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Fort Smith stays on top, PB on bottom of Business Index

Aug 18, 2014 7:08pm

FORT SMITH — Fort Smith remained on top of the Arkansas Tech Business Index for May, while Pine Bluff remained at the bottom of the list despite showing an increase in its score.

Eleven of...


Group backing minimum wage hike submits more signatures

Aug 18, 2014 7:08pm

LITTLE ROCK — A group seeking to place on the November ballot an initiated act to raise the state minimum wage submitted what it said were 69,070 additional signatures in support of the measure to...

Plaintiffs in state-court challenge to gay marriage ban argue against stay

Aug 18, 2014 7:08pm

LITTLE ROCK — A pending challenge to Utah’s ban on gay marriage does not justify putting a hold on a challenge to Arkansas’ ban, according to attorneys for same-sex couples who brought the...

Arkansas prison inmate found dead in cell

Aug 18, 2014 7:08pm

LITTLE ROCK — An inmate at Varner SuperMax in Grady, Arkansas’ highest-security prison, was found dead in his cell early Monday, the state Department of Correction said.

Steven E. Hill Jr...

Whirlpool negotiates for contamination testing at Fort Smith youth club

Aug 18, 2014 7:08pm

FORT SMITH — Whirlpool Corp. is negotiating with the state to test property owned by the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club for contamination.

A portion of Whirlpool’s now-closed plant on...

Arkansas unemployment at 6.2 percent in July

Aug 18, 2014 6:08pm

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in July, according to labor statistics released Monday.

The state Department of Workforce Services said a month ago that 6.2...

Martin repays Benton County for improperly claimed tax credits

Aug 18, 2014 6:08pm

LITTLE ROCK — Secretary of State Mark Martin on Monday paid Benton County $2,100 for improperly taking a homestead tax credit on two houses at the same time.

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Aug 18, 2014 6:08pm

A police brief in the Wednesday edition of The Commercial included the incorrect age and bond amount for the suspect. Jeffery Scott Taylor is 54 and his bond was $10,000.


Pine Bluff parents bring children back to school

Aug 18, 2014 7:08pm

Parents walked their children into Southwood Elementary School on a stormy Monday morning during the first day of class on this campus and throughout Jefferson County.

Principal Alfred...

Police reports

Aug 18, 2014 6:08pm

On Aug. 5 at 5:35 p.m., an accident was reported on the parking lot of Cranford’s Fresh World at 8503 Dollarway Road.

Constance Smith of Pine Bluff said she had driven to the store, parked...