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WALDRON â€” Forecasters warned that large hail and more tornadoes could strafe parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri on Friday, a day after powerful storms and floods killed at least three people in the storm-weary region.
Up to a dozen tornadoes touched down in mostly rural parts of Arkansas on Thursday, as well as one in Illinois and three in Oklahoma.
UPDATES: The Associated Press is reporting that heavy winds caused a tree to topple onto a car in Tull, about 30 miles southwest of Little Rock, late Thursday, killing the driver, the Grant County Sheriff's Office said.
Also, an Arkansas news station is reporting Scott County Sheriff has been found dead http://5newsonline.com/2013/05/31/scott-county-sheriff-found-dead-after-...
WALDRON â€” Arkansas State Police say there are "confirmed fatalities" in western Arkansas where a county sheriff and game warden went missing in floodwaters overnight.
The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a flood warning for the Saline River at Benton from late Friday night through Sunday morning or until the warning is canceled.
At 9:30 p.m. Thursday, the stage was 3.9 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. Flood stage is 18.0 feet.
The river is expected to rise to near flood stage early Saturday morning. Flooding of low lying pastures along the west bank is expected.
UPDATE: The tornado warning has been extended to 9 p.m.
There is a tornado warning in effect in Saline County until 8:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
According to The Weather Channel, a tornado warning issued earlier today for Saline County is lifted, but there is still a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:15 p.m.
Saline County is under a tornado watch until 9 p.m.
A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for residents of the city of Shannon Hills living in the area located west of Otter Creek to Vimy Ridge Road.
A water main break at the corner of Clayton and Donnie drives is the reason for the boil order, according to David Passmore, public works manager.
As a precaution, all affected customers â€” an estimated 350 â€” are advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption, Passmore said. Water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes should be boiled briskly for one minute.
The National Weather Service calls for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today in Saline County, with wind gusts as high as 25 mph.
Forecasts of rainfall and thunderstorms continue tonight and throughout the weekend, with the NWS calling for possible severe storms on Saturday night.
The Saline Courier is sponsoring a 2014 Pet Calendar contest, beginning Monday, as a fundraiser for its Newspapers in Education program. The top-12 vote-getters will be featured in our 2014 Pet Calendar.
The contest entry period runs through June 10. Entry fee is $5 per pet. Entries will be featured in the pages of the Courier throughout the voting period, with updated voting totals.
The 2014 calendar will feature the 12 pets who gain the most votes. Each pet will be professionally photographed for the calendar. The calendars will be available by Thanksgiving and will cost $2 each.
SAN FRANCISCO â€” Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81.6 million after pleading guilty on Tuesday to criminal charges of improperly disposing of fertilizer, pesticides and other hazardous products that were pulled from stores in California and Missouri because of damaged packaging and other problems.
The retail giant entered the plea in federal court in San Francisco to misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act and another environmental law regulating pesticides. The fine also settled Environmental Protection Agency allegations.
Benton police announced on Wednesday it is no longer searching for the missing person whom the department last week solicited help from the public to find.
It was previously reported that Richard Gilliam, 61, had not been seen or heard from for several days.
He is now back with his family, said Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the Benton Police Department. There is no reason to suspect foul play, according to the department.
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