Ark. Gov. Beebe announces intent to pardon 7
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant seven pardons.
Beebe's office said Tuesday that each of the seven have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences.
The seven are Sarah Frazier of Floral; Orvil Germany of Hector; Walter Henschel of Maumelle; Shawn Lawrence of Russellville; Donnie Maier of De Witt; Terrill White of Alexander; and Patricia Williams of Searcy.
Frazer; Henschel; and White were convicted of drug-related crimes. Williams of theft, forgery and hot check violations; Germany of forgery; and Lawrence and Maier of theft.
There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public comment on the pardons before final action is taken.
Pryor asks that Cotton seek to extend session
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor wants his Republican rival in next year's election to ask that the U.S. House work next week on a farm bill.
Pryor, the only Democrat in Arkansas' congressional delegation, is seeking a third term. Freshman Rep. Tom Cotton is challenging him.
Pryor said Tuesday that Cotton's Republican colleagues back a new farm bill and he says Cotton should too. Pryor says the lack of a farm bill is hurting Arkansans and that milk prices could soon jump sharply.
The House is scheduled to adjourn Friday so members can go home for the holidays. The Senate plans to work next week.
Cotton spokesman David Ray said Pryor should work to change the federal health care law.
WINTER STORM-RECOVERY DELAY
Northern Arkansas still socked in by wintery storm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Roads remain icy across northern Arkansas, where many schools are still closed.
State highway officials acknowledged Tuesday that crews were unable to clear many roads in the region and that they hope to do a better job during future storms.
Freezing rain, sleet and snow pelted most of the state starting Thursday night, and schools in central Arkansas didn't reopen until Tuesday. In northwest Arkansas, school districts in Fayetteville, Rogers and elsewhere announced their closures will last through at least Wednesday.
Rogers Towing owner Tony Arnold says he's pulled a tremendous number of cars out of ditches since the storm began. He said roads were refreezing at sunset Tuesday and that the roads were becoming treacherous again.
Delta Authority provides $175,000 to ed. program
MARIANNA, Ark. (AP) - The Delta Regional Authority has announced it will provide $175,000 to the STRIVE vocational education program in eastern Arkansas.
Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced the investment Tuesday with state and local officials in Marianna.
STRIVE - or Special Training in Remedial Instruction and Vocational Education - will provide students ages 14-19 from nine public school districts in Lee, Monroe, Phillips, and St. Francis counties with a career and technical skills development program. The program will be offered in partnership with East Arkansas Community College and Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute.
Course offerings will include specialized training in construction trades, cosmetology, computer technology, culinary arts, welding, medical professions, and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning field.
LAKE BODY-MISSISSIPPI COUNTY
Woman's body found in car pulled from NE Ark. lake
MANILA, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say a woman's body was found in a car that was pulled from a lake in Mississippi County.
The body was recovered Tuesday and identified as that of 60-year-old Linda Jackson of Manila.
Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook told Jonesboro television station KAIT that the car was submerged in the Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Cook says the vehicle went in the water around Brights Landing. A caller to the sheriff's department at about 9:30 a.m. reported seeing the roof of a white car sticking out of the water.
Gov. Beebe plans addresses in central Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe has two speeches planned in central Arkansas.
The governor's office says Beebe will speak at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting in North Little Rock.
Beebe is to follow by taking part in the CARTI Cancer Center Groundbreaking Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. in Little Rock.
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