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Obama urgently asks for $3.7 billion for border crisis

July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama appealed to Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border, where unaccompanied children have been showing up by the thousands in a human drama that's causing a political storm in Washington and beyond.

Pryor campaign edits tornado video after complaint

July 9, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign said Tuesday it's removing portions of online videos that were shot on property destroyed in a deadly Arkansas tornado after its owner said he was misled about the footage's use.

Doug Boydston complained about the video featuring footage shot on the Mayflower RV property that was destroyed by a deadly tornado in April, saying he wasn't told it would be used as a political attack against Republican challenger and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. Pryor's campaign denied that it misled Boydston.

Murphy Oil to build new HQ in El Dorado

July 9, 2014

EL DORADO — Construction is set to begin next month on Murphy Oil Corp.'s new headquarters in El Dorado.
Several former law offices and an abandoned house will be demolished to make room for the 860,000-square-foot headquarters. A company spokeswoman says construction is expected to be complete in September 2015.

The El Dorado News-Times reports the facility will include a two-story building with a lobby and general meeting rooms. That building will be connected to a five-story structure that will hold the company's offices.

UALR Benton Center to receive facelift

July 9, 2014

Expanding the UALR Benton Center reached a milestone as fundraising continues to build a new facility in Downtown Benton.

An announcement from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock notes that the Benton campus will begin a major facelift to the existing building and grounds this summer when its advisory board closes on a three-year capital campaign goal of $450,000.

“Fundraising is progressing right on schedule,” said John Young, the new Advisory Board chair.

Local family grows through adoption effort

July 9, 2014

Raising a family is difficult under the best of circumstances, but for Gina and Greg Grant, the difficulty is one they embrace.

Greg and Gina met in the spring of 2002 and dated two years before deciding to get married.

"We were kind of rushed into getting married because in mid-September we found out Greg had kidney cancer and needed to have surgery immediately," Gina said. "So we married a few short days after finding out this news."

Greg fully recovered from the disease and has had no recurring problems.

Garland Co. artist picked for Beebe portrait

July 8, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — A Garland County art instructor has been selected to paint the official gubernatorial portrait of outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe — the first time in 35 years that a new artist will produce the formal portrait.

Beebe said he and his wife, Ginger, chose Ovita Goolsby to paint the farewell portrait. The previous five portraits have been done by artist Nancy Harris, an Arkansas native who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Woman arrested after allegedly stabbing man with screwdriver

July 8, 2014

A woman was arrested after she allegedly stabbed a man with a screwdriver Friday on Silicia Heights.

Alicia Carroll, 20, of Benton has been charged with first-degree battery in connection with the incident.

The victim, Richard Wimberley, 35, told Benton police that Carroll and William Taylor, 37, drove up to the Silica Heights location. Taylor reportedly was driving the vehicle.

The victim said he tried to confront the couple, but Carroll was yelling at him. Once the couple exited the vehicle, they both had screwdrivers in their hands and Carroll stabbed the man twice, he said.

Minimum wage hike up to voters

July 8, 2014

A group campaigning to raise Arkansas' minimum wage turned in more than 77,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's Office on Monday in an effort to place the issue on the November 2014 General Election ballot.

Give Arkansas a Raise Now submitted its petition and reported turning in 77,288 signatures. Placing the issue on the ballot requires signatures from 62,507 registered voters.

Monday was the deadline to submit petitions for initiatives.

Arkansas State graduate joins Courier team

July 8, 2014

Caleb Hennington, an Arkansas State University graduate, recently joined the newsroom at The Saline Courier as a page designer.

Hennington, a native of Hamburg, a small town in south Arkansas, received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism as an honor graduate in May 2014.

Deadline for statewide initiatives today

July 7, 2014

Today is the deadline to file statewide initiative measures with the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office in order to place an issue on the November 2014 General Election Ballot.

Medical marijuana, minimum wage increases, and making Arkansas a wet state are all issues that voters may see on the ballot in November.

Two potential statute initiatives may appear on the ballot as well as three potential constitutional amendments. These initiatives will be included only if petitions received the required number of voter signatures and all the paperwork is filed on time.

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