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January 9th, 2015

Breaking News: Human remains identified

January 9, 2015

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office has identified the human remains that were recovered Wednesday on Woody Green Road in Sardis.

The remains are those of Robert Stifler, 57, of Mabelvale who was reported missing in July of 2014, said Lt. Scott Courtney, Saline County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

A medical examiner with the Arkansas State Crime Lab has ruled the death a suicide by hanging.

Officers were first notified by a resident of the remains that were located approximately 200 feet from the road in a secluded area, he said.

Pennington case continued to March 6

January 9, 2015

Former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington was scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing this week, but his trial was continued. Pennington is now set to appear at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 6.

Bill James of Little Rock, who is serving as Pennington’s counsel, has filed two motions to suppress information during Pennington’s trial.

According to the motions, James claims on May 16, 2014 members of the Arkansas State Police “illegally detained the defendant and conducted a search and seizure of the defendant and his property.”

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January 9, 2015

Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

January 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce.

The initiative's price tag has yet to be revealed, and it faces a Republican Congress averse to big new spending programs. Obama was promoting the idea in a visit Friday to Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, and in a video message posted to Facebook Thursday evening.

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