Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Wednesday summary

The war in Iraq has claimed the life of another Arkansas soldier. The department of defense says Sergeant Bradley Marshall of Little Rock died from indirect enemy fire while supporting operation Iraqi freedom.

An attorney for Stephens Media represented The Morning News before a judge Tuesday, asking that hearings and motions filed in a road rage murder case be open to the public. Benton County Senior Circuit Judge Tom Keith previously ordered that all motions filed in the case be sealed. The judge has also allowed attorneys to meet privately in his chambers -- and gather at his bench where the public can't hear conversations.

Sandra Hochstetter, a member of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, will join the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. as vice president of strategic affairs in “a month or so.” But she recused herself from a high-profile hearing set to begin Thursday on Southwest Electric Power Co.’s proposed $1.4 billion coal-fired plant in Hempstead County. Governor Mike Beebe named former Supreme Court Justice David Newbern of Little Rock as a special member of the Arkansas Public Service Commission for the case.

Federal farm legislation now moving through Congress could be the last version in which farmers have a major say, according to U.S. Rep. John Boozman. H.R. 2419 passed the House on July 27. Boozman said he supported the bill until the tax on foreign-owned businesses was added.

Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday named former state legislator Brenda Gullett of Fayetteville to the state Board of Education.

The Arkansas State Police has turned over its investigative file to special prosecutors on the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy by a West Memphis police officer. The FBI is also investigating.

A Rogers police dog trainer was bitten on the arm Tuesday by a fellow officer's dog during obedience training. Cpl. Joe Warren was participating in routine training when Cpl. David Crawford's dog, Bo, bit his right arm.

The state Board of Finance will seek a 4.75 percent interest rate from banks for $150 million in state funds to be invested through the board in six-month certificates of deposit.

RED Development Inc will put in a nine-screen theater, including one IMAX screen, at the new The Promenade at Chenal, the first IMAX to play feature films in Arkansas. The Chenal Parkway 9 will have wall-to-wall screens, high-rise stadium seating, rocker chairs and digital surround sound. It will show mostly mainstream and some educational films on its 66-footby 85-foot IMAX screen with 3-D capacity.

Pine Bluff Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. closed City Hall at noon Monday because of an air conditioner system malfunction. Two City Council committee meetings and the regular council meeting scheduled for Monday evening were postponed.

A Shreveport hospital management company will take over operations at the Randolph County Medical Center within 14 days, keeping the 52-year-old hospital open after threats of its closure earlier this spring.

Court TV’s series Psychic Detectives features the 1981 Ron Orsini murder investigation in an episode airing tonight titled “While You Were Sleeping.” Orsini’s wife, Mary Lee, dubbed “the Black Widow,” was eventually sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Former President Clinton told a Little Rock audience Tuesday evening that people spend too much time obsessing about their differences instead of celebrating how much they have in common.

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