The Daily Press http://www.bentoncourier.com http://www.bentoncourier.com/apfeed.xml--1 The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-20T10:45:01-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11561VIDEO OF THE DAY: Good Things - Unforgettable Holiday Cookies2014-12-20T10:45:01-05:002014-12-20T10:45:01-05:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARNo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: Good Things - Unforgettable Holiday CookiesNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11561Change0Usable2014-12-20T10:45:01-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11559Arkansas closing 28 miles of lanes over holiday2014-12-19T12:36:52-05:002014-12-19T12:35:57-05:00The Saline CourierThe state Highway and Transportation Department said Friday the longest restriction will be along eight miles of Interstate 530 from Little Rock to near the Sheridan exit.Interstate 40 will have lane restrictions in both directions for five miles near West Memphis, for five miles in eastbound lanes near Brinkley, and four miles in both directions near Russellville.Interstate 430 has one southbound lane blocked for a mile in southwest Little Rock and U.S. 67 near Bald Knob will be down to one lane in each direction around Bald Knob.Benton, ARAssociated PressArkansas closing 28 miles of lanes over holidayNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11559Change0Usable2014-12-19T12:35:57-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11558Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played2014-12-19T12:22:00-05:002014-12-19T12:22:00-05:00The Saline CourierStephen Colbert is immortal?Long live Stephen Colbert!Nine years of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell.He was last seen gliding through the clouds in the backseat of Santa's sleigh beside Alex Trebek (don't ask).Before that, after offing the Grim Reaper and declaring himself immortal (don't ask), he led a glorious singalong in the studio with a room of luminaries ranging from "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, Andy Cohen and Big Bird to George Lucas, Arianna Huffington and Henry Kissinger.With Randy Newman at the piano, the gathered sang the poignant pop standard whose lyrics go, "We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when. But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day."Actually, Colbert fans know they'll be meeting him again in a few months, this time playing himself as the new host of CBS' "Late Show" taking over for David Letterman, who exits next May.But none of that mattered during Thursday's bittersweet finale.At the top of the show, Colbert greeted his followers and set straight any newcomers: "If this is your first time tuning into 'The Colbert Report,' I have some terrible news. ..."He announced as "a little happy news" for Colbert Nation that a raffle for his flashy anchor desk and his adjoining fireplace set had raised $313,420 for charity.In discussing his legacy — something this delightfully self-absorbed host was always happy to do — Colbert fired back against the "thinkerati" who, he charged, were questioning his impact."But I'm not here to brag about how I changed the world," he went on. "I did something much harder: I 'samed' the world. Does that sound stupid? Well, they said I sounded stupid back in 2005. So THAT'S the same!""The Colbert Report" (both t's were always silent) premiered in October 2005 as a spoof of the show hosted by Fox News Channel personality Bill O'Reilly. But the Colbert character developed into a shrewdly satirical observer, preaching the opposite of what real-life Stephen Colbert meant to put across. For this nightly display of Opposite Day, Colbert won a devoted audience of so-called "heroes," plus critical acclaim and two Peabody Awards, which noted that "what started as a parody of punditry is now its own political platform."An actor, comedian and improv virtuoso, Colbert had created his Stephen Colbert alter ego in 1997 as a "senior correspondent" for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."Then he graduated to a show of his own, where he not only exposed the failings and fumblings of government, society and the media, but he also got directly involved in these issues.He formed a Super PAC, "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow," which solicited donations as a demonstration of how money distorts the electoral process.In 2007, he announced he would be running for president — but only in his native state, South Carolina, whose Democratic Party voted to keep his name off the ballot. With Stewart, he in 2010 staged a "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" as a live TV extravaganza that drew tens of thousands to Washington's National Mall.Quite a legacy. Was it enough?"If all we achieved over the last nine years was to come into your home each night and help you make a difficult day a little bit better," said Colbert, for a moment almost getting sentimental — "man, what a waste!"As usual, he was preaching the opposite of truth.Benton, ARAssociated PressStephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he playedNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11558Change0Usable2014-12-19T12:22:00-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11556Maryland, 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 availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11556Change0Usable2014-12-18T14:40:08-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11555Rogers 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 availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11555Change0Usable2014-12-18T13:51:17-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11554Committee 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 availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11554Change0Usable2014-12-18T11:48:43-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11552Bryant 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 availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11552Change0Usable2014-12-18T10:53:26-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11547Arkansas 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 availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11547Change0Usable2014-12-17T16:09:35-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11546Top 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 availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11546Change0Usable2014-12-17T15:48:51-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11544Benton 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 availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:11544Change0Usable2014-12-17T15:41:38-05:00