Lyon College named to service honor roll

March 2, 2010 Lyon College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Texarkana director criticizes noise citations as racially biased

March 2, 2010 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A member of the Texarkana city board says he’s concerned that the number of citations for noise violations is racially disproportionate.The comments by Director Laney Harris came Monday before the board voted 5-1 to raise the maximum fine for repeat offenders of the city’s noise ordinance from $500 to $1,000.Harris voted against the increase, saying it only brings more black youth into the legal system and that the city is just looking for a way to offset dwindling revenues.

Revenues come in above forecast

March 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas financial officials says the state’s revenues came in above expectations last month — but are below last year’s collections.The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said today the state’s net available revenues in February totaled $181.5 million. That’s $25.9 million below last year’s figures and $14.3 million above forecast.Deputy Director Tim Leathers said the revenues were higher than forecast mostly because the state handed out less in income tax refunds than expected.

Quake may have shortened days

March 2, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — Earth’s days may have gotten a little bit shorter since the massive earthquake in Chile, but don’t feel bad if you haven’t noticed.The difference would be only about one-millionth of a second.Richard Gross, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and colleagues calculated that Saturday’s quake shortened the day by 1.26 microseconds. A microsecond is one-millionth of a second.The length of a day is the time it takes for the planet to complete one rotation — 86,400 seconds or 24 hours.

Hazmat called to IRS building

March 2, 2010 OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Hazardous materials crews have been called to an Internal Revenue Service building in Ogden, Utah, after a suspicious substance was found.The FBI’s Salt Lake City division says it responded to a possible hazardous material threat at the building Monday morning.The FBI says parts of the building were evacuated. It says some people had medical emergencies but that they did not “appear to be related to this incident.”Video on the Web site of KSL-TV showed two people being taken out on stretchers.

States may ban employers from doing credit checks on new job applicants

March 2, 2010 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — It’s hard enough to find a job in this economy, and now some people are facing another hurdle: Potential employers are holding their credit histories against them.Sixty percent of employers recently surveyed by the Society for Human Resources Management said they run credit checks on at least some job applicants, compared with 42 percent in a somewhat similar survey in 2006.

States may ban employers from doing credit checks on new job applicants

March 2, 2010 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — It’s hard enough to find a job in this economy, and now some people are facing another hurdle: Potential employers are holding their credit histories against them.Sixty percent of employers recently surveyed by the Society for Human Resources Management said they run credit checks on at least some job applicants, compared with 42 percent in a somewhat similar survey in 2006.

5,200 bare all for photo shoot

March 2, 2010 SYDNEY (AP) — About 5,200 naked people embraced each other on the steps of Sydney’s iconic Opera House on Monday for a photo shoot by Spencer Tunick.Tunick, who is known for his nude group photos in public spaces, posed participants for more than an hour in a variety of positions.“It was difficult to get the straight participants to embrace the gay participants and vice versa,” Tunick said. “So I was very happy that that last set up finally got done and everyone came together (in a) united, friendly kiss, a loving kiss in front of this great structure.”

Buie named runner-up

March 2, 2010 RUSSELLVILLE — Freshman Lindsey Ahrens of Russellville was crowned Miss Tech 2010 on Friday night during the 55th annual Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant. Ahrens, daughter of Anita and Dwane Ahrens of Russellville, won the Nona Dirksmeyer Talent Award for her vocal performance of “Mercy Said No.” She also earned a share of first place in the CenturyLink Interview Competition.

Chamber singers to perform

March 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Kenyon College Chamber Singers will perform in Little Rock at 7 p.m. March 9 at Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St. in downtown Little Rock.This 50-voice a cappella choir from Ohio performed in Batesville in 2007, and now their spring tour comes through Arkansas again, according to a news release. The program will include sacred and secular music, Renaissance to modern, with a few more selections along the way. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (501) 375-2342 or (870) 307-9058.