The Daily Press The Saline Courier | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-02T09:49:46-04:00 severe storms to hit Arkansas late this evening2014-10-02T09:49:46-04:002014-10-02T09:49:46-04:00The Saline CourierBenton, ARSpecial to The Saline CourierPotentially severe storms to hit Arkansas late this eveningNo source Service chief resigns after security lapses 2014-10-01T15:57:05-04:002014-10-01T15:57:05-04:00The Saline CourierHomeland 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.Benton, ARAssociated PressSecret Service chief resigns after security lapses No source and answers about the U.S. Ebola case 2014-10-01T14:43:48-04:002014-10-01T14:43:48-04:00The Saline CourierTexas 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."Ebola can be scary. But there's all the difference in the world between the U.S. and parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said, stressing that U.S. health workers know how to control the virus."There is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here," he told a news conference in Atlanta on Tuesday.Some questions and answers about the case:Q: Where did the traveler come from?A: Liberia, the hardest-hit country in the West African epidemic. The patient left on Sept. 19 and arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 20 to visit family. Frieden wouldn't release the man's nationality or other identifying information, and didn't know how he became infected.Q: When did the patient get sick?A: Last Wednesday, and he initially sought care two days later. He was released but returned Sunday when his condition worsened and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital discovered the West Africa connection, admitting him under strict isolation. Tests confirmed Ebola on Tuesday.Q: How does Ebola spread?A: Only through close contact with the bodily fluids of someone who has symptoms, such as fever, vomiting and diarrhea. People aren't contagious until symptoms begin. And Ebola cannot spread through the air.Q: How is Ebola diagnosed?A: Some of the symptoms of Ebola are similar to other ailments, so doctors do a blood test to confirm an infection. Frieden explained that tests done early may miss the virus. "Even in the initial phases of illness, when they've got a fever, the most sensitive tests in the world don't detect it because there's so little virus," he said.Q: So who's at risk?A: Texas health officials already have begun tracking down those close contacts, believed to be mostly the relatives the man stayed with. Officials will check them for symptoms every day for 21 days. Frieden said only about a handful of people are believed to have been exposed.Q: Could Ebola have spread on the airplane?A: No, Frieden said, because the man wasn't sick then. The CDC said there is no need to monitor anyone else on those flights and didn't reveal flight information.Q: Will the patient stay in Dallas?A: Frieden said there's no need to transfer the man to one of those special isolation units that have gotten so much attention for treating four American aid workers who caught Ebola while volunteering in West Africa. Most hospitals can follow the necessary infection control for Ebola, Frieden said, and the Dallas hospital said it was "well prepared" to safely treat this newest case.As for those other patients, three have recovered; the fourth remains hospitalized in Atlanta.Q: How will this patient be treated?A: Good hydration and IV nutrition have proven to be key for those other patients. Frieden said the hospital was discussing experimental treatments. A Tekmira Pharmaceuticals drug called TKM-Ebola and blood transfusions from an Ebola survivor were given to one of the recently infected U.S. aid workers.Q: Could there be more travelers with Ebola?A: No one's ruling it out. People boarding planes in the outbreak zone are checked for fever, but that does not guarantee that an infected person won't get through.Airlines are required to report any deaths on a flight or ill travelers meeting certain criteria to the CDC before arriving in the U.S. If a traveler is infectious or exhibiting symptoms during or after a flight, the CDC will conduct an investigation of exposed travelers and take any necessary public health action.Q: What if I'm worried about exposure?Benton, ARAssociated PressQuestions and answers about the U.S. Ebola case No source Mexico hopes 'singing road' curbs speeding 2014-10-01T13:41:13-04:002014-10-01T13:38:49-04:00The Saline CourierTigress 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.Aside from getting drivers to slow down, state Transportation Secretary Tom Church says the rumble strips will keep drowsy drivers from falling asleep at the wheel.Benton, ARAssociated PressNew Mexico hopes 'singing road' curbs speeding No source Arkansas inmate caught near Fouke 2014-10-01T13:34:12-04:002014-10-01T13:32:31-04:00The Saline CourierA 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.He had been missing since Thursday, when he walked away from a work crew he was part of near Fouke.Benton, ARAssociated PressEscaped Arkansas inmate caught near Fouke No source for wildlife refuge expansion scrapped 2014-10-01T13:30:19-04:002014-10-01T13:30:19-04:00The Saline CourierThe 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.Benton, ARAssociated PressProposal for wildlife refuge expansion scrapped No source Arkansas men arrested in drug raid 2014-10-01T13:29:18-04:002014-10-01T13:29:18-04:00The Saline CourierThe 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.Benton, ARAssociated PressSheriff: Arkansas men arrested in drug raid No source weather in Arkansas forecast for Thursday 2014-10-01T13:25:52-04:002014-10-01T13:25:52-04:00The Saline CourierForecasters 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.Benton, ARAssociated PressStormy weather in Arkansas forecast for Thursday No source, land, lease topics of park meeting2014-10-01T13:22:17-04:002014-10-01T13:21:56-04:00The Saline CourierIn 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.Benton, ARBrent DavisLights, land, lease topics of park meetingNo source safety app released for UALR students2014-10-01T13:19:39-04:002014-10-01T13:19:39-04:00The Saline CourierAccording 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."Benton, ARBrent DavisNew safety app released for UALR studentsNo source