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Escaped inmate Buffington turns himself in

1 p.m. UPDATE: From ADC spokeswoman Shea Wilson: “At about 11:30 a.m. an individual approached an Arkansas State Police roadblock at Highway 10 and Highway 60 west of Boonville. The individual stated he had seen a man who might match the description of the escapee. The individual reported he had seen the suspected escapee only a short distance away along Butler Road.

Tower Talk

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor Laurence Alexander spoke with students Tuesday on campus in what he plans to be a new tradition called the Tower Talk. The Alexander provided encouraging words to the students and there were also door prizes and music. (Special to The Commercial)

Fire chief takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Pine Bluff Fire Chief Shawn Howell completes the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. The challenge was started by the ALS Foundation as a way to raise awareness about the disease and increase donations for the ALS Association. Several area law enforcement officers took the challenge last week.

Witt attends community event

James Lee Witt, Democratic candidate for 4th District congressman, left, talks to Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services employees Christopher Geiggar, Steven Rice and Harold Clark Wednesday. Witt met with Pine Bluff Democratic leaders as well as fire fighters and law enforcement officers at the Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Headquarters at Jefferson Square. This was the third community conversation Witt has had in Pine Bluff.

Gov. Christie backs Hutchinson

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas is the Republican Party’s “No. 1 pickup opportunity in the country,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday while visiting Arkansas to stump for Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson.

Pryor defends Ebola ad

LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., on Wednesday defended his decision to release a television ad this week that accuses Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton of Dardanelle of voting to weaken the nation’s preparedness for a possible Ebola outbreak.