A circuit judge says Pine Bluff shouldn't have its mayoral election until 2016, ruling in favor with the city's mayor.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Thursday that Circuit Judge Ted Capehart granted a request by Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth to keep the city's election in 2016.
Hollingsworth was elected to a four-year term in 2012. She sued last month, after the Jefferson County Election Commission decided to add former Mayor Carl Redus to the May primary ballot for his old job.
As of Thursday, 74 people have died in Arkansas from flu-related ailments, making it the deadliest flu season in modern recorded history, according to the state Department of Health.
“This was a very bad season, maybe our worst since 1919, since the 1918 Pandemic flu. We don’t know that for sure, because we don’t have great records for the first three or four decades of the 1900’s, but it’s certainly the worst on record. The worst on record that we’ve had good data on,” said Dr. Dirk Haselow, the state epidemiologist.
Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker has quit his job at the University of Central Arkansas.
The college said Wednesday that Baker had left his $132,000-job as the president's executive assistant. A reason wasn't given.
Baker's departure came the same day the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock reported that Baker's former political consultant, Don Thomas, had denied being involved with political action committees that donated money to a circuit judge under investigation. Two of the PACs list Thomas as an officer.
Two lawsuits have been filed challenging the eligibility of two people running for separate judgeships in Faulkner County.
The lawsuits allege that candidate Angela Byrd and current Circuit Judge H.G. Foster are ineligible for the ballot because both had their law licenses temporarily suspended for not paying annual state-bar fees.
A series of public meetings are being held around Arkansas, as officials work to develop a state plan to improve bicycle and pedestrian availability.
“I think our main goal is to find out from the people what are some of the bike and pedestrian issues," Robert Patten, a national planner with Toole Design Group, told a small gathering Wednesday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
He said they're considering issues like safety and access for people wanting to be able to bicycle in areas that may not have dedicated lanes or bike trails.
Revenue numbers released Wednesday show collections over $43 million above forecast. John Shellnutt, an economist with the Department of Finance and Administration, said key areas showed significant change compared to the previous month and same time period last year.