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Maryland, Arkansas among states that have bans on atheists holding office

December 18, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Some freedom-from-religion advocates are pressing Maryland and six other states to remove provisions from their state constitutions prohibiting people who don't believe in God from holding public office.

The Openly Secular coalition, based in Columbus, Ohio, says the other states are Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The New York Times first reported on the campaign.

The Supreme Court struck down such restrictions in 1961.

Rogers police seek child, 2, taken from home

December 18, 2014

ROGERS — Police in Rogers are searching for a 2-year-old boy whose mother says was taken by her roommate.

Police say the mother called officers about 2:30 a.m. Thursday and said she had gotten into a physical fight with her roommate and that he had taken the child and left the residence.

The child is identified as Alex Gage Almodovar. He's described as white, about 3-feet-tall, 40 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing Navy blue sweat pants with white strips and a red long sleeve shirt.

Committee rejects A-State medical college application

December 18, 2014

JONESBORO — A New York college's application to open an osteopathic medical school on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro has been denied.

But Barbara Ross-Lee of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine said it will submit another application for accreditation to the American Osteopathic Association in April.

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