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Westerman fills out staff

WASHINGTON — Rep.-elect Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, has filled out his Congressional staff on Thursday, announcing seven new hires who will work out of district offices in Arkansas.


An article published Friday about Pine Bluff Ward 3 Alderman Bill Brumett recommending Pine Bluff municipal employees receive bonuses misstated the source of the money. It would come from the general fund. Money budgeted to be put into the city’s reserve fund for 2014 was reduced last year to allow funds for city health insurance in 2014. There was a proposal as part of the 2015 budgeting process to put $283,000 in the reserve fund to make up for what was not put in the reserve in 2014. Under Brumett’s proposal, a portion of that money would be used instead to fund the bonuses.

Felony charges filed

Felony charges were filed during the past week against the following individuals by Eleventh Judicial District-West Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter. Listed below are the names and addresses of the defendants, the charges filed against them, the investigating agency and the bond amount if any.