Scouts to learn about life during Depression, WWII

March 3, 2010 Area Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are invited to Old Independence Regional Museum’s second annual Scouting Out Arkansas History program to learn how the region was affected by the Great Depression and what it was like on the Arkansas home front during World War II, said volunteer coordinator Amanda Nikkel.The event will be from 9 a.m. until noon April 3. Registration begins at 8:30. The cost is $5 per participant and space is limited to 50 Scouts. Pre-registration is required by March 24.

Census count gets under way

March 3, 2010 It’s time to be counted — the 2010 Census is about to get under way.Gary Underwood, partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau office in Little Rock, said questionnaires are starting to be delivered to post offices, which will then distribute them to citizens. People should start seeing them in their mailboxes “any time.”And for those areas that don’t have “regular addresses,” such as rural areas, Census workers will begin hanging bags on people’s doors, and those people may fill out the forms and send them back.

AHEC donates use of manikin

March 2, 2010 An $80,000 computerized manikin that can simulate human illnesses and conditions has been donated to the White River Medical Center in Batesville by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Area Health Education Center North Central.Called the SimMan 3G, the state-of-the-art simulation manikin is a valuable teaching tool for the hospital’s clinical staff, as well as nursing students at WRMC, said registered nurse Janie Evans, clinical education coordinator at WRMC.

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.