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December 5th

I-30 bridge maintenance sees lane closures in Saline County

December 5, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Bridge maintenance will require lane closures on Interstate 30 in Saline County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials.

Crews will be working on the bridge over Interstate 30 at mile marker 106, between Benton and Malvern. The work will require closing the eastbound and westbound inside lanes between mile markers 104 and 108.

The westbound inside lane closure will be Monday, Dec. 8, between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Arkansas panel OKs pre-abortion ultrasound

December 5, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A divided Arkansas medical panel has voted to require doctors to perform an ultrasound test on a patient before carrying out an abortion.

The Arkansas State Medical Board voted 7-6 Thursday to implement parts of a state law, which also requires doctors to tell a woman the likelihood of a fetus surviving if carried to term.

The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act initially banned most abortions 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

Dawn of Orion: NASA launch opens new era

December 5, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's new Orion spacecraft circled the planet Friday on a high-stakes test flight meant to usher in a new era of human exploration leading ultimately to Mars.

The unmanned journey began with a sunrise liftoff witnessed by thousands of NASA guests. Parts of the spacecraft peeled away exactly as planned, falling back toward Earth as onboard cameras provided stunning views of our blue, cloud-covered planet.

December 4th

Two people arrested on drug charges

December 4, 2014

A Benton man and woman were arrested on Lillian Street for allegedly being in possession of crack cocaine.

Louis Payne, 58, and Lillie Hill, 57, were arrested in connection with the incident. While serving a search warrant, officers allegedly found 6.2 grams of crack cocaine and items used to package and sell it, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

They were also charged for the home being within 1,000 feet of a church.

For the complete story, see Friday’s issue of The Saline Courier.

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