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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Arkansas officials asked a federal judge Wednesday to keep the state's marriage ban in place, arguing the prohibition is constitutional and serves a legitimate purpose.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to reject the motion for summary judgment filed by two same-sex couples challenging the ban. The couples earlier this month asked Baker to rule immediately and find a 2004 constitutional amendment and any related laws barring gay marriage unconstitutional. The couples sued the state over the ban last year.
The Bryant Fire Department has added two firefighters, Brad Bush of Hot Springs and Jose Valdez of Bryant.
Bush said he chose to become a firefighter because he "wanted to help people without being a police officer like the rest of my family," he said.
He says he enjoys being involved with the community, fighting fires and responding to medical calls, he said.
"He is quiet and respectful and quickly learning," said Fire Chief J. P. Jordan. "He is built like a bull and just as strong."
Municipal filings for the November general election include the following candidates. The recent filing period opened at noon July 25 and closes at noon Aug. 15.
The candidates listed here also include those who previously filed for county positions before the preferential primary election, but will be included on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
(All races are nonpartisan.)
â€˘Mayor, David J. Mattingley, incumbent.
â€˘City Clerk, Cindy Stracener, incumbent.
â€˘City Attorney, Brent Houston, incumbent.
â€˘Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, no filings to date.