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Road work

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to a roadway in Van Buren County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials.

The purpose of the project is to resurface 8.6 miles of Highway 16 from U.S. Highway 65 in Clinton to just west of Guy Lane near Crabtree.

Delta Asphalt of Arkansas of Paragould was awarded the contract at $1,053,075.89.

This project is being funded with revenue generated from the severance tax on natural gas.

Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. The project should be complete late this fall.

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Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Tuesday that Arkansas, other states and the federal government have reached a settlement with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. over claims that the drug manufacturer promoted the sale of the drug Rapamune for purposes not approved by the FDA.

Arkansas’s Medicaid program will receive a total of $166,713.92 as a result of the settlement.

Rapamune is a kidney transplant drug prescribed to prevent the body from rejecting a donor organ that has been transplanted. The states and federal government alleged that Wyeth knowingly promoted the sale and use of the drug for organ transplant patients other than those receiving transplanted kidneys.

Wyeth pleaded guilty to violations of the U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and agreed to pay the states and federal government a total of $491 million.

New deputy

The state Game and Fish Commission has named Jeff Crow, chief of the agency’s enforcement division, as the commission’s deputy director.

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