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Correction

An article in the Wednesday edition of The Commercial about a Tuesday night political forum incorrectly attributed a quote on the city’s improving crime statistics. The quote came from incumbent Ward 3 Alderman Bill Brumett.

Arkansas state parties reap national cash

WASHINGTON — The Arkansas Democratic and Republican state parties have received more than $7 million from their national affiliates this campaign cycle largely to help bolster the election efforts of candidates running for U.S. Senate and Congress.

Fire Near 3rd and Blake

Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services firefighters respond to a trailer fire at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday near Third Avenue and Blake Street. Fire officials at the scene said no one was injured and the trailer appeared to be abandoned. The window facing the street was broken out, and the house next door was a burned-out structure. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Amy Widner)

Campaign Stop

Nina Taggart, right, enjoys a doughnut while listening to Frank Gilbert, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor, who was campaigning Wednesday in Pine Bluff. Gilbert said his party is ‘building for the future: after fielding 27 candidates for office this year.’ (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)

Food safety inspections 10-25-14

The Arkansas Department of Health regulates the sale of food at establishments which include restaurants, bars, daycares, schools, grocery stores, convenience stores, bed and breakfast facilities, hotels/motels, mobile units and concession stands. Inspections are made unannounced by environmental health specialists.

EQIP grant deadline approaches

Arkansas farmers and landowners have until Nov. 21 to sign up for financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the 2015 year, said Henry English, head of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

EAST Initiative awards grants

LITTLE ROCK – The EAST Initiative will award more than $4,000 in advanced technical training to two EAST Core schools for educational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) projects — including one in Star City.