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June groundbreaking planned for Osceola steel mill

OSCEOLA, Ark. (AP) - Groundbreaking on a planned $1.1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas is expected to take place in late June.

Big River Steel CEO John Correnti tells the Blytheville Courier News that he expects to finalize financing in mid-June with a groundbreaking to occur later that month. Construction on the project had been stalled after Nucor Steel challenged Big River's air-quality permit, saying the plant didn't fulfill state and federal anti-pollution requirements

Last month, an administrative law judge rejected Nucor's challenge.

The steel mill is expected to employ 2,000 people during construction and have about 600 permanent employees.


Clinton sought GOP support for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bill Clinton's advisers estimated in 1993 that they would need at least 8 moderate Republicans in the Senate and more than 15 moderate Republicans in the House to pass their ill-fated health care reform bill.

Newly released documents from the Clinton White House show how the president's team tried to build support for health care reform.

A strategy memo says the plan would require support from enough conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans without alienating too many liberal Democrats.

It identifies several lawmakers as "swing votes," including current House members like Democrats Charles Rangel of New York and Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Republican Fred Upton of Michigan.

Clinton's plan never cleared a House committee.

The National Archives released about 7,500 pages of documents from Clinton's administration on Friday.


Northern Ark. hospital opens new women's clinic

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - A northern Arkansas hospital says it will open a new women's clinic to fill the gap in coverage for prenatal and post-delivery care in Paragould.

Starting Monday, a new women's clinic in Arkansas Methodist Medical Center will be open for patients. Hospital spokeswoman Shay Willis said Friday that the hospital had been exploring opening its own women's clinic over the past week.

Doctor Paul Becton, whose private practice is housed in the hospital's office building, faces felony charges of video voyeurism after police allegedly found several nude images of a woman on his cellphone. Officials with the Greene County Health Unit say Becton had been the only doctor in Greene County practicing in obstetrics and gynecology.


Patient seeks monetary damages against Ark. doctor

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - A 23-year-old Arkansas woman, who authorities say a Paragould doctor snapped nude photos of during a gynecology examination, has filed a lawsuit against the medical practitioner.

The civil complaint filed on Thursday seeks monetary damages against 68-year-old Dr. Paul Becton, who already faces felony charges of video voyeurism. State police say investigators found numerous images of nude women, including the plaintiff, on Becton's cellphone.

The complaint also alleges outrageous conduct and medical malpractice by Becton. He was arrested earlier this week at a Newport motel, but released on Thursday evening after posting bond. His bail was set at $500,000 in court.

Prosecuting attorney Scott Ellington says Becton paid his bond through a commercial bonding company and had surrendered his passport to authorities.

Becton's attorney didn't return calls seeking comment Friday.


Whole Foods recalls croissants over undeclared egg

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen.

The recalled item is sold with a Whole Foods market scale label reading "mini butter croissants" in six-pack plastic containers with a "Best by" date of April 21st through April 23rd. It also has a uniform product code of 2 28719-00499-1 on the scale label.

A company statement says the issue arose after one illness was reported. That's the only illness reported so far, but persons with an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume the pastry.

Austin-based Whole Foods Markets' Southwest Region distributed the pastry to 26 While Foods Market stores in the regions four states.

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