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October 28th, 2014

Election Day Forecast: Rain May Factor Into Turnout in Central U.S.

October 28, 2014

AccuWeather reports while rain could deter voter turnout on Election Day in part of the Central states and the Northwest, dry weather is in store in the East and the balance of the West.

Gubernatorial elections will be held on Nov. 4, 2014, in 36 states, along with elections for many other state and local government offices.

Unsettled Swath From Texas to Western New York

Rain is forecast to soak areas from Texas to the lower Great Lakes on Election Day.

Recycling bin issue draws small crowd at public meeting

October 28, 2014

The first of three public meetings to gather information regarding the future of recycling bins in Saline County took place Monday night. Thirteen people attended the meeting held at the Office of Emergency Management meeting in Benton. Of the 13, five were residents, two were waste haulers and the remaining six were members of the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors or employees of the district.

Man charged with raping 2 juveniles

October 28, 2014

A Benton man has been arrested for allegedly raping two juveniles at his residence Monday morning.

Manuel Portillo, 51, has been charged with three counts of rape.

One incident was reported shortly after midnight Monday.

During the investigation, officers reported finding evidence that the assaults had occurred and that another victim may have been involved, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

The two victims and Portillo were acquainted prior to the incident, Russell said.

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