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    Beebe picks new head for Ark. livestock commission

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe has tapped a fifth-generation cattle rancher to head the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission.

    The governor's office announced Thursday that Beebe had named 46-year-old Preston Scroggin of Vilonia as director of the livestock commission.

    Beebe also picked 56-year-old Ricky Belk of Alma to lead the Arkansas Labor Department.

    Scroggin will take over the commission after the previous director, Steve Bryles, died in December. Belk replaces James Salkeld, who retired earlier this month.

    The governor also appointed Shelia Vaught of Little Rock to the University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees.

    Beebe reappointed Ron Rhodes of Cherokee Village to the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees and Leigh Whiteside of Russellville to the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees.

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