Forages often lack several minerals Needs increase dramatically in spring

February 17, 2010 Lush pastures will normally provide spring-calving herds with all the protein and energy  they need. What the forages often lack are minerals, according to the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas.Mineral needs increase dramatically in the spring, especially for females after calving. Cows and heifers need minerals to produce milk for their newborn calves.

Latest plan to cut farm subsidies dying on vine

February 17, 2010 MINNEAPOLIS  — If history and the political lineup are any guides, President Barack Obama’s latest effort to cut subsidies for wealthy farmers likely will fare no better than his first try — or his predecessor’s attempt.Congress twice overrode President George W. Bush’s veto of the 2008 Farm Bill. When Obama tried reforming the system last year, his proposal was dead on arrival on Capitol Hill, where farm state lawmakers largely control the agriculture committees.

Arrest made in death of mayor’s son

February 17, 2010 MALVERN (AP) — A man on parole from the state prison has been arrested for first-degree murder in the shooting death of the son of Malvern’s mayor.Assistant Police Chief William Ross says 23-year-old Timothy Allen Wells was arrested Tuesday for the Sunday morning death of 30-year-old Shane Northcutt. Northcutt was found dead about 4:30 a.m. Sunday a few blocks from his home.Ross declined to discuss a possible motive for the shooting or say what led police to consider Wells a suspect. Wells has not yet appeared in court and jailers say they don’t know if he has an attorney.

Saline JPs eye daytime curfew for students

February 17, 2010 BENTON (AP) — The Saline County Quorum Court is considering a daytime curfew in an effort to reduce truancy and juvenile crime.The court passed the proposal on first reading Tuesday and will vote on it again in March.The curfew would prohibit anyone under age 18 from being on the streets from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. when public schools are in session. County Judge Bobby McCallister says it’s based on a daytime curfew in Pine Bluff.

Fort Smith Museum of History celebrates 100 years

February 17, 2010 FORT SMITH — For 100 years, the Fort Smith Museum of History has been the time capsule for Fort Smith’s rich and colorful heritage. This cultural center celebrates its centennial this year beginning last week with a Mardi Gras fundraiser, which kicked off a 10-month series of events and exhibits.

Gidley heading Huckabee’s PAC

February 17, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party has been hired to run former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s political action committee.Huckabee’s PAC announced Tuesday that it had hired Hogan Gidley as its new director. Gidley was communications director for former Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s unsuccessful re-election bid in 2008.Huckabee, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, formed the PAC to help support candidates.

Verizon lists 3 Alltel buildings

February 17, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Verizon Wireless has put on the market three office buildings that used to be part of Alltel Corp.’s headquarters in Little Rock.Verizon bought Alltel in a $28.1 billion deal in 2008. At the time, Alltel had about 3,000 Arkansas employees, with most working at its main campus in the Riverdale area of Little Rock.Since the purchase, Verizon has laid off many former Alltel workers, taking away high-paying headquarters jobs that became redundant with the buyout.

Judge asks why juror was fired

February 17, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge in Little Rock is ordering a business owner in Benton to explain why an employee was fired after being called to jury duty.Andrew Bunten is to appear before U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson on Friday to explain the firing of Elizabeth Curtis of Alexander. Curtis worked as a cook at The Learning Center of Benton — which is a group of preschools owned and operated by Bunten.Bunten attorney Justin Minton says the firing just happened to coincide with other issues. He declined to elaborate.

Seizure of children upheld

February 17, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Court of Appeals says five members of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries who are challenging the state’s seizure of their children have a valid point on appeal — but should’ve raised the issue at trial.The parents say Circuit Judge Joe Griffin shouldn’t have granted the Department of Human Services’ request for a directed verdict before they could present their case. The judge made his decision, saying a full hearing had been held beforehand regarding the children’s siblings — who had been placed in DHS custody.

Palin opines GOP should get angry about taxes, debt

February 17, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Sarah Palin on Tuesday urged Republicans to get “riled up” about issues such as the deficit and taxes, accusing Washington lawmakers of losing touch with voters.The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee took aim at Democrats and President Barack Obama as she headlined a fundraiser for the Arkansas Republican Party.