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August 22nd

Entergy phone scam hits Benton

August 22, 2013

Benton police officers are warning residents of a phone scam after witnessing it taking place.
Officers were informed that a businesses owner had received numerous phone calls from someone pretending to be with Entergy Arkansas. The caller said that the owner had not paid their bill, and it needed to pay it immediately, or it would be shut off.
While the officers were at the property, the person called again and officers spoke with him.
Officers caution residents about giving personal information if they receive a call similar to this.

August 21st

Wal-Mart eliminates entry fee for layaway program

August 21, 2013

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is getting rid of the $5 entry fee for customers wanting to open its interest-free, pay-over-time program for holiday gifts.

The move comes as the world's largest retailer is seeing that its low-income shoppers remain pinched in an uncertain economy.

The holiday layaway program is slated to kick off Sept. 13 and will last until Dec. 13. About 35,500 items will be available, 1,000 more than a year ago. At the same time, Wal-Mart is bringing back its $10 cancellation fee that was eliminated last year.

Ark. panel to take up rules for voter ID law

August 21, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — A state board is taking up the rules for enforcing a new Arkansas law that will require voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot.

The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday is scheduled to consider the rules for the voter ID law that legislators approved earlier this year. The law requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

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