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2 of 3 suspects captured; police nab 2/3 of alleged bank robbery trio

September 30, 2014

Detectives with the Benton Police Department have arrested two suspects in conjunction with a June 16, 2014, robbery at Malvern National Bank in Benton and an additional suspect remains at large.

Rodney Hurdsman, 45, and Stephanie Hurdsman, 39, were taken into custody without incident on Monday in Shreveport, La. The pair currently are incarcerated and are awaiting extradition to Arkansas. They may face charges in other states, authorities said.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

Realtor's body found; suspect pleads not guilty

September 30, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — A man accused of abducting and killing a real estate agent in rural Arkansas pleaded not guilty Tuesday to preliminary charges of kidnapping and capital murder, hours after the woman's body was discovered in a shallow grave.

Arron Michael Lewis appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to one count each of capital murder, kidnapping and robbery, as well as four weapons charges, according to the office of Pulaski County District Judge Wayne Gruber.

Cotton explains Farm Bill vote; U.S. Rep. gives opinion on the nation's next AG

September 27, 2014

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who represents the state's Fourth District, is challenging incumbent Mark Pryor for his seat in the U.S. Senate.

Polls of likely voters indicate the race is considered a toss-up with some polls showing Cotton with a 3 to 4 percentage margin over Pryor.

The race between the two candidates has intensified in recent weeks in advance of the Nov. 4 general election.

Pryor says Cotton financed by billionaires; Cotton: He took $50,000 from same donors

September 27, 2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., has been traveling the state as part of his campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate and included a visit to The Saline Courier office on Tuesday.

During an interview with The Courier and in his campaign document "What's at Stake: A Study on Tom Cotton's Votes Against Arkansas," Pryor asserts that Cotton has received more than $20 million from the Club for Growth and a group founded by David and Charles Koch.

Sen. Pryor makes stop in Benton; Campaign trail runs its way through Saline

September 27, 2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., who is facing a challenge from U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton for his Senate seat, was in Saline County on Tuesday as part of his campaign.

Polls have shown the race to be a toss-up between the two candidates.

Included in Pryor's local visit was a stop at The Saline Courier office, where he answered a number of questions. The questions and Pryor's responses follow.

Question: "Much has been made of your vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act. Looking back on the vote, knowing what you do now, would you change your vote? If so, why, and if not, why not?"

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September 27, 2014

Arkansas candidates to talk at aerospace forum

September 26, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — The major party's nominees for Arkansas' top two constitutional offices are speaking at a forum about issues related to the state's aerospace and defense industries.

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross are scheduled to speak Friday afternoon at the forum hosted by the Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Alliance. The forum will also feature Republican lieutenant governor hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and Democratic nominee John Burkhalter.

The forum is only open to alliance members.

Arkansas diocese wants to enter gay marriage suit

September 26, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — The leader of Arkansas' Roman Catholic diocese wants the state's highest court to consider his thoughts on the voter-approved gay-marriage ban.

Anthony Taylor, the bishop of Little Rock, asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday to accept a friend of the court brief that argues justices should uphold Arkansas' 2004 same-sex-marriage ban. A state judge tossed the ban last spring.

According to the media, the filing notes the ban was enacted by the people and says eliminating it would undermine an institution that is the bedrock of any society.

Groups argue over alcohol measure on ballot

September 26, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Opponents of a proposal to expand alcohol sales to all Arkansas counties argued Thursday it would lead to liquor stores opening near churches and schools, an accusation the group behind the measure denied as the two sides filed briefs before the state's highest court.

The two groups and state election officials also tangled over whether the state used the right deadline in accepting petitions for the measure, which would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Currently, 37 counties are dry.

Downtown group readying for arts festival Saturday

September 25, 2014

The Downtown Benton Association is finalizing preparations for a creative arts and crafts fair to be held Saturday, Sept. 27, on West South Street in front of Regions Bank.

Activities are planned from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Coordinator Janet Ausburn said the event will include bounce houses and other inflatable fun for children; various information and activity booths; numerous vendors; jewelry booths; and artwork on exhibit and for sale.

More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.

 

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