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Fire officials urge safety for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day tops the charts as one of the peak days for home cooking fires. Cooking is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries across the country. Deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Cooking fires are easily preventable.

2015 budget balancing act a tough one

Expenses continue to grow as 2015 city budget negotiations continue, meaning the Pine Bluff City Council may have to make some last-minute cuts or reduce its annual contribution to the reserve fund in order to balance the budget.