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July 19th, 2014

Statewide and countywide alcohol petitions fall short on signatures

July 19, 2014

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment and the Saline County alcohol petition has fallen short on the number of signatures needed to make the ballot.

The countywide petition lacked 4,032 signatures, said Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis.

The petition was filed July 7 with 2,888 pages of signatures. Approximately 4,406 signatures were rejected, Curtis said.

A signature can be rejected if the person is not registered in Saline County or if things "don't match up," he said.

"We're not handwriting experts, and we give them the benefit of the doubt," he said.

July 18th

Israel deepens Gaza push to destroy Hamas tunnels

July 18, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave's Hamas rulers.

Israel launched the operation late Thursday, following a 10-day campaign of more than 2,000 air strikes against Gaza that had failed to halt relentless Hamas rocket fire on Israeli cities.

Risk of earthquake increased for one-third of U.S.

July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.

The U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday updated its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.

The maps are used for building codes and insurance purposes and they calculate just how much shaking an area probably will have in the biggest quake likely over a building's lifetime.

 

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