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July 31, 2014

Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels 


July 31, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory.

Netanyahu's vow came as international efforts to end the 23-day-old conflict seemed to sputter despite concern over the mounting death toll, with more than 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and more than 50 Israelis, almost all of them soldiers, killed since July 8.

Police: Arkansas man tried to mail meth to jail

July 31, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Police say twin brothers in Arkansas will soon be together after one tried to mail methamphetamine to the other who was in jail.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that 27-year-olds Brandon and David Buck were charged July 2 for meth possession. David Buck posted bond, but his brother remained incarcerated with a parole hold.

Craighead County Deputy David Bailey says he was monitoring inmate phone calls Sunday when David Buck told his brother he was going to mail him meth. Bailey says the drugs would be hidden under the label on an envelope.

Arkansas ask judge to keep marriage ban in place

July 31, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials asked a federal judge Wednesday to keep the state's marriage ban in place, arguing the prohibition is constitutional and serves a legitimate purpose.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to reject the motion for summary judgment filed by two same-sex couples challenging the ban. The couples earlier this month asked Baker to rule immediately and find a 2004 constitutional amendment and any related laws barring gay marriage unconstitutional. The couples sued the state over the ban last year.

City of Bryant hires two new firefighters

July 31, 2014

The Bryant Fire Department has added two firefighters, Brad Bush of Hot Springs and Jose Valdez of Bryant.

Bush said he chose to become a firefighter because he "wanted to help people without being a police officer like the rest of my family," he said.

He says he enjoys being involved with the community, fighting fires and responding to medical calls, he said.
"He is quiet and respectful and quickly learning," said Fire Chief J. P. Jordan. "He is built like a bull and just as strong."

Municipal filings continue; Aug. 15 is last day to file

July 31, 2014

Municipal filings for the November general election include the following candidates. The recent filing period opened at noon July 25 and closes at noon Aug. 15.

The candidates listed here also include those who previously filed for county positions before the preferential primary election, but will be included on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Benton
(All races are nonpartisan.)
•Mayor, David J. Mattingley, incumbent.
•City Clerk, Cindy Stracener, incumbent.
•City Attorney, Brent Houston, incumbent.
•Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, no filings to date.

Great Futures Campaign kicks off for local youth clubs

July 31, 2014

On behalf of the youth in Saline County, three local Boys & Girls Clubs have joined the National Great Futures Campaign for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which kicked off today.

Daily Dispatch July 30

July 31, 2014

Benton Police Department
•The manager at O'Reilly's Auto Parts reported an individual used a check from a closed account to purchase items.
•The owner of Olde Towne Benton on South East Street reported a woman stole a purse.
•Timothy Jones, 30, of Malvern was arrested on Reed Street for allegedly being disorderly.
•A woman on Chatfield Road reported a residential break-in.
•Charles Ross, 19, of Broken Bow, Okla. was arrested near Hazel Street and charged with driving while intoxicated and criminal trespassing.

DNA leads to break-in arrest

July 31, 2014

A man was arrested after Benton officers used DNA evidence to link him as a suspect in numerous vehicle break-ins.

Devin Weston, 30, of Hot Springs National Park is accused of committing12 vehicle break-ins that occurred April 21 near Millbrook Drive and Heritage Farms neighborhood.

During the investigation, various items that included DNA evidence were collected and submitted to the Arkansas Crime Lab for processing, said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton police department spokesperson.

Arkansas State University closes outreach center

July 30, 2014

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University is closing its decades-old Continuing Education and Community Outreach Center.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that Vice Chancellor and Provost Lynita Cooksey announced the closure on Tuesday.

She says the university is attempting to streamline operations and reduce duplicated work. She says other departments will absorb the functions of the center and no services will be cut.

It's unclear if the closure will result in layoffs. Cooksey says the nine staff members were offered or reassigned to vacant positions at the university.

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