Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tuesday summary

Carol Dipert, the mother of slain Russellville beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer, has told the Russellville Courier she is considering a wrongful death lawsuit. Kevin Jones was recently acquitted of that killing.

Legislators and county officials have a mixed reaction to the possibility that Gov. Mike Beebe may call a special session to address a flaw in the state minimum marriage age law.

The Arkansas Parole Board rejected convicted murderer Terrick Terrell Nooner’s request for clemency, 32 days before he is scheduled to die by lethal injection.

Sen. Hillary Clinton says she will return to Arkansas during her 2008 presidential campaign and vowed to put Arkansas "back in the winning column" for Democrats. "I need your help and your support. We're going to win Arkansas and take back our country," Clinton said to cheers from a friendly crowd at Gloria Jean's Coffee on Dickson Street in Fayetteville.

Hearings that could decide the fate of Southwestern Electric Power Co.’s proposed $1.4 billion coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County are underway with the utility seeking limits on some environmental testimony. SWEPCO attorney Stephen Cuffman asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission to restrict how far plant opponents can go in arguing air quality issues under review by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

More than 1,040 homes in Arkansas were in some stage of foreclosure in July, the 17th highest rate of foreclosures in the country, a California real estate company reports. Arkansas’ July foreclosures were up 48 percent compared with July last year but down 15.4 percent from June. Nevada had the country’s highest foreclosure rate for the seventh month in a row.

Bald Knob School District Superintendent Wayne Fawcett could not confirm a rumor that the Arkansas Department of Education will take over Bald Knob Public Schools on Wednesday during a late Monday afternoon interview with Searcy’s Daily Citizen. Patrons of District filled the bleachers of their high school gymnasium Monday, eager to hear plans to raise $2 million in hopes of saving their district from a potential merger with a neighboring district.

When Mayor Ray Baker calls the Fort Smith Board of Directors meeting to order Tuesday, it will be 40 years ago to the day since the board met for the first time.

The Fort Smith Board of Directors will consider an ordinance making English the official language of the city of Fort Smith today. The ordinance was placed on the board’s meeting agenda at the request of Ward 4 Director Bill Maddox.

The West Nile virus is being blamed for a person's death in Arkansas, the State Department of Health said Monday.

Emergency workers assembling in the Little Rock area in case Hurricane Dean struck the Texas coast have been sent home, officials with the American Red Cross report.

A former insurance agent has been sentenced to 20 years with 10 years suspended for stealing from an elderly woman, the state insurance commissioner announced Monday. John Phillip Middleton of Van Buren pleaded guilty to five counts of theft of property, a class B felony, and was ordered to pay more than $138,000 in restitution to a woman in her mid-70s, from whom he took money for investment in his personal business ventures.

A Fort Smith man accused of negligent homicide is suspected of driving drunk and causing a crash that resulted in the death of his passenger. Kenneth Miesen was arrested at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center after crashing his Mercury Tracer into parked cars. The crash killed passenger Thomas McAlister, also a Fort Smith resident.

A teenager has been arrested on animal cruelty charges, accused of stabbing a cow and trying to run over a herd of cattle, authorities said. The youth, who was not identified because of his age, faces charges of first-degree cruelty to animals and first-degree criminal mischief, Pleasant Plains Marshal Matt Thomas said.

The fourth season for the growing Little Rock Touchdown Club begins Monday with former University of Miami coach Larry Coker as the speaker, club president David Bazzel announced Monday.

Carol Dipert didn't know her baby girl was being sexually molested by her own father - how does she know who murdered her daughter? I say let that DNA show the man who last had sex with this child. Everyone was shocked that she had so many lovers. Something abused children go do in later life. She has really got to get a grip on what is real and not real. Unless she was standing there - she does not know who murdered her child.
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