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State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate remains at a record low, coming in at 3.8 percent in May. 

p>The jobless rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from April's numbers. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says there were 51,773 unemployed people in Arkansas in May. That continues a steady decrease from February 2011, when a record 114,892 people were unemployed in the state.

Democratic Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge says he supports efforts to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns, as Republican Sen. John Boozman's campaign accused his challenger of politicizing the mass shooting in Orlando.

Eldridge joined Democrats' call for new gun legislation following the 15-hour filibuster led by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy that ended early Thursday in response to the shooting at a gay nightclub that killed 49 people.

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Arkansas Dept. of Correction

A convicted Arkansas killer who escaped while on work detail has been captured.

A spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Correction says the 40-year-old Lloyd Jones was caught Thursday just after 3 p.m. Spokesman Solomon Graves said no other information would be immediately released.

Jones disappeared Monday while on a work detail at the East Arkansas Unit at Brickeys, about 120 miles east of Little Rock.

Jones was serving a 60-year sentence after being convicted of strangling 16-year-old Angela Allen and stuffing her body into a barrel.

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The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees has voted to move ahead with a $160 million expansion of Razorback Stadium, one that will add approximately 4,800 seats and enclose the north end zone of the stadium in addition to other upgrades and renovations.

By an 8-2 vote Thursday, the board approved the plan, which also includes the rebuilding of the Broyles Athletic Center, the building that houses the athletic department's administrative offices and football museum.

The American Counseling Association says it's opposed to an effort in Arkansas to allow counselors to refer clients to another provider if they have a religious objection to treating them.

Art Terrazas, the association's director of government affairs, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the group is concerned about the rule proposed the state Board of Examiners in Counseling. The proposed rule won initial approval from lawmakers this week, and is expected to go before the Legislative Council on Friday.

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Houston-based Plains & Eastern Clean Line expressed disappointment with the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ approval on Wednesday of legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, that could halt one of the largest renewable energy infrastructure projects in recent U.S. history.

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Arkansas is spending $400,000 to offer an online program to middle school students around the state aimed at raising interest in computer science and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced the grant from the state Department of Education to provide the Learning Blade program to middle school students in the upcoming school year. Hutchinson said he'll ask the Legislature to include the funding for the program in the budget in future years.

Southern Baptists are one of the most reliably Republican religious groups in the U.S.

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Arkansas Dept. of Correction

The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the capture of a convicted Arkansas killer who escaped while on a prison work crew.

The FBI in Little Rock announced the reward Wednesday for help in arresting 40-year-old Lloyd Jones.

The Arkansas Department of Correction says Jones disappeared Monday while on a work detail at the East Arkansas Unit at Brickeys, about 120 miles east of Little Rock. Department spokesman Solomon Graves said prison guards noticed Jones was missing from a work crew around noon.