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'No confidence' in McMahan; Bauxite Council vote ends 3-1 against mayor

July 22, 2014

At the close of a council meeting that included accusations of illegal activity from council members toward Mayor Johnny McMahan, aldermen ended the two-and-one-half-hour session with a vote of "no confidence" in the mayor.

During the comments section at the end of the meeting, Alderman Mona Struble called for the no-confidence stance against McMahan and his ability to lead the city.

Voting for Struble's motion were Struble, Karen Brooks and Paula Matthews; Alderman Brenda Haney voted against the action.

Panel approves leasing space for state prisoners

July 22, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — A state panel finalized a deal Monday to move up to 250 inmates into an unused Pulaski County facility as part of a plan lawmakers approved earlier this month to ease overcrowding at local jails across Arkansas.

Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in Afghanistan.

Arkansas AG rejects medical pot measure wording

July 22, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.

McDaniel's office on Monday rejected the wording of the proposal by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which had tried unsuccessfully to get medical marijuana legalization on this year's ballot. The group had been unable to gather the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed by the July 7 deadline to submit petitions to qualify for the November ballot.

Pennington, Mallory have trial dates set

July 22, 2014

Court proceedings have been scheduled for former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington and Jo Nell Mallory, former chief deputy finance director for the sheriff's office.

Pennington is scheduled for an Oct. 10 hearing in Saline County Circuit Court and his trial is scheduled Nov. 20.

Circuit Judge Gary Arnold is presiding in Pennington's case, according to Kristie Petersen, Arnold's trial court assistant.

Mallory is scheduled for a hearing on Oct. 10 and her trial is set for Oct. 16.

Immunization guideline changes proposed for 2014-15

July 22, 2014

With August coming soon, parents and students are getting ready for the beginning of a new school term and immunizations are a key part of the preparation.

The Arkansas Department of Health has proposed some changes to immunization requirements. If they are approved on July 24, they will go into effect on Sept. 1.

Health Department officials say they anticipate approval.

The changes have been in the process for several years, said Jennifer Dillaha, medical director for immunizations for the Health Department.

Immunization guideline changes proposed for 2014-15

July 22, 2014

With August coming soon, parents and students are getting ready for the beginning of a new school term and immunizations are a key part of the preparation.

The Arkansas Department of Health has proposed some changes to immunization requirements. If they are approved on July 24, they will go into effect on Sept. 1.

Health Department officials say they anticipate approval.

The changes have been in the process for several years, said Jennifer Dillaha, medical director for immunizations for the Health Department.

Immunization guideline changes proposed for 2014-15

July 22, 2014

With August coming soon, parents and students are getting ready for the beginning of a new school term and immunizations are a key part of the preparation.

The Arkansas Department of Health has proposed some changes to immunization requirements. If they are approved on July 24, they will go into effect on Sept. 1.

Health Department officials say they anticipate approval.

The changes have been in the process for several years, said Jennifer Dillaha, medical director for immunizations for the Health Department.

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.

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