The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-18T14:40:08-05:00, Arkansas among states that have bans on atheists holding office 2014-12-18T14:40:08-05:002014-12-18T14:40:08-05:00The Saline CourierThe 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.Maryland state Sen. Jamie Raskin said Thursday that the ban is among a number of what he called "obsolete provisions that are littering the constitution."Benton, ARAssociated PressMaryland, Arkansas among states that have bans on atheists holding office No source police seek child, 2, taken from home 2014-12-18T13:51:17-05:002014-12-18T13:51:17-05:00The Saline CourierPolice 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.Benton, ARAssociated PressRogers police seek child, 2, taken from home No source rejects A-State medical college application2014-12-18T11:49:30-05:002014-12-18T11:48:43-05:00The Saline CourierBut 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.She said it's not uncommon for a school to be denied accreditation initially. The committee gave college officials a list of items they needed to clarify before turning in another application, which included providing more information about the relationship between it and Arkansas State."I am very familiar with the process," Ross-Lee said. "It is a process that is very detailed."NYIT plans to lease a building that's about 86,000 square feet from ASU for the medical school, anticipated to open in 2016. It wants to enroll 115 freshmen annually.Jeff Hankins, ASU vice president for strategic communications and economic development, said other plans for the medical school will continue to move forward, including Ross-Lee moving to Jonesboro. She will begin duties as the medical school's dean in January.Benton, ARAssociated PressCommittee rejects A-State medical college applicationNo source 4-year-old dies at Children's Hospital2014-12-18T11:19:06-05:002014-12-18T10:53:26-05:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARSarah PerryBryant 4-year-old dies at Children's HospitalNo source St. names Shane Broadway vice president 2014-12-17T16:13:02-05:002014-12-17T16:09:35-05:00The Saline CourierASU System President Charles Welch said Shane Broadway, a former member of both the Arkansas House and Senate, will succeed Robert Evans, who is retiring."Shane brings to us an ideal blend of experience as a former legislator who is very knowledgeable about higher education and the processes of state government," Welch said in a statement. "He is also an alumnus and former student body president at Arkansas State.Benton, ARAssociated PressArkansas St. names Shane Broadway vice president No source theater chains, including Cinemark and Regal, cancel 'The Interview' showings 2014-12-17T15:48:51-05:002014-12-17T15:48:51-05:00The Saline CourierRegal Cinemas, AMC and Cinemark have each pulled the movie. In a statement, Regal said it was delaying any showings of "The Interview" because of "the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats."Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace on Tuesday threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11th.Sony did not immediately comment on the news Wednesday. On Tuesday, the studio told exhibitors that the company understood if exhibitors pulled the film in light of the threats.Benton, ARAssociated PressTop theater chains, including Cinemark and Regal, cancel 'The Interview' showings No source officer graduates from advanced training course2014-12-17T15:44:25-05:002014-12-17T15:41:38-05:00The Saline CourierThis course is “designed by Arkansas law enforcement leaders to set a standard that focuses on leadership, education and advancement in the law enforcement profession,” said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson. Benton, ARSarah PerryBenton officer graduates from advanced training courseNo source OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 20142014-12-17T14:38:47-05:002014-12-17T14:38:24-05:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014No source man hands out $100 bills in Massachusetts 2014-12-17T14:32:26-05:002014-12-17T14:32:26-05:00The Saline CourierA man wearing a cowboy hat walked into Marylou's in Hyannis on Saturday and handed the worker behind the counter 15 envelopes, each containing a crisp $100 bill.Manager Victoria Grandy tells the Cape Cod Times ( ) "MERRY CHRISTMAS" was printed in red on the front of each envelope.Workers didn't recognize the man as a regular, but one employee said he resembled Santa Claus.A man, believed to be the same person, but this time wearing a ball cap, on Monday handed over eight envelopes containing $100 bills to the workers at the Dunkin' Donuts at the Cape Cod Mall.Benton, ARAssociated PressMystery man hands out $100 bills in Massachusetts No source singer Boyd crowned 'The Voice' champion 2014-12-17T14:14:55-05:002014-12-17T14:10:02-05:00The Saline CourierCraig Wayne Boyd, the country rocker from Blake Shelton's team, was named the winner of "The Voice" Tuesday.Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off.The father from Nashville, Tennessee, was up against three finalists from Adam Levine's team: Runner-up Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison, who took third place and Damien Lawson, who nabbed fourth.This is the fourth win for country star Shelton."We went into this thing with the odds stacked against us," Shelton said Tuesday during a post-finale news conference. "Will I rub it in Adam's face? He may quit the show before I'm done rubbing this in his face!"Boyd told reporters of his struggles to make ends meet while pursuing his dreams."It truly feels like validation that all the hard work that I put in up to this point has been worth it. I remember more than a year ago ... saying 'listen I may have to quit because it's not paying my bills. I'm losing my house, lost my pickup.' I didn't know what I was going to do."Boyd wins a record deal and the $100,000 grand prize.Benton, ARAssociated PressCountry singer Boyd crowned 'The Voice' champion No source