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Lawmakers pass budget; Highway session to start May 19

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Legislature gave final approval Thursday to a $5.3 billion budget for the next fiscal year, completing the regular business of the fiscal session — but lawmakers will have more work to do later this month in a special session on highway funding and other issues.

Correction

In the Wednesday edition of The Commercial, the article “Arsenal’s Pine Haven Golf Course to close May 30” incorrectly spelled the name of the arsenal’s division chief of recreation services, Carla Easterling. Also, the article stated that the golf equipment would be sold in “still” bids. It should have read “sealed” bids. Finally, all of the quotes in the article should have been attributed to Easterling.

AG warns consumers about home solicitations

Door-to-door salespeople are hitting the streets, selling home improvement projects, home security systems, newspapers, magazines and much more. Sometimes they use high-pressure sales tactics, and occasionally the salesperson misrepresents the products they are selling.

Furry friends

Pine Bluff Police Officer Hodges Stewart holds Bear, a 1-and-a-half year-old male Shih Tzu puppy that was turned in to the shelter Monday afternoon. Stewart said the owner of the dog was an elderly lady who could not take care of Bear anymore and brought him and another dog to the shelter. ‘That’s really smart,’ he said. ‘We can try to get them adopted or rescued by someone.’ (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)