PB unemployment rose in June

Pine Bluff’s June unemployment rate rose to 10.7 percent from the 10.1 percent reading for May, according to data released Wednesday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

UAPB to restart RN-to-BSN nursing program

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff intends to restart its program for registered nurses to earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree in January 2015, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Jacquelyn McCray said Tuesday.

Correction

An article about a letter carrier who was recognized for reporting a fire published Tuesday included the incorrect name of a suspect who was arrested in connection with the fire. The suspect is William Courtney II.

News

Biomass company to open plant in Monticello

LITTLE ROCK — Houston-based Zilkha Biomass Energy said Wednesday it will spend $90 million to open a biomass wood pellet manufacturing plant in Monticello that will employ 52 people.

Sports

PB’s McGehee switches to ASU

JONESBORO — Former Pine Buff football player Austin McGehee announced Tuesday that he will be joining Arkansas State this fall, after signing with Purdue in February.

Will anyone challenge quarterback Brandon Allen?

LITTLE ROCK — Although Brandon Allen’s 2013 statistics were so-so at best, the only way to drum up a quarterback controversy at Arkansas is to apply a conspiracy theory to a blurb about A.J. Derby.

Accent

Daughter should speak with doctor about emotional issues

Q. My daughter had her first child a month ago. She shows little interest in the baby, and even less in her husband. Is this post-partum? She had problems with depression when she was in high school and college, and I’m afraid they are returning. How can we help her?

Pine Bluff Art League to hear program on face painting

Pine Bluff artist, Christie Baugh, will be the guest speaker for the meeting of the Pine Bluff Art League to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 in the A&B meeting room at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. Attendees are asked to use the Third Avenue entrance.

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