Benton and Franklin counties collaborate on several bicounty operations, including the superior court district, human services and juvenile justice.
Benton and Franklin counties collaborate on several bicounty operations, including the superior court district, human services and juvenile justice. Tri-City Herald file
Benton and Franklin counties collaborate on several bicounty operations, including the superior court district, human services and juvenile justice. Tri-City Herald file

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