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December 11th

Man arrested on 4th DWI charge

December 11, 2014

A Jonesboro man was arrested Wednesday night and charged with his fourth driving while intoxicated charge after allegedly traveling the wrong way on the north Interstate 30 service road under the South Street overpass.

Andrew Powell, 46, also was charged with tampering with an ignition interlock device, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

After his arrest, officers reported finding an open and cold 16-ounce can of beer on the rear floorboard.

December 10th

Arkansas AG urged to not appeal gay-marriage case

December 10, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general is being urged to not appeal a federal judge's decision striking down bans against gay marriage in the state.

A spokesman for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says no decision has been made.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( ) that a petition urging McDaniel to not appeal was delivered Wednesday by plaintiffs in a state case challenging the gay marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker last month struck down the prohibitions on same-sex marriage but put the ruling on hold pending a state appeal.

December 9th

Government: Gas to average $2.60 next year

December 9, 2014

The Energy Department has again slashed its prediction for next year's average price of gasoline across the U.S., this time to $2.60 a gallon.

That's 23 percent below the projected average for this year and the lowest since 2009.

If that comes to pass, the price drop will save U.S. drivers $100 billion over the course of the year.

In its most recent short-term energy outlook, released Tuesday, the Energy Department cut its gasoline price forecast for 2015 by 35 cents a gallon. It was the second cut of more than 30 cents a gallon in two months.

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