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Hearing

The Clinton Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing for a conditional use permit at 333 Main St., Clinton, at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at City Hall. Project Surge has requested the permit to open a day care at the location of the old Eoff Furniture building. The meeting is open to the public and comments are welcome. Call 745-8110 for more information.

Quorum Court

The Van Buren County Quorum Court holds its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, in the Quorum Court room of the Courthouse Annex on Highway 65 South, Clinton. The meeting is open to the public.

Settled

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Tuesday that he has reached a settlement with New Jersey-based National Police Defense Foundation to resolve allegations that the organization misled Arkansas donors into believing their contributions benefited Arkansas emergency responders.

In a consent agreement filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, the foundation agreed to pay $120,000 in restitution to consumers and to permanently stop all professional fundraising activities in Arkansas.

“NPDF has been identified as one of the nation’s 50 worst charities, and the organization demonstrated its failings in Arkansas through its deceptive efforts to make consumers believe their money was going to police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders,” McDaniel said. He said only $500 actually went to charities.

McDaniel sued NPDF and USA Publishing Group Inc. of Conway in July 2013. NPDF retained USA Publishing to solicit donations from Arkansas consumers. The suit is still pending against USA Publishing and its owners, William Parker and Kathleen Parker.

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