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Lawmakers pass budget; Highway session to start May 19

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Legislature gave final approval Thursday to a $5.3 billion budget for the next fiscal year, completing the regular business of the fiscal session — but lawmakers will have more work to do later this month in a special session on highway funding and other issues.

Correction

In the Wednesday edition of The Commercial, the article “Arsenal’s Pine Haven Golf Course to close May 30” incorrectly spelled the name of the arsenal’s division chief of recreation services, Carla Easterling. Also, the article stated that the golf equipment would be sold in “still” bids. It should have read “sealed” bids. Finally, all of the quotes in the article should have been attributed to Easterling.

AG warns consumers about home solicitations

Door-to-door salespeople are hitting the streets, selling home improvement projects, home security systems, newspapers, magazines and much more. Sometimes they use high-pressure sales tactics, and occasionally the salesperson misrepresents the products they are selling.

Day of Prayer

Kayla Derrick, left, and Erin Sanders of the New Creation Dance Company of Little Rock perform at the state Capitol on Thursday as part of a program observing the National Day of Prayer. (Special to the Arkansas News Bureau/Dale Ellis)