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Lawmakers wrap up special session

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Legislature wrapped up a three-day special session Thursday, sending bills containing all of the items on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s agenda to his desk — despite last-minute efforts to block a measure to change the date of the state’s primary elections.

Water World

Water floods Regional Park on Thursday afternoon as a thunderstorm drops rain on an already saturated landscape. Hydrologists are expecting the Arkansas River at Pine Bluff to rise until Friday night or early Saturday morning. Regional Park is closed because of the flooding. If the river crests as high as hydrologists are expecting, it would be the fifth-highest flood level in Pine Bluff’s recorded history. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)

Sowers still at large

A Pine Bluff man who was part of a four-state investigation targeting prescription drug trafficking that resulted in the arrest of 280 people was still at large Thursday.

Troopers involved in vehicle chase Thursday

Arkansas State Trooper Chris Barnett left, Lt. David Sims and Trooper Zack Varnell look over a vehicle in a ditch Thursday afternoon in the 5300 block of Smart Street. The driver of the vehicle allegedly refused to stop for Barnett and a chase resulted. Sims said that after the vehicle ran into the ditch, the driver and passenger fled on foot, with the driver jumping two fences and running through a wooded area before entering a house. The driver was found hiding in a back room of the house and another trooper who was coming to assist Barnett arrested the passenger at a nearby house. The names of the two people in the vehicle and the possible charges were not immediately available. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)

House Fire

Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services firefighters extinguish a house fire Thursday evening at 1302 Silver Fox Lane. No one was injured in the incident and the homeowner was not home at the time of the fire. At the scene, several windows were broken out and extensive fire damage was visible to the western end of the inside of the house. Multiple neighbors had seen smoke coming from the home and called 911 to alert the authorities. The cause of the fire was under investigation. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Amy Widner)