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June 21st, 2013
LITTLE ROCK â€” 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 â€” there were 2,400 more people looking for work.
LITTLE ROCK â€” 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.
WASHINGTON â€” 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.
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.
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. â€” 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.
The Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District board will meet at 2 p.m. today at the Office of Emergency Management, 102 South Main St., Level B in Benton at 2:00 p.m. This is the board's regular monthly meeting and is open to the public. For more information, call the district office at 501.776.2533.
An accident at the 125-mile marker of Interstate 30 westbound had traffic at a standstill earlier today. Traffic was backed up to the county line 30 minutes ago.
Sources say traffic is starting to clear up, since the vehicle has been moved.
LITTLE ROCK â€” An Arkansas panel is reviewing the rules for enforcing a new state law that will require voters to show photo identification at the polls before they can cast a ballot.
The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday was scheduled to review the rules for enforcing the state's voter ID law, which takes effect next year. Poll workers are currently required to ask for identification, but voters can still cast a ballot if they don't show ID.
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) â€” The FBI saw enough merit in a reputed Mafia captain's tip to once again break out the digging equipment to search for the remains of former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa, last seen alive before a lunch meeting with two mobsters nearly 40 years ago.
Tony Zerilli told his lawyer that Hoffa was buried beneath a concrete slab in a barn in a field in suburban Detroit in 1975. The barn no longer exists, and a full day of digging Monday turned up no sign of Hoffa. Federal agents resumed the search Tuesday morning.
LITTLE ROCK â€” The National Weather Service says Arkansas will get a break from the summer heat this week.
Rain and thunderstorms are predicted for most of the state. Forecasters say northwest Arkansas should see rain beginning Monday morning, with the front moving to the central and southern parts of the state Monday afternoon and evening.
Forecasters say some isolated storms could be severe, but a widespread outbreak isn't expected. The strongest storms could bring heavy rainfall locally to some areas.