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Arkansas Baptist College hit with civil lawsuits

July 19, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Several lawsuits have been filed against Arkansas Baptist College for unpaid bills.

The historically black college in Little Rock has struggled to pay its bills, meet payroll obligations and deliver financial aid checks to its students since last year, the media reported this week.

One of those lawsuits filed this week in Pulaski County Court says the college twice bounced a $157,016 check to pay for furniture it bought from a Texas-based company, Southwest Contract.

Lengthy agenda planned for Bryant Council meeting

July 19, 2014

Bryant City Council has a lengthy agenda planned for its meeting Monday night.

During the meeting, the council will discuss an agreement between the city and the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant and proposed new fire stations.

The council has been discussing the agreement with the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant for several months.
Each year the council approves agreements with various organizations and groups, but this year the council decided to create a facilities agreement with the club that would last longer than one year.

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.

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.

Why airlines didn't avoid risky Ukraine airspace

July 18, 2014

The possibility that the civilian jetliner downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people onboard was hit by a missile could have profound consequences for the world's airlines.

Airlines might have to be more vigilant about avoiding trouble spots, making flights longer and causing them to burn more costly fuel, an extra expense that is often passed onto passengers through higher fares. They may even be forced to reconsider many international routes.

Farmer adds name to Bryant attorney pool

July 18, 2014

Bryant native Josh Farmer has announced his candidacy for Bryant city attorney.

Farmer said he has "big dreams" about what Bryant can become and hopes he can do his part to make the city a better place.

"It took decades for Bryant to build momentum of growth from an exit sign on the interstate to a bustling community," he said.

Arrest made after pursuit with officers

July 18, 2014

A Jacksonville man was arrested Wednesday night after being involved in a high-speed pursuit with a Benton police officer.

Brian Keith Scroggins, 31, allegedly was traveling recklessly on Interstate 30. When a Benton police officer tried to stop the vehicle, Scroggins continued to travel at a high rate of speed.

Scroggins eventually traveled onto U.S. 70, venturing into oncoming traffic, according to the police report.

Daily Dispatch, July 17, 2014

July 18, 2014

Benton Police Department
•The building superintendent at the Saline County Courthouse reported the theft of a surplus door.
•Jaton Bolden, 25, of Little Rock received a citation for allegedly stealing money from McDonald's restaurant.
•Kimberly Krippendorf, 29, of Benton was arrested at Walmart and charged with theft of property.
•A woman reported her daughter's ring was stolen. The woman said she does not know when or where the ring was taken.

Missing vehicle found in Saline County

July 17, 2014

Saline County sheriff's deputies found a vehicle belonging to Steven Roach, 24, who is reported missing from Lonoke County
The vehicle, a 1999 tan GMC Jimmy, which was found in the woods near White Oak Pond Drive in Mabelvale, according Lt. Scott Courtney, Saline County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.
Roach was last seen in North Little Rock wearing a red Arkansas Razorback T-shirt and dark pants. His family has not had contact with him since July 11, according to Lt. James Kulesa, Lonoke County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

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