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(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan and his Chief of Staff Jim Harris have agreed to mediation in a defamation lawsuit filed by a fired treasurer’s office employee.
Attorneys for former outreach manager David Singer and attorney general’s office attorneys representing Milligan and Harris said Tuesday that they had reached an agreement for mediation late Monday night. Milligan was not present during a hearing in Pulaski County Circuit Court Tuesday because of unspecified medical issues.
Reached by phone, Harris declined to comment on the mediation.
Lucien Gillham, an attorney for Singer, says he hopes the mediation will alleviate damage to Singer’s reputation.
The lawsuit filed late last month alleges that Harris published false statements about Singer’s mental health to co-workers and others. Milligan was added to the lawsuit last week.
(Jefferson City) (AP) – A time capsule laid in the cornerstone of the Missouri Capitol has been removed in preparation for a ceremony marking its 100th anniversary.
State workers wearing plastic gloves lifted the copper box out of a wall on the southeast corner of the Capitol on Tuesday. The time capsule then was taken to the state health laboratory for safekeeping until an archivist can review its contents.
Items placed in the box in 1915 include a Bible, a copy of the constitutional amendment authorizing construction of the Capitol, newspapers and photos of a previous Capitol that burned.
Gov. Jay Nixon plans to unveil the time capsule’s contents – and dedicate a new one – during a July 3 ceremony. He is soliciting ideas about what to put in the new box.
(West Plains) – The West Plains High School class of 1950 celebrated its 65th year reunion on Saturday, May 2nd at the West Plains Civic Center, and made a memorial contribution to the West Plains Education Foundation.
A check for over $800 was given to the district, which will help fund the West Plains Reads community literacy program. The program works to help children in the West Plains and surrounding rural school districts learn how to read, and is also available to community children ages birth through 5-years-old.
For more information about West Plains Reads or the West Plains Education Foundation, please contact Lana Snodgras at 417-256-6150 or visit www.zizzers.org/foundation.
(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs Planning & Zoning committee will hold a public meeting this evening.
The meeting will take place at 6 PM at Willow Springs City Hall, 900 W. Main.
City officials say the meeting will be held to discuss a request submitted to re-zone the Church of Christ, 2850 Bolerjack Dr., from “R-2” to “R-3”.
by Claudia Lauer, AP
(Little Rock) (AP) – The number of abortions performed annually in Arkansas has increased for the first time in almost a decade.
Numbers released by the Arkansas Department of Health last week show an increase of 541 abortions to 4,273 performed in Arkansas last year. The numbers had been falling since 2007.
Abortion opponents say the increase came after the number of women from Tennessee seeking abortions in Arkansas more than doubled and the number from Mississippi almost doubled.
Even with the 2014 increase, the number of abortions in Arkansas has dropped by 5.7 percent since 2010. A national analysis of state records by The Associated Press shows most states saw a decline in abortions since 2010, the year before many state legislatures started enacting additional restrictions on the procedure.
(West Plains) – Electric crews in West Plains are busy replacing utility poles, according to city clerk Mallory Hawkins, who says crews will be on Mitchell and Harlin this week:
She added that the city has completed their TIGER grant application for a railroad overpass:
The overpass project on Independence Ave. is estimated to cost $7.5 million. The city is requesting $5.7 million in grant funding from the US Department of Transportation.
City officials say the overpass would help alleviate traffic and allow emergency responders to get around the city easier in emergency situations.
(Little Rock) (AP) – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network has refunded donations from Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan and his Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Brady.
Ray Carson, the cancer group’s Associate Director of Media Advocacy for the South Region, says the group had received the checks last week and notified both men that they would be refunded. Carson says there is an ongoing investigation as of Monday into allegations that Brady, a former action network employee, worked on Milligan’s campaign for state treasurer using his email address at the nonprofit.
In April, Milligan suspended Brady with pay for three days during an internal investigation at the treasurer’s office that found “no wrongdoing.” Milligan declined to comment on the refund or the amount of the donation, which he says was from private funds.
(Van Buren) – Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be hosting the Ozark Heritage Day event at Big Spring on Saturday, June 13, from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Organizers say the Ozark Depression Homestead at Big Spring will come alive with high stepping cloggers, bluegrass music, storytelling and Ozark folkway demonstrations during this free event.
Scheduled events include a variety of demonstrations, including wool spinning, pottery, woodworking, chair caning, quilting, fiddle making, blacksmithing, and lye soap. Attendees can also learn some traditional Ozark dance moves by joining in on clogging demonstrations by the Fireside Cloggers. Live music will be provided by Buzzard Run, and food will be available for purchase from a local vendor.
Big Spring is located four miles south of Van Buren, Missouri, on State Route 103. For more information, call 573-323-4236, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/ozar.
(Jefferson City) – The Missouri Department of Conservation is urging area residents to be “bear aware” this spring and summer. Brett Stevens has more:
(Houston) – The Texas County Food Pantry doesn’t just help people with food needs, but also with job hunting and resume building, according to pantry executive director Benny Cook:
Again, that number is 417-967-4484.