Government wants airlines to repay fee after losing bag

April 14, 2011 NEW YORK (AP) — You’ve already paid $15, $20, even $35 to check your bag on a flight. Then the airline loses it. You don’t even get your money back.The government wants to change that, tackling two of the biggest complaints about the air travel industry — poor service and the explosion of fees — at once. Major airlines, which collect $3.3 billion in bag fees each year, are opposed.

FAA suspends sleeping controllers, adds more staff

April 14, 2011 RENO, Nev. (AP) — A napping air traffic controller who forced a medical flight to land unaided in Nevada brought swift reaction from the Federal Aviation Administration, which on Wednesday added a second overnight controller at 26 airports and a radar facility. The move came after several other recent incidents of controllers sleeping during their shifts.The controller at Reno-Tahoe International Airport was out of communication for about 16 minutes when the aircraft carrying at least three people was landing about 2 a.m. Wednesday, the FAA said. No injuries were reported.

The Weekend Events

April 14, 2011 Friday• 7th annual Mark Martin Fan Appreciation Days, tickets given out at 8 a.m., Mark Martin Ford Mercury dealership, Southside. Live Sirius Radio 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with 1980 Daytona 500 Champion Buddy Baker and Rick Benjamin; Baker will sign autographs starting at 2:30.

Moms of Military to meet

April 14, 2011 The Moms of the Military (MOMS) Prayer and Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church.The meeting is open to all women with family serving in any branch of the military. The group meets the third Monday evening of each month to share experiences, military information and ideas, and to support one another. Child care will be available. For information call Debbie Webb at (870) 251-2100 or the church at 251-1918. The church is located at 1003 Batesville Blvd.

Harding Spring Sing celebrates 38th show

April 14, 2011 SEARCY — The 38th annual Spring Sing at Harding University will celebrate matters of the home and heart with its 2011 production “Welcome Home,” running April 21-23 in the Benson Auditorium on campus.Tickets are on sale now in the Benson lobby, and online ticket sales are available at than 1,000 students will collaborate in this year’s annual music variety show under the themes of home, heart, heroes, Harding and heaven.

Cemetery clean-ups scheduled

April 14, 2011 CHARLOTTE — Center Grove Cemetery will have a clean-up day Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.The cemetery is about two miles east of Charlotte on Center Grove Road.Those attending are asked to bring tools, said Orville Arms.A rain date has been scheduled for April 23.Caney Springs CemeterySAGE — The cemetery working at Caney Springs Cemetery, located on Highway 289 in Sage, will be at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Hamburger meal to be served

April 14, 2011 Oak Bluff Community Center is hosting a hamburger meal on Saturday. Lunch will be served at noon and donations will be accepted.The community center is located on Oak Bluff Road, off Highway 25 between Batesville and Charlotte.

Yale student killed when lab machine snags hair

April 14, 2011 NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Yale University student nearing graduation was killed inside a school chemistry lab when her hair was pulled into a piece of machine-shop equipment.Michele Dufault, a senior majoring in physics and astronomy, died Tuesday night after her hair became caught in a fast-spinning lathe, university President Richard Levin said. Her body was found by other students who had been working in the building, he said.

Man charged with 4 cold-case ‘double initial’ killings

April 14, 2011 SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — A strange coincidence? Or a glimpse into the twisted mind of a serial killer?Four California women who investigators believe were murdered by the same man all had alliterative names: Carmen Colon, Roxene Roggasch, Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya.The suspect, a 77-year-old petty thief and freelance photographer, was arrested this week, and now detectives are looking deeper into the deaths and whether the man had anything to do with New York’s “Double Initial Murders” — the killings in the early 1970s of three girls.

Little time between call, fatal river plunge

April 14, 2011 NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Angela Gilliam called the police at 7:43 p.m. Tuesday. She was worried about her niece’s well-being and said there was a domestic tussle going on at the younger woman’s apartment in this hardscrabble city on New York’s Hudson River.Police headed to the apartment but by the time they got there, it was empty.