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A look at California's landmark plastic bag ban

September 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

Here are some key things to know about the landmark legislation:

WHAT DOES THE LAW DO?

Severe storms to ignite from Texas to Minnesota Tuesday

September 30, 2014

AccuWeather reports  the same system that brought severe weather to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains on Monday will deliver another round of severe storms to the Plains on Tuesday.

Thunderstorms are set to erupt from eastern South Dakota to the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday afternoon before weakening and tracking eastward during the overnight hours.

Due to the timing of the storms, wind, rain and hail may impact traffic along portions of I-29, I-70, I-35, and I-27 around the same time as the evening commute.

Jeb Bush talks education for Arkansas GOP hopeful

September 30, 2014

SHERWOOD — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praised education proposals from gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas Tuesday despite differences between the Republicans on key school reforms, as the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate stepped up campaigning for Republicans in tight races ahead of the midterm elections.

Police: Shots fired at Ky. school, 1 student hurt

September 30, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A high school student was injured and one person was being sought after a shooting at a high school in southern Louisville, police said Tuesday.

The student had non-life threatening injuries and was reunited with parents at University Hospital, Officer Phil Russell said. He didn't say if the injured student and shooter knew each other or if the shooter was a student at Fern Creek Traditional High School.

Russell said the suspect left the 1,400-student school immediately after firing the shot.

Mexican's 'Harry Potter' hoard is world's biggest

September 30, 2014

MEXICO CITY — A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest.

Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding all things related to British author J.K. Rowling's young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films.

His collection fills two rooms and counts everything from magic wands and toy figurines to Gryffindor scarves and replica Quidditch brooms.

Guinness World Records officially recognized it Monday as the world No. 1, at 3,097 pieces. The old mark was 807.

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge

September 30, 2014

BALTIMORE — Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland.

Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police say Phelps was going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone. Police say officers stopped Phelps just past a toll plaza.

Phelps has been charged with driving under the influence and excessive speed. He was released after his arrest.

Police seize 37 marijuana plants at Arkansas home

September 30, 2014

POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas police have arrested a man who they say was growing nearly 40 marijuana plants in a home he was renting.

Police Chief Cecil Tackett told KAIT-TV on Monday that it's "by far" the largest growing operation officers have discovered. He said the 37 plants ranged from seedlings to 5 feet tall.

Police were called to the residence for a welfare check after the homeowner said the 37-year-old tenant hadn't paid rent in months. Officers say they could see and smell marijuana plants and obtained a search warrant.

Tackett says the man was arrested a few days later.

Trojan horse rolls way into Benton; goes against Issue 3

September 30, 2014

A giant Trojan horse stood near the lawn of the Saline County Courthouse on Monday morning. Members of the "Vote Against Issue 3" campaign placed a 10-foot-tall symbolic wooden horse on the lawn to protest issue 3 which will appear on the November general election ballot.

Issue 3 is titled the Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics, Transparency and Financial Reform Amendment and if approved, would permit legislators to serve a total of 16 years in the House or Senate and would establish limits on lobbying efforts by former legislators, as well as campaign donations and gifts from lobbyists.

Benton signs 3-year C.W. Lewis lease; parks department able to use stadium

September 30, 2014

C.W. Lewis Stadium is now available to the Benton Parks and Recreation Department for use as a venue for rental.

On Sept. 22, Mayor David Mattingly and Donald Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, signed a three-year lease that allows the city of Benton to use the university-owned stadium.

Parks and Recreation Department director John Eckart says he expects to begin accepting reservations for use of the facility on Oct. 1.

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

Wagon-decorating contest set for 2014 Old-Fashioned Day

September 30, 2014

Youngsters are invited to gussy up their wagons, give them a western look and come on down to Old-Fashioned Day.

Angela Ross, coordinator of the 2014 Old-Fashioned Day, announced plans for a a wagon-decorating contest with western theme in conjunction with the Oct. 11 celebration that raises funds for the Benton Senior Wellness and Activity Center.

Ross said the contest will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held on the west side of the courthouse lawn, facing First United Methodist Church.

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

 

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