1. The big movies opening this week are “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” a PG-13 entry into this long-running franchise, again starring Tom Cruise; and “Vacation,” an R comedy in the National Lampoon franchise, this time starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate.
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Police served a search warrant Tuesday at an apartment in the 2600 block of South Olive Street and arrested a man on drug charges.
A second suspect has been arrested in an alleged attempted theft from Wal-Mart of items worth $1,444.
A detainee riot Wednesday night at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center adds urgency to the issues of jail overcrowding and a lack of adequate staffing in the jail, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman and the chairman of the Jefferson County Quorum Court Public Safety/Emergency Services Committee.
The Pine Bluff unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in June and is the highest among cities in Arkansas, according to information released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order Thursday making the state Department of Finance and Administration the host agency for the state Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council after federal officials classified the council as “high risk.”
LITTLE ROCK — Metova Inc., a creator of mobile phone applications, said Thursday it will add 100 jobs in downtown Conway.
LITTLE ROCK — The governor’s task force on the Common Core State Standards recommended Thursday that Arkansas keep Common Core for now but said Gov. Asa Hutchinson should order a comprehensive review of the standards with the goal of revising and replacing them as needed.
Seymour (Monkevis Edwards) and Mushnik (Martin Carty) check out a strange little plant called Audrey II during the musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas production will continue Friday and Saturday. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are priced between $20 and $24 and can be ordered from www.asc701.org or by calling 870-536-3375. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Stephen Simpson)
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Thursday she has hired Lee Rudofsky as Arkansas solicitor general.