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John Worthen

State Desk Reporter - Pine Bluff Bureau

State Desk Reporter - Pine Bluff Bureau

Recent Stories by John Worthen

UAPB reviving program for RNs

posted: 07/30/2014 4:38 a.m. Discuss

Since the state Board of Nursing shut down the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s nursing program last year because of underachievement, the school has been working nonstop to try to restore it.

PB awaits OK to raze structure

posted: 07/29/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF -- Pine Bluff officials are waiting for a structural engineer's report on a vacant building that partially collapsed downtown on Friday before deciding if it needs to be razed.

PB officials troubled over shared ZIP code with White Hall

posted: 07/28/2014 3:51 a.m. Discuss

Several Pine Bluff aldermen are voicing concerns over a shared ZIP code between Pine Bluff and neighboring White Hall, saying that about 12,000 Pine Bluff residents are possibly being counted as residents of White Hall or rural Jefferson County despite U.S. Census Bureau assurances that's not the case.

PB Main Street shut by building collapse

posted: 07/26/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Main Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues in downtown Pine Bluff was blocked off after the rear portion of an aging three-story building partially collapsed Friday afternoon.

Rejection of firm rankles county judge

posted: 07/21/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF -- Jefferson County Judge Dutch King said he is frustrated with Quorum Court members after they failed to hire a "highly recommended" emergency preparedness firm last week to create a hazard mitigation plan for the county.

Death penalty weighed in PB

posted: 07/16/2014 3:42 a.m. Discuss

Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter said he is reviewing evidence before deciding whether to seek the death penalty in the case of a Mississippi man accused of killing two people last week just outside Pine Bluff.

Escapee still dodging searchers

posted: 07/15/2014 3:15 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF -- Ruby Jenkins hasn't had a decent night's sleep since June 21, the day a convicted murderer escaped from the Arkansas Department of Correction's Pine Bluff Unit with a shotgun in hand.

Violent crimes in PB down, but 2 events alarm

posted: 07/14/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF -- Most violent crimes in Pine Bluff have been on a downward trend over the past year, according to recently released statistics from the Pine Bluff Police Department, but two recent high-profile occurrences have some in the city asking if more can be done to keep residents safe.

Pine Bluff couple found dead in upscale neighborhood

posted: 07/12/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF -- Jefferson County authorities are investigating the death of a couple whose bodies were found Friday morning at a home in an upscale neighborhood just outside Pine Bluff.

Week after rains, state