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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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  • Earnest: WH 'Confident' in Legal Basis for ObamaCare
    The White House doubled-down on its support for the 2010 health care law Tuesday, following a federal appeals court ruling that some say could derail the law's success. "You don't need a fancy legal degree to understand that Congress intended for every eligible American to have access to tax credits that would lower their health care costs, regardless of whether it was state officials or federal officials who were running the marketplace," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. "This will work its way through the legal process and we are confident in the legal case that the Department of Justice will be making.”
  • American Jews, Other 'Lone Soldiers' Serve Israel
    The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel. Israel calls them the lone soldiers: They are men and women in the prime of their lives who have left their parents and often comfortable lives behind in places like Sydney, London, Los Angeles and elsewhere to join the Israel Defense Forces, marching in the desert and taking up arms to defend the Jewish state. Spokeswoman at the Israel Consul General in Los Angeles Marina Rozhansky said, there are about 2,000 lone soldiers serving in the military.
  • Time Warner Moves to Thwart Murdoch Bid
    July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Time Warner’s board took its first concrete step to fend off Rupert Murdoch’s unwanted takeover offer by eliminating a provision in its bylaws that let shareholders call special meetings. Alix Steel reports on “Movers & Shakers” on “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)
  • Slenderman stabbing victim receives purple heart
    Yona Gavino reports
  • S. Korean police find body of fugitive ferry owner
    Suncheon (ex Sunchon) (REPUBLIC OF KOREA) (AFP) - South Korean police say they have found the body of the fugitive business tycoon who headed the family operating the Sewol ferry which sank in April with the loss of around 300 lives. Duration: 00:50
  • Investigators want answers in teen's disappearance
    A 15-year-old North Conway girl missing since October has returned home safely, officials announced Monday.
  • Prince George celebrates his first birthday
    London (UNITED KINGDOM) (AFP) - Britain's Prince George celebrates his first birthday Tuesday, capping a year in which the globetrotting infant became the face of the modern royal family. Duration: 01:18
  • Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border
    Gov. Rick Perry said he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the US illegally. (July 21)
  • Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza
    Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday, a Gaza police official said. (July 22)
  • Phone video of possible shoplifting spree goes viral
    A cellphone video of an apparent shoplifting spree at a Coweta Walmart is making the rounds on social media.
  • Weather Gives Washington Firefighters Hope
    Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history. (July 22)
  • Brooklyn Principal, Boyfriend Charged With Smuggling Heroin Into Prison
    A highly praised school principal is facing up to eight years behind bars after she allegedly participated in a scheme to smuggle drugs into a prison. CBS 2's Tony Aiello reports.
Lepanto City Council discusses unsightly property (07/19/14)
Several unsightly properties topped the agenda for the Lepanto City Council Tuesday night. The council condemned one property and received updates on two others. The council adopted an ordinance condemning a property at 100 Burton Street. The structure was destroyed by fire two years ago and is in close proximity to EPC High School, sitting across the street from the football field...
Fireworks ordinance changes discussed at Marked Tree council meeting (07/18/14)
Among agenda items which included meeting the city sports director and discussing regulations for renting out the armory, the Marked Tree City Council also discussed major changes to the city's fireworks ordinance. Mayor Mary Ann Arnold said the city received several complaints about the hours people are currently allowed to shoot fireworks...
Shinabery's granddaughter named ACH Ambassador (07/18/14)
Anna Shinabery of Jonesboro, the granddaughter of Becky and Randy Shinabery of Marked Tree, was recently named one of Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) Ambassadors of 2014. Born premature, it took seven weeks for doctors to find what was wrong with Shinabery, as she suffered numerous problems that showed no outward signs. She was eventually diagnosed with Kaposiform Hemaginoendotheliomam (KHE), a rare but serious non-cancerous vascular tumor that caused many life-threatening problems...
Blake's big hit! (07/17/14)
Xtra Innings Summer Showcase held at Tomlinson Stadium-Kell Field in Jonesboro.
Representing Poinsett County! (07/17/14)
Local players in action for Fat City baseball team.
Wells, Jr. wins modified event at NEA Speedway (07/17/14)
Trumann's Jeff Wells, Jr. started from the number one position and finished the same way to take home the winners trophy this past weekend at NEA Speedway in Harrisburg. Follwing Wells, Jr. across the finish line were: (2) Tyson Franks, Salado, (3) Wayne Brooks, Bald Knob and (4) Hunter Rasdon, Jonesboro...
Monster Catfish (07/17/14)
Large catfish caught in St. Francis River.
Marked Tree Chamber moving forward on mural (07/17/14)
Marked Tree will soon have a mural at the railroad underpass on Nathan Street. During the Marked Tree Chamber of Commerce's monthly meeting Tuesday, the chamber discussed ideas submitted for the mural. Chamber President Sandy Teague said the city fire department had sprayed and cleaned the underpass. Painting of the base coat for the underpass started Wednesday, and painting of the mural will start after that is finished...
Ivy-Smith Wedding (07/16/14)
Carolyn Ivy of Marked Tree announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter Misty Pope of Jonesboro to Timothy Smith Jr., also of Jonesboro. Misty is the granddaughter of the late Margaret and Willie Chandler Sr. and the late Jeffrey Pope of Marked Tree...
David "Duck" Smith (07/16/14)
TYRONZA -- David "Duck" Smith of Tyronza passed away at his home July 9, 2014 at the age of 70. Mr. Smith was born to Oscar Sheldon Smith and Dena Odell Foster Lambert in Alabama. He was a diesel mechanic and of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter; one sister; and one brother, Bubbles Smith. ...
