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MINIMUM WAGE-ARKANSAS

Wage petitions need at least 15K more signatures

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas election officials say a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage needs at least 15,107 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Wednesday released the number of signatures the petitions needed for Give Arkansas a Raise Now to win a spot on the ballot. Martin's office on Friday told the group it needed more signatures, but did not yet have an exact figure.

The group has been given until Aug. 18 to submit additional petitions.

The proposal would gradually raise Arkansas minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017.

HIGHWAY-DOWNED POWER LINES

US 67/167 reopens after downed lines close road

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Traffic is flowing again on a busy central Arkansas highway that was closed because of downed power lines.

Arkansas State Police say a truck hit power lines at about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. 67/167 in Pulaski County. The highway was closed in both directions between Kiehl Avenue and Interstate 440, but reopened by about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Traffic had been at a standstill during the morning commute.

Entergy Arkansas reports about 500 customers without electricity in the area because of the incident.

SHOOTING-GARLAND COUNTY

Garland Co. sheriff says man shot by grandfather

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Garland County police say a man was shot by his grandfather this week after an argument inside a home.

The Garland County Sheriff's Department says the 26-year-old grandson was airlifted to a hospital after he was shot once in his abdomen Tuesday by his 68-year-old grandfather.

Police say the two were arguing in the kitchen when the younger man threatened his grandfather with a knife and charged at him.

Officers say they don't know what started the argument between the men and that charges haven't been filed.

The department says an investigation is ongoing.

HOSPITAL TAX

Mississippi County court OKs hospital tax vote

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Mississippi County residents will go to the polls in October to vote on a new half-cent sales tax to help the county hospital system.

The Blytheville Courier News reports that the Mississippi County Quorum Court passed a resolution Tuesday night to support holding a vote on Oct. 14.

Justice Michael White says it's important to note that the court approving the vote does not mean it is endorsing the tax.

If approved, the tax would begin Jan. 1 and last for five years. It would net the hospital between $12 million and $15 million during that time.

The hospital board president says the funds would be used to recruit doctors and renovate the Blytheville and Osceola facilities. The idea is to get the system in shape to be sold or leased.

HUNTINGTON MAYOR-FIRE CHIEF

Arkansas fire chief tapped as city's new mayor

HUNTINGTON, Ark. (AP) - A western Arkansas city council has chosen its fire chief to serve as mayor after its previous mayor resigned last month.

The Southwest Times Record reports 65-year-old Craig Cotner resigned in June as Huntington's mayor, citing his health.

The city council unanimously chose 47-year-old Gary Lawrence this week to be mayor. He had served as the city's fire chief. Huntington firefighter Duane Logsdon has been appointed fire chief to replace Lawrence.

The mayoral position is a four-year term and has previously paid a $14,400 yearly salary. Lawrence says he plans on officially running for the job in the Nov. 4 election.

The city's recorder and treasurer says the council has not talked yet about Lawrence's salary as mayor.

MARSHALS COIN

US Mint unveils Marshals Museum coin designs

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Officials with the U.S. Mint have unveiled the three commemorative coins that will be sold next year to raise money for a planned $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum in western Arkansas.

The coins were revealed Wednesday at the Justice Department in Washington. The coins mark the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service and go on sale next year, ahead of the planned 2017 opening of the new museum in Fort Smith.

The $5 coin memorializes marshals who have died in the line of service. The $1 coin honors the agency's frontier history, with the back of the coin showing a U.S. Marshal with a poster that says "Wanted in Ft. Smith."

The half dollar coin focuses on the agency's diverse missions and features depictions of current and past U.S. Marshals.

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