Rogers City Attorney Ben Lipscomb couldn't get federal Judge Timothy Brooks to issue a preliminary injunction this morning to give him his elected duties back. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has details, but I think it's limited to subscribers. /more/
Sen. Mark Pryor, along with Republicans Sen. John Boozman, Rep. Steve Womack and Rep. Tim Griffin, were on hand today in Rogers to announce a $600,000 federal grant for the World Trade Center Arkansas, an affiliate of the University of Arkansas. The federal money will be used "to expand its outreach services to diversify and strengthen the state’s economy," according to the university. The funds were available via the Economic Development Administration, which Tom Cotton voted to abolish. /more/
A special prosecutor is set to investigate whether Rogers City Attorney Ben Lipscomb violated the law by allegedly trying to impersonate a Bentonville police officer to get special treatment at a concert at the amphitheater in Bentonville. /more/
Arkansas Business reports on the closure of Superior Industries automotive wheel factory in Rogers that will put 500 people out of work. The company still has a plant in Fayetteville, but recently opened a new facility to add to existing plants in Mexico. /more/
Layoffs at the Welspun pipe plant in Little Rock are a reminder of the folly of corporate welfare and the inability of Arkansas to separate itself from global economic forces. See the Fayetteville shale. And keep a watchful eye on that Sun Paper pulp mill proposed near Arkadelphia.
Melinda Gwin, 49, of Hamburg has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to repay $210,875 stolen from the First National Bank of Crossett. She was sentenced in El Dorado federal court, according to a Justice Department news release.
Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
Still more good news for Lucie's Place, the small Little Rock nonprofit that works to help homeless LGBT youths. It's added a $10,000 grant to $30,000 raised in a symbolic response to the Duggar family's support for discrimination against gay people in Fayetteville.