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Furry friends

Pine Bluff Police Officer Hodges Stewart holds Bear, a 1-and-a-half year-old male Shih Tzu puppy that was turned in to the shelter Monday afternoon. Stewart said the owner of the dog was an elderly lady who could not take care of Bear anymore and brought him and another dog to the shelter. ‘That’s really smart,’ he said. ‘We can try to get them adopted or rescued by someone.’ (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ is a by-the-numbers biopic

“The Man Who Knew Infinity” tells the fictionalized true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a brilliant unschooled mathematician whose work changed the field. Let me stop you before you say “A Beautiful Mind” or “The Imitation Game.” This biopic, from writer-director Matthew Brown, is a dutiful effort that never quite adds up to those vastly superior efforts.

UAPB dorms to expand to keep pace with student growth

Dorms at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff are bursting at the seams thanks to an ever-increasing student population. To help ease the growing pains, university officials are in the early stages of renovating and adding 200 rooms to the female-only Delta Housing Complex.

Lt. Gov.: Arkansas needs to work harder on economic development

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin said Tuesday that the state has to work harder to compete with the rest of the nation if it’s going to grow economically in the 21st century. Griffin’s main talking points at the Coffee with the Chiefs event, which is hosted by Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc., dealt with Arkansas’ economy and ways he thinks it can be improved.

Four finalists for PB superintendent named

A former Van Buren superintendent, an Arkansas state education official and a candidate each from Texas and Maryland are the four finalists for Pine Bluff School District superintendent, the Pine Bluff School Board heard from consultants Tuesday.

Trotter Ford opens up shop in new facilities

Two years ago, H. Ford Trotter III stood on an empty lot off of Interstate 530 and Old Warren Road with a mound of dirt in one hand and a dream in the other. The president of Trotter Ford-Lincoln had just closed a deal to purchase the property and was in the early stages of planning a new dealership for his family’s car business.

Crime stats up, led by assaults

Led mostly by aggravated and simple assaults, reported crimes in the city increased by more than 15 percent from February to March, according to statistics released Monday by the Pine Bluff Police Department. There were 400 total reported crimes last month, compared to 345 in February. There were 338 reported crimes in March 2015.

Railroad fascination

Nathan Brown, 10, of Little Rock was just one of many people who used their phones to take pictures of model trains during the 21st annual Raidroadiana Show and Sale on Saturday at the Arkansas Railroad Museum. The event was sponsored by the Cotton Belt Historical Society and featured 30 vendors from nine states who had model trains, equipment, books and railroad memorabilia for sale. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)