Legislative leaders unveil proposed budget

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.

Police offer tips to reduce business robberies

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.

Felony charges filed

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.

Calvert serves as page in state senate

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)

Bill to end dual King, Lee holidays fails again

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.

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Arkansas Master Gardener program accepting applications

LITTLE ROCK — If you’re looking to take your green thumb to the next level, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener program is now accepting applications to become a trained volunteer. Participants will be given the training to sharpen their horticultural skills and the mission to share their knowledge with others.

5K Run/Walk set at Regional Park

A 5K Run/Walk Celebration will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Regional Park. The registration fee is $15 and includes a T-shirt. The sanctioned runners entry fee is $20.

Brumett apologizes for remarks

Editor’s Note: The following is an unedited letter from Alderman Bill Brumett concerning accusations that he intentionally called J.C. Cunningham “Cooninham” on Facebook. The local branch of the NAACP has called a press conference for Tuesday where they intend to ask Brumett to apologize on the same social media forum where the comments took place.

Sports

Hogs still awaiting Portis, Qualls decisions

FAYETTEVILLE — The mood in the basement level of Bud Walton Arena was chipper Friday. An April visitation may have been preferable for Mike Anderson, but considering the circumstances, the air was lighter than it has been in three previous years in early spring.

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McAlmont DAR chapter hears report on Arkansas archaeology

Robert Scott presented the program “Exciting New Discoveries by the Arkansas Archaeological Survey” to the Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at its March meeting, held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

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