ARKANSAS MEDICAID-SEX OFFENDER
Judge order ends Medicaid lawsuit by Ark. doctor
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has formally dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Arkansas doctor convicted of possessing child pornography who had been treating Medicaid patients.
The judge on Monday gave Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker permission to file the lawsuit again.
Parker and the state last week announced an end to the lawsuit. He had challenged a state law that blocked him from collecting payments for working with patients covered by Medicaid.
Parker received the child pornography images in 1997 and maintained he had not solicited them and was innocent. His medical license was restored in 2005. Legislators this year banned Medicaid payments to registered sex offenders after learning Parker had collected nearly a half-million dollars.
The court order ending the case did not give a reason for why the lawsuit ended.
Judge to hear arguments in Ark. execution lawsuit
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A judge will hear oral arguments next month in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' new lethal injection law.
Court records show that arguments are scheduled for Jan. 17 in Little Rock.
Nine death row inmates are suing the state over an execution law that legislators enacted this year. That new law came about after the state Supreme Court struck down the previous one in 2012, saying legislators had ceded too much control over execution procedures to correction officials.
The inmates say the new law still gives too much power to the state's Department of Correction.
The state wants a judge to uphold the law.
Arkansas had 37 inmates on death row, but one was recently granted a new trial. No executions are scheduled.
Arkansas police ID man who died after police chase
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police have identified a man believed to have killed himself after leading troopers on a car chase.
State police said Monday that 44-year-old Lindsey Scott Carter of Paint Rock, Ala., died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday in western Arkansas. Authorities say a state trooper spotted a car matching one wanted in an Alabama homicide case and pulled it over.
Troopers say the woman driving fled on foot and a man in the car got behind the wheel and drove away.
Another trooper spotted the car about 1 p.m. and after a short chase the driver stopped. The trooper then found the Carter dead inside the vehicle.
3 hurt in East Texas Wal-Mart hatchet attack
MARSHALL, Texas (AP) - Three people have been hurt in a hatchet attack at a Wal-Mart in East Texas and police arrested a transient on assault charges.
Marshall police say Christopher Hamilton of Crawford, Ark., allegedly had the hatchet with him when entering the store. Two female workers and a male shopper were attacked early Sunday.
Authorities are trying to determine a motive. Police don't believe Hamilton knows the victims.
A Wal-Mart spokeswoman says one worker was treated and released while the other should soon be discharged from a hospital. The customer was slightly hurt trying to help the workers and he didn't seek medical help.
Hamilton was being held Monday on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with bond set at $225,000.
ARKANSAS-NUCLEAR PLANT FIRE
Fire contained at Arkansas nuclear plant
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Entergy Arkansas says a fire has been contained at its nuclear plant in Russellville.
The utility says the transformer fire broke out Monday morning in a non-nuclear area of Arkansas Nuclear One. Entergy says no injuries were reported and there are no threats to public safety.
Entergy says one of the plant's reactors is offline but that a second reactor remains operational.
Arkansas Nuclear One supplies 1,823 megawatts of power, which is the equivalent to about 30 percent of the total energy demand of Arkansas.
Deadly crossing at Ashdown subject of discussion
ASHDOWN, Ark. (AP) - Representatives from Ashdown and the Kansas City Southern railroad say that after the death of a motorist they need to discuss again whether to close any of five crossings in the city.
Bobbie Calloway died Nov. 23 when a train struck her car. Hers was the fourth death at an Ashdown crossing since 2009.
Mayor Carroll McLarty put a train-crossing discussion on Monday's city council agenda. The railroad has proposed closing two crossings and upgrading the three remaining crossings with flashers and gates. Council members have said, "No."
McLarty told the Texarkana Gazette residents want all crossings to remain open. Police Capt. Mark Ardwin said slowing trains down could help, as some drivers aren't paying attention. He also said some people try to beat the trains through the crossings.
WINTER STORM-LITTLE ROCK TRASH
Crews to resume trash collection in LR after storm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Crews in Little Rock are resuming trash and recycling collections after a wintry storm hit the city with sleet and ice.
Crews are beginning with Friday collection routes that they couldn't get to last week.
The city is asking people to put their garbage and recycling containers out for normal collections schedules.
But Assistant Director of Public Works Ronnie Loe says some people may see up to a day delay in service.
DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY
Delta authority to announce investment in E. Ark.
MARIANNA, Ark. (AP) - The Delta Regional Authority is scheduled to announce plans to renovate a former elementary school in eastern Arkansas to help teenagers prepare for jobs.
The authority says a former elementary will be renovated so it can be used by the STRIVE Institute of Technology. The STRIVE program will provide students aged 14-19 from Lee, Monroe, Phillips, and St. Francis counties with a development program and summer work and internship opportunities in the region.
The announcement is planned for Tuesday at the Lee County School District in Marianna.
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