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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)

UAM social work program receives award

Andre Lewis, right, director of the social work program and assistant professor of social work at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and Marie Jenkins, assistant professor of social work and field education director, accept an award at the National Association of Social Workers’ state conference at North Little Rock. UAM social work students and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences were honored for winning a statewide competition for the largest increase in NASW membership. (Special to The Commercial)