The Pine Bluff School Board of Directors approved a motion Thursday to conduct a national search for the district’s next superintendent.
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After deliberating for less than an hour Thursday, a Federal Court jury at Little Rock found the self-styled ambassador of the Conch Republic guilty of pretending to be a diplomat and of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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.
LITTLE ROCK — Former reality TV star Josh Duggar resigned Thursday from his position as executive director of the lobbying arm of the conservative Family Research Council amid reports that as a young teenager he allegedly molested several young girls, including some of his sisters.
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)
As part of the celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Health Center held a reception Thursday afternoon in an effort to raise awareness of mental health issues.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas death-row inmate Kenneth Isom is entitled to a new court hearing, a divided Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
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)
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a man’s conviction of driving while intoxicated, rejecting his argument that his blood was tested illegally without his consent.
LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he will ask legislators during next week’s special session to approve an $87.1 million bond issue to help Lockheed Martin land a military contract that could bring 600 new jobs to southern Arkansas.