A detainee riot Wednesday night at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center adds urgency to the issues of jail overcrowding and a lack of adequate staffing in the jail, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman and the chairman of the Jefferson County Quorum Court Public Safety/Emergency Services Committee.
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The Pine Bluff unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in June and is the highest among cities in Arkansas, according to information released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order Thursday making the state Department of Finance and Administration the host agency for the state Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council after federal officials classified the council as “high risk.”
LITTLE ROCK — Metova Inc., a creator of mobile phone applications, said Thursday it will add 100 jobs in downtown Conway.
LITTLE ROCK — The governor’s task force on the Common Core State Standards recommended Thursday that Arkansas keep Common Core for now but said Gov. Asa Hutchinson should order a comprehensive review of the standards with the goal of revising and replacing them as needed.
Seymour (Monkevis Edwards) and Mushnik (Martin Carty) check out a strange little plant called Audrey II during the musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas production will continue Friday and Saturday. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are priced between $20 and $24 and can be ordered from www.asc701.org or by calling 870-536-3375. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Stephen Simpson)
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Thursday she has hired Lee Rudofsky as Arkansas solicitor general.
A grand opening celebration for the newest Dollar General, 901 S. Blake St., will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. The first 250 adult shoppers will receive a free gift.
Shelby Free, three-time world duck-calling champion, visits 4th District U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, at Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Free, a Stuttgart native, was a guest of Ducks Unlimited, which participated in a Wildlife Expo on Capitol Hill. She showed off her skills to members of Congress and their staffs. First District U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, was among congressmen who came to meet Free and gave her a warm welcome. (Special to The Commercial)
The Pine Bluff School Board will hold a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the boardroom of the administrative center, 512 S. Pine St.