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June 19th, 2014
WASHINGTON â€” Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress' struggle to pay for highway and transit programs.
The plan offered by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would raise the 18.4 cents-a-gallon federal gas tax and 24.4 cents-a-gallon diesel tax each by 12 cents over the next two years, and then index the taxes to keep pace with inflation. The increase would be applied in two increments of 6 cents each.
STAMPS â€” Stamps has approved a plan to dedicate its only park in honor of the small Arkansas town's most famous former resident, the late poet Maya Angelou.
The Stamps City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to dedicate the park for Angelou who died May 28. Angelou lived in Stamps as a child, but she was later critical of the town in her acclaimed autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
Benton Police Department is investigating a scam purportedly related to jury duty.
Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer, explained how the scam works.
A person identifies himself as a Benton police officer in a phone call, then says the person has missed jury duty and a judge has ordered a warrant for the individual's arrest.
The scammer then attempts to convince the victim to provide credit card information so the person can "take care of it," Russell said.
He said he is aware of only one victim in Benton.