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July 17th, 2014

Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

July 17, 2014

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft is cutting up to 18,000 jobs, about 14 percent of its staff, over the next year as it works to cut down on management layers and integrate the Nokia devices business it bought in April.

The news sent Microsoft's stock up 3 percent in premarket trading.

Although the job cuts had been expected, the extent of them was a surprise. It's the boldest move by CEO Satya Nadella since he took the reins from Steve Ballmer in February. In a public email to employees Thursday, he said the changes were needed for the company to "become more agile and move faster."

Arkansas police chief on trial for excessive force

July 17, 2014

HARRISON — A trial started this week for the chief of the Bull Shoals Police Department, who is accused of using excessive force against a suspect.

Police Chief Daniel Sutterfield is charged with depriving Nicholas Dore of his rights and attempting to cover up the incident by ordering fellow Bull Shoals officer David Chatman to write a false report. Prosecutors said Sutterfield, 35, kicked and beat Dore with a shotgun and threw him into a fireplace during an arrest last July, according to the Baxter Bulletin.

Benton assault cases rise in first half of 2014

July 17, 2014

The Benton Police Department has responded to more assault incidents so far this year in comparison with the same period last year.

From January to June of 2014, the department responded to 41 assault incidents, an increase of 32.26 percent as compared to the same period in 2013.

In May, the department responded to eight incidents and in June the department responded to nine incidents.

"We typically see a slight uptick in (assaults) in summer months," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

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