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July 19th

Ruling sought in Arkansas abortion ban lawsuit

July 19, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Attorneys for two Little Rock abortion providers are asking a federal judge to strike down a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed their request for summary judgment on Friday.

They're also asking U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright to issue a permanent injunction that prevents the law from being enforced. Wright already granted a temporary injunction while the lawsuit is pending.

Settlement reached in marijuana machine suit

July 19, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a company that makes medical marijuana dispensing machines against a conservative Arkansas group after both sides reached a settlement.

U.S. District Judge James Moody on Wednesday dismissed the lawsuit that Medicine Dispensing Systems Inc. filed against the Family Council Action Committee and its president, citing the settlement.

Indiana Jones Adventure set for today at library

July 19, 2013

An Indiana-Jones-themed party will wrap up the summer reading program at Herzfeld Library in Benton today.
The event is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include games, snacks and prizes. It is open to all ages.
Call 501-778-4766 for more information.

Red Cross blood drive happening today

July 19, 2013

The Boswell Library in Bryant is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive today, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Call 501-847-2166 for more information.

Predicted rain might not cool down weather

July 19, 2013

Although rain is predicted for this weekend, it won't likely cool temperatures down much, according to the National Weather Service.
In fact, Saline is one of 45 counties the NWS is warning will experience uncomfortable high temperatures from now at least until Tuesday.
High temperatures combined with a humid air mass will push the heat index up to about 100 degrees each afternoon, according to the NWS.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms also are expected through the period.

July 18th

Award-winning author to present at library tonight

July 18, 2013

Peter Brown, an award-winning children's author and illustrator, will present a program for ages 18 and up held at 6 p.m. at Herzfeld Library. Brown will discuss the creative process, the publishing industry, and tips on how to best pursue publication.
The programs are free and open to the public. Call 501-778-4766 or 501-847-2166 for more information.

Drug czar: Treat addiction as public health issue

July 18, 2013

LITTLE ROCK— The director of the nation's drug policy office says treatment and education are the most effective tools to combat drug abuse.
Drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske said Thursday in Little Rock that law enforcement is also part of the equation but said addressing addiction as a public health issue is the main focus of his mission.
Kerlikowske told about 700 people gathered for a state conference on prescription drug abuse that abuse rates nationally are showing some improvement.

NOTICE: Saline Courier production delayed today

July 18, 2013

Due to an issue with the printing press, Saline Courier delivery has been delayed 2-3 hours today.
The paper should be on newsstands by about 3 p.m., and home delivery might be as late as 6 p.m. for some areas.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

July 17th

Benton police arrest second burglary suspect in two days

July 17, 2013

Benton police have arrested two burglary suspects this week.
Officers on Tuesday afternoon responded to Dogwood Lakes Apartments on report of a residential burglary, where several items had been stolen.
Evidence gathered at the scene implicated suspect Dustin Hines, 23, who was located and arrested a short time later.
Hines is charged with residential burglary, theft of property, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing government operations.
Additionally, he has an active warrant out of Faulkner County for probation revocation.

July 16th

Baptist Health to lay off 170 across company

July 16, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Baptist Health says it will lay off 170 workers across its network in Arkansas.

The hospital organization said Tuesday the layoffs will mainly affect workers who aren't nurses.

Arkansas Business reports the job cuts are expected to be completed by the end of the week.

Baptist Health has 73,000 workers and hospitals in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Arkadelphia, Heber Springs and Stuttgart.

Spokesman Mark Lowman says the cuts will not affect quality of care. He also says the layoffs are in line with job reductions made by other hospitals.

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