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December 20, 2014

Arkansas closing 28 miles of lanes over holiday

December 19, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Travelers will come across 28 miles of lane closures on major Arkansas roads during the upcoming holiday season.

The state Highway and Transportation Department said Friday the longest restriction will be along eight miles of Interstate 530 from Little Rock to near the Sheridan exit.

Interstate 40 will have lane restrictions in both directions for five miles near West Memphis, for five miles in eastbound lanes near Brinkley, and four miles in both directions near Russellville.

Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played

December 19, 2014

NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert is dead.

Stephen Colbert is immortal?

Long live Stephen Colbert!

Nine years of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell.

He was last seen gliding through the clouds in the backseat of Santa's sleigh beside Alex Trebek (don't ask).

Maryland, Arkansas among states that have bans on atheists holding office

December 18, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Some freedom-from-religion advocates are pressing Maryland and six other states to remove provisions from their state constitutions prohibiting people who don't believe in God from holding public office.

The Openly Secular coalition, based in Columbus, Ohio, says the other states are Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The New York Times first reported on the campaign.

The Supreme Court struck down such restrictions in 1961.

Rogers police seek child, 2, taken from home

December 18, 2014

ROGERS — Police in Rogers are searching for a 2-year-old boy whose mother says was taken by her roommate.

Police say the mother called officers about 2:30 a.m. Thursday and said she had gotten into a physical fight with her roommate and that he had taken the child and left the residence.

The child is identified as Alex Gage Almodovar. He's described as white, about 3-feet-tall, 40 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing Navy blue sweat pants with white strips and a red long sleeve shirt.

Committee rejects A-State medical college application

December 18, 2014

JONESBORO — A New York college's application to open an osteopathic medical school on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro has been denied.

But Barbara Ross-Lee of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine said it will submit another application for accreditation to the American Osteopathic Association in April.

Bryant 4-year-old dies at Children's Hospital

December 18, 2014

Bryant police officers are investigating the death of a 4-year-old child. Brayden Bohac was pronounced dead at Arkansas Children’s Hospital after being transported to the hospital via helicopter Tuesday afternoon.

For the entire story, see Friday’s edition of The Saline Courier.

Arkansas St. names Shane Broadway vice president

December 17, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — The director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education was named Wednesday as vice president for governmental relations for the Arkansas State University System.

ASU System President Charles Welch said Shane Broadway, a former member of both the Arkansas House and Senate, will succeed Robert Evans, who is retiring.

Top theater chains, including Cinemark and Regal, cancel 'The Interview' showings

December 17, 2014

NEW YORK — The top theater chains in North America have dropped "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy, effectively squashing the Christmas Day release of the film.

Regal Cinemas, AMC and Cinemark have each pulled the movie. In a statement, Regal said it was delaying any showings of "The Interview" because of "the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats."

Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace on Tuesday threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

Benton officer graduates from advanced training course

December 17, 2014

Lt. Jeff Kling of the Benton Police Department recently completed the School of Law Enforcement Supervision, an advanced criminal justice class that was offered through the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock.

This course is “designed by Arkansas law enforcement leaders to set a standard that focuses on leadership,
education and advancement in the law enforcement profession,” said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

For the entire story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Saline Courier.

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