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Proposal to limit use of TANF benefits stalls

LITTLE ROCK — Proposals to restrict how Arkansans can spend welfare benefits and create a new way to appeal decisions of the Capitol Zoning District Commission in Little Rock stalled in the Joint Budget Committee on Thursday, but the sponsors could try again with the measures next week.

Roundup: Operation Mother’s Day dubbed success

Rounding up deadbeat parents who don’t pay child support has become an annual tradition for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and it continued Wednesday and Thursday as 15 people who had active warrants were rounded up and booked in the adult detention center.

Pastors Day

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, left, welcomes pastors and their families from around the state Wednesday as he kicks off Pastors Day at the Capitol, an event sponsored by the Christian conservative Family Council. Seated behind him are Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Family Council President Jerry Cox. The event was intended to give religious leaders an overview of how government works at the state level, according to the Family Council. (Special to the Arkansas News Bureau/Dale Ellis)

Nettye Johnson to sign book, make presentation

Nettye Johnson — a certified health coach, Christian educator and professional speaker — will sign her book, “Put Your Faith Where Your Fork Is,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Ephesus Christian Bookstore & Heritage Fashions Boutique, 901 W. Sixth Ave.

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Weather cancels UAPB weekend games

After his team’s Southwestern Athletic Conference series with Southern University was canceled due to already fallen rain and expected rain through the weekend, Arkansas-Pine Bluff baseball coach Carlos James did something few coaches, in any sport, would ever do: He admitted his focus isn’t on his team’s next game.

Pine Bluff officially hires boys, girls basketball coaches

After two very different searches, Pine Bluff officially filled its vacancies for head boys basketball with Billy Dixon and head girls basketball with Alexandra Hart during Thursday night’s school board meeting, athletics director Bobby Bolding confirmed on Friday.

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Toole, Townsend wed

Blecken Pavilion at the Memphis Botanic Garden was the setting for the garden wedding of Dr. Emily Lynn Toole and Mr. Tyler Brett Townsend on April 2, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Birth

Bria Compton and Kavon White of Sherwood gave birth to a baby girl, Kensley Renee White, on April 23. She weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces. Her grandparents are Cynthia and William Hart of Pine Bluff; Angela and Edward Ward of Pine Bluff; Kevin and Jonda White of Little Rock; and Greg and Ann Compton of Pine Bluff.

Dance studio set to open at The Pines mall

A new hip-hop and praise dance studio called Dancing with Purpose is scheduled to open its doors to the public on Tuesday, June 7. The studio will be located at The Pines mall, 2901 Pines Mall Drive.

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