Alvin Gray (07/16/14)
MARKED TREE - Alvin Glenn Gray, 84, of Marked Tree passed away July 12, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents Finis and Augusta Gray and three siblings. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary P. "Polly" Gray; two daughters Martha Tacker (Ronald) of Jonesboro and Debbie Howard (Jerry) of Tyronza; four grandchildren Keith Tacker (Nikki), Kelly Tacker, Carrie Brewer (Trevor), Justin Howard (Ashley); six great-grandchildren Tanna Tacker, Shelby Tacker, Jordyn Brewer, Brinley Brewer, Parker Howard, Morgan Brewer; one sister Margaret Huss of Bartlett, Tenn; and one brother Finis "Bunky" Gray (Leona) of Poughkeepsie, Ark. ...
Kathy Lucas (07/16/14)
CONWAY - Kathy Lucas, 60, of Conway passed away July 1, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Billy Lucas; her two sons, Billy Lucas Jr. of Marked Tree and William Lucas of Mebane, N.C.; three grandchildren, Bailey Lucas, Dylan Lucas, and Alexandria Lucas; three sisters, Zettie Croney, Kay Brashears, and Bonnie Franks of Marked Tree; two brothers, Mervin Russell of Warrensville, N.C. and Lee Russell of Marked Tree; a sister-in-law, Stella Russell of Proctor; and numerous nieces and nephews...
Robert Dexter (07/16/14)
TYRONZA -- Robert Alvin Dexter of Tyronza departed this life June 15, 2014 at the age of 84 in Searcy at Advanced Care of White County Hospital. He was born November 20, 1929 to Benjamin Franklin and Sarah Evelyn Pickens Dexter. Mr. Dexter was a Veteran of the Korean War. ...
Edna Juanita Whittingham (07/16/14)
TRUMANN - Mrs. Edna Juanita Whittingham, 87, of Trumann died July 6, 2014 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Mrs. Whittingham was born in Lepanto. She was retired from Singer Co. and was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Trumann...
Mary Anderson (07/16/14)
MARKED TREE -- Mary Lee Anderson, 87, of Marked Tree passed away July 1, 2014 at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. She was born to Lee Junior McKinney and Pearl Vaughn Jones. Mrs. Anderson was a homemaker and a member of Gatewood Chapel C.M.E. ...
Weiner hosts intergovernmental meeting (07/15/14)
County and city officials met in Weiner Tuesday for their quarterly Intergovernmental Cooperative Council. The meeting was hosted by the Cardinal Community Service Group in the new Cardinal Community Center, which opened in April. During the mayors' updates, Weiner Mayor Arthur Booth said he appreciated the Cardinal Center and all they have done for the city. ...
Local author publishes children's book (07/15/14)
Amanda Hopkins' mother always told her she should write a children's book, but Hopkins didn't think anyone would be interested. Then she and her husband, Scott, adopted Daisy, who they think is a Beagle, Jack Russell Terrier mix. When Daisy came into their lives, Hopkins knew she should write about her story...
Council passes ordinance on animal confinement (07/15/14)
The subject of dogs has been the topic of several conversations around Trumann lately, from the concern for stray dogs to the care of pet dogs in the summer heat. At the Trumann City Council meeting on Tuesday night, July 15, Mayor Sheila Walters addressed both concerns...
Scenes from Cal Ripken State Tournament (07/10/14)
Delta 11 and 12 year old all-stars teams compete in Cal Ripken State Tournament.
Lady Titans shine in tourney (07/10/14)
The Lady Titans take runner-up in 12U USSSA State Tournament.
Gigging for a Miracle fundraising tourney set (07/10/14)
A frog gigging tournament will be held this Friday night with proceeds going to benefit The Miracle League of Jonesboro. Three-person teams, with an entry fee of $25 per person, will be limited to a total of 20 frogs per team. Each team member must have a valid Arkansas fishing license...
District Tournament Action (07/07/14)
Delta 11's and 12's battle at state tournament!
Delta 7's win district title (07/07/14)
The Delta 7 year-old Machine Pitch All-Stars won the district title this past weekend in Jonesboro. Delta lost their opening game to the Jonesboro 7's 6-4 before coming back to beat the Paragould 7's 7-6 to finish 1-1 in pool play. Delta downed the Blytheville 7's 10-7 before avenging their earlier loss to the Jonesboro 7's with a 9-8 win. The championship game saw Delta beat NEA Central 10-5 to win the title...
Titantic turtle! (07/07/14)
Giant turtle caught in St. Francis river.
East squad downed in all-star football game (07/07/14)
The West all-stars held on for a 23-14 win over the East all-stars in the Arkansas High School All-Star football game this past Friday in Conway. Byron Scales of EPC made the most of his time on defense. Scales intercepted a pass that led to a touchdown and recorded five tackles from his outside linebacker spot...
National Headlines
  • Nigerian president meets parents of abducted girls
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors....
  • Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday....
  • US to present intelligence data on plane crash
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration said Tuesday it would present data from the U.S. intelligence community laying out what's known about the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine....
  • Gaza rocket lands near Israel's main airport
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting at least two American airlines to cancel flights to Israel in a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after last week's attack on a Malaysian jet over Ukraine....
  • Despite crush of children, illegal immigration low
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Border Patrol agents stationed in South Texas are the busiest in the country, arresting tens of thousands of children illegally crossing the border without their parents and thousands more families with children....
  • US airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear
    Two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport....
  • EU imposes new sanctions against Russian officials
    BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union agreed Tuesday to impose new sanctions against officials deemed responsible for Russia's actions in Ukraine, amid mounting international anger after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over rebel-held territory....
  • 2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S....
  • Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide
    DETROIT (AP) -- A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favor of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history....
  • Big milestone for Britain's little prince
    LONDON (AP) -- The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes....