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June 20th, 2013

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.

Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District board to meet today

June 19, 2013

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.

Accident affects traffic on Interstate 30

June 19, 2013

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.

Ark. panel reviewing rules on Voter ID law

June 19, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — 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.

June 18th

AP: Reputed Mafioso tip triggers new Hoffa body search

June 18, 2013

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — 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.

June 17th

Weather service predicts rainy week for Arkansas

June 17, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — 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.

June 15th

Library to host Big Movers storytime party

June 15, 2013

The Big Movers Construction storytime party is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Boswell Library in Bryant and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20 at Herzfeld Library in Benton. Children are invited to listen to construction themed stories and enjoy games, snacks, and crafts. No registration required. Call 501-778-4766 for more information.
This event is one of many that make up the Summer Reading program.

2014 Senate Democrats firm up health care support

June 15, 2013

ATLANTA — Far from reversing course, Senate Democrats who backed President Barack Obama's health care law and now face re-election in GOP-leaning states are firming up their support for the overhaul even as Republican criticism intensifies.

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