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June 29th

BREAKING NEWS: Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington arrested for public intoxication

June 30, 2013

BENTON -- On Saturday night around 7:55, officers from the Benton Police Department were dispatched to Denton’s Trotline after receiving a call that a “very intoxicated individual” was getting into a vehicle in the parking lot, according to a statement released just after midnight by Lt. Kevin Russell.

June 27th

WEATHER NOTICE: Heat on the increase

June 27, 2013

Special Weather Statement for Saline County:
Hot and humid conditions expected across a large portion of Arkansas today with afternoon high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s across the state and a moist air mass in place.

June 25th

Beagle-boxer-basset wins World's Ugliest Dog

June 25, 2013

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A huge-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound was the upset winner at the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

Walle (WAHL-ee), a 4-year-old mutt from Chico, Calif., who was entered at the last minute, was judged Friday as the most unsightly of 30 dogs at the Northern California competition.

"This dog looked like he's been photo-shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals," judge Brian Sobel said.

June 24th

NOTICE: Fidelity Communication service disruptions caused by upgrades

June 24, 2013

According to a recorded message at the phone number listed for Fidelity Communications in Benton, customers are experiencing a disruption of service due to upgrades in the system in the Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas coverage area. The outage is experienced by customers who "use their own modems." The message indicates a timeline for renewal of service has not been determined.

June 21st

Program gives Ark. dogs, prisoners a second chance

June 21, 2013

TUCKER — Arkansas has a number of dogs behind bars, but they're not in the pound.

They're part of a program called Paws in Prison that pairs pooches with prisoners for obedience training.

The program works with animal shelters and rescue groups across the state to set up training for the dogs, including some that were at risk of being euthanized. Convicts in six state prisons then teach the dogs to sit, stay and sometimes dramatically play dead — all before the pets are adopted by people across the country.

Arkansas unemployment rate rises slightly in May

June 21, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' unemployment rate rose slightly in May.

The state Department of Workforce Service reported Friday that the jobless rate increased from 7.2 percent in April to 7.3 percent in May. The department said that although there were 600 more jobs in the state in May — there were 2,400 more people looking for work.

June 20th

Ark. panel accepting comments on voter ID rules

June 20, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' law requiring voters to show photo identification faced questions Wednesday about who would resolve disputes when people don't look like their ID photos, as the state's top election panel began finalizing rules for its enforcement.

The state Board of Election Commissioners voted to begin accepting public comments on the new law, which is set to take effect next year. The panel is expected to hold a public hearing on the rules and give final approval to them on Aug. 21.

House rejects farm bill, 62 Republicans vote no

June 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — The House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.

Those cuts weren't deep enough for many Republicans who objected to the cost of the nearly $80 billion-a-year program, which has doubled in the past five years. The vote was 234-195 against the bill, with 62 Republicans voting against it.

Free family movie to be shown in Tyndall Park tonight

June 20, 2013

The Benton Parks and Recreation Department will be showing Looney Tunes and "The Lorax," today, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater at Tyndall Park.
Benton Parks and Recreation will present free family movies throughout the summer.
Concessions will be available.

June 19th

FBI ends Michigan search for Hoffa's remains

June 19, 2013

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Beneath a swimming pool, under a horse farm and now a weed-grown field north of Detroit: For at least the third time in a decade, FBI agents grabbed shovels and combed through dirt and mud in the search for Jimmy Hoffa's remains or clues to the disappearance of the former Teamsters boss.

Once again, the search was futile.

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