Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth discussed the state of the city Friday as a guest speaker with the Pine Bluff Downtown Lions Club at its weekly meeting at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate voted Friday to approve a bill that supporters say will protect religious freedoms and opponents say will protect discrimination.
LITTLE ROCK — Legislative leaders on Friday unveiled a nearly $5.2 billion budget plan that is similar to the proposed budget Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveiled in January, but with money carved out for a capital gains tax cut and a rainy day fund.
A report of a home invasion robbery Thursday at a house on the east side of Pine Bluff resulted in the arrest of three people by Pine Bluff police.
The Arkansas State Police will be conducting a driver’s license clinic on at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Division One of Jefferson County District Court to help people pass the Arkansas Driver’s License test.
Although Pine Bluff police in recent months have made a number of arrests for business robberies, the numbers so far this year exceed those of a year ago, so police are offering a number of tips for business owners and employees to help them reduce their chance of becoming a victim.
A $10,000 bond was set Friday for a woman who allegedly hit her boyfriend in the head early Friday morning after an altercation.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.5 percent in February, according to labor statistic released Friday.
Felony charges were filed during the past two weeks against the following individuals by Eleventh Judicial District-West Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter. Listed below are the names and addresses of the defendants, the charges filed against them, the investigating agency and the bond amount if any.
Dozens of tuna have died at the Tokyo Sea Life Park, leaving workers fishing for answers.
As details emerge about Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, the question of why the 28-year-old would deliberately bring down the plane remains unanswered.
LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday named Florida economic development official Mike Preston as the new director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
LITTLE ROCK — State legislators gave final passage Thursday to two bills addressing “re-homing” and advanced bills on executions and lottery-funded college scholarships.
LITTLE ROCK — A House committee on Thursday advanced a bill to create a pilot program to drug test participants in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.
WASHINGTON — A high-powered panel of witnesses — including Little Rock businessman Scott Ford — urged the Senate on Thursday to reject a proposal that would have cut in half U.S. foreign aid that is improving the health and well-being for Africa’s poorest people. The Senate obliged.
LITTLE ROCK — A bill to make calling for or participating in an improper executive session a Class A misdemeanor cleared a House committee Thursday.
Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson plans to ask the Jefferson County Quorum Court to revise a 1995 ordinance dealing with vicious animals in the wake of the death of a man who was mauled by a pack of pit bulls last week.
LITTLE ROCK — An advocacy group on Thursday called on state lawmakers and Gov. Asa Hutchinson to reject a bill it said would send a message to businesses that Arkansas is an intolerant, unwelcoming place to do business.
Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson is the fifth county elected official to have been charged with a crime since 2003.
Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth ordered the reopening of Main Street on Thursday morning between Fourth and Fifth avenues, one month after two buildings in the block collapsed.
Christopher Calvert, a Watson Chapel High School student, poses with state Sen. Stephanie Flowers of Pine Bluff. Calvert served as an Arkansas State Senate page for Flowers in spring 2015. Calvert is the son of Michael Calvert and Lee Case of Pine Bluff. (Special to The Commercial)
LITTLE ROCK — A bill to let local entities decide whether to add fluoride to public drinking water supplies failed to clear a Senate committee Wednesday.
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas House voted Wednesday to approve a capital gains tax cut, new restrictions on abortion and expanded authority for advanced-practice registered nurses.
LITTLE ROCK — For at least another two years the state of Arkansas will continue the dual celebration of the birthdays of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee after a bill to separate the two holidays was voted down in a House committee Wednesday.
Pine Bluff police have released photographs of a car they believe was linked to the shooting death of Christopher Pridgeon on March 18.
Ellis Panell of 2001 Claud Road reported seeing a purple martin at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Pine Bluff elected officials postponed a planning session meeting Wednesday because an alderman had an emergency involving dental care, Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said.
New construction is taking shape in a commercial area along Mallard Loop, next to a building leased by Blue Cross Blue Shield.
LITTLE ROCK — A Senate committee on Wednesday rejected a bill that would allow some employers to demand access to employees’ social media accounts, a bill that is opposed by Facebook.
Children riding a four-wheel vehicle crashed Wednesday in the Watson Chapel area and one child suffered an injury, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr. said.
Jefferson County Clerk Patricia R. Johnson was arrested Wednesday afternoon on multiple charges stemming from an investigation by the Arkansas State Police that began last year.