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January 9th, 2015

Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

January 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce.

The initiative's price tag has yet to be revealed, and it faces a Republican Congress averse to big new spending programs. Obama was promoting the idea in a visit Friday to Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, and in a video message posted to Facebook Thursday evening.

January 8th

Big changes occurring in Saline County Sheriff’s Office

January 8, 2015

During his first week at his post, Sheriff Rodney Wright has made big changes in the department.

Wright announced he has chosen Jay Fitzpatrick to serve as chief deputy for the Saline County Sheriff’s Office. Fitzpatrick is a former Drug Enforcement Administration Senior Executive and has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience.

Before coming to Saline County, Fitzpatrick was living in San Francisco, but wanted to retire in Arkansas, Wright said.

Investigation leads to more charges

January 8, 2015

A man and woman are facing charges following an investigation by the Benton Police Department.

Kenneth Allison, 24, of Little Rock who was previously arrested on three counts of breaking or entering and theft of property has now been linked to three additional crimes that took place on Dec. 25, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

Erica Torres, 24, of Little Rock was arrested for allegedly assisting Allison during the crimes.

Woman arrested for allegedly shoplifting

January 8, 2015

A Benton woman was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly stealing merchandise at Walgreens.

According to a Benton police report, when Kristen Morris, 34, saw two officers in the store, she allegedly “began removing (reportedly stolen) items from her purse and placing them on the counter.” Morris also allegedly had drug paraphernalia which contained suspected methamphetamine and marijuana residue in her possession, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

Morris has been charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and shoplifting.

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