. Connor Williams, wearing only a T-shirt and underwear, reportedly was abandoned in the tree stand in a thickly wooded area off Whitfield Road by his mother, Dianna Farmer who was arrested Monday on a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree.

Sherwood residents go to the polls today to fill the mayor’s office after an election earlier this month narrowed the race to interim Mayor Bill Harmon and City Clerk Virginia Hillman.

Jonesboro police have backed out of an offer to reimburse 18 traffic tickets issued by police officers conducting an operation to trap motorists into violating Arkansas’ new law requiring drivers to move to an inside land when police are on the shoulder. Attorneys are promising to fight the tickets.

Ex-American Idol Corey Clark, who claimed to have had an affair with show co-host Paula Abdul, is in the North Little Rock jail after being arrested early Monday on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Clark has outstanding warrants from Arizona for aggravated harassment and interference with judicial proceedings. He awaits extradition.

A dispatcher with the Hughes Police Department is facing charges of theft of property after her arrest Friday. According to a report from the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Department, Stephanie Fuller, 37, of Hughes, was arrested and charged with theft of property under $500.

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