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Secret Service chief resigns after security lapses

October 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday, a day after bitingly critical questioning by Congress about a White House security breach. There had been increasing calls for her departure during the day.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said she offered her resignation and he accepted it.

Pierson will be replaced by Joseph Clancy, a former special agent in charge of the president's protective detail who retired in 2011. Pierson has been with the agency for 30 years.

She was widely criticized during and after her testimony Tuesday.

Questions and answers about the U.S. Ebola case

October 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.

Texas health officials said there were no other suspected cases in the state, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immediately sought to calm fears that one case would spread widely.

New Mexico hopes 'singing road' curbs speeding

October 1, 2014

TIJERAS, N.M. — New Mexico transportation officials are hoping a "singing road" along historic Route 66 will curb speeding.

Tigress Productions is creating the road between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed "Crowd Control" that will debut in November.

The road uses a series of rumble strips to create music. The driver will hear the tune as long as the speed limit is obeyed.

There are only a few such "singing roads" in the world.

Escaped Arkansas inmate caught near Fouke

October 1, 2014

FOUKE — Arkansas prison officials say they have caught an escaped inmate who walked away from a work crew last week.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Community Correction said officers caught 35-year-old Jeremy Pifer on Wednesday hiding in a shed near Fouke in southwestern Arkansas. Spokeswoman Dina Tyler said Pifer will go to Miller County where he will be questioned and then will be transferred to the Department of Correction.

Arkansas State Police used tracking dogs and a helicopter to search for Pifer Tuesday after he was spotted at a convenience store.

Proposal for wildlife refuge expansion scrapped

October 1, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has dropped plans to gradually buy land to nearly double the size of a wildlife refuge in southeast Arkansas.

The federal agency had proposed adding about 125,300 acres to the Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge. David Viker with the National Wildlife Refuge System told the media there wasn't enough money or local support to justify moving forward.

The nearly 161,000-acre refuge was established in 1935 to protect ducks, geese and other migratory birds. It also is home to the only native black bear population in the state.

Sheriff: Arkansas men arrested in drug raid

October 1, 2014

GLENWOOD — The Pike County Sheriff's Office says two men have been arrested after $56,000 in cash, 45 guns and drugs were seized from two homes.

The Texarkana Gazette reports deputies raided the Glenwood homes on Tuesday. Sgt. Clark Kinzler says the 49-year-old and 37-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of drug distribution. They haven't been charged yet.

The search warrants were simultaneously executed but authorities didn't say how the men are connected. They say both marijuana and prescription drugs were seized.

Stormy weather in Arkansas forecast for Thursday

October 1, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — The Storm Prediction Center says all of Arkansas is at a slight risk for severe weather Thursday as a band of thunderstorms forms along a cold front moving through the state.

Forecasters say the best chances for storms will be late Thursday afternoon and evening, with damaging straight-line winds the main threat. The National Weather Service says large hail and heavy rainfall are also possible with the storm system.

Some local areas could see more than 2 inches of rain Thursday.

Lights, land, lease topics of park meeting

October 1, 2014

New lighting is on the way for the ball fields at Bernard Holland Park.

In a meeting Tuesday night, the Benton City Council's Parks Committee approved a proposal for the lighting upgrade.

The committee also approved a land swap with adjacent Holland Chapel Baptist Church and addressed a lease between the parks department and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock system for the use of C.W. Lewis Stadium in Downtown Benton.

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

New safety app released for UALR students

October 1, 2014

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock​ ​Department of Public Safety is encouraging students to turn their phones into personal safety devices this week by downloading the free app UALR Guardian.

According to UALR officials, "Much like a guardian who provides protection, the app helps a student to check in with family, friends, the public safety department, or others, to ensure he or she is safe on campus."

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

Benton students participate in sidewalk chalk festival

October 1, 2014

Benton Public Schools recently hosted a trip to Little Rock for elementary, junior high and high school students to give the students the opportunity to attend Thea Paves the Way, a sidewalk chalk festival held annually in September on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Library.

 

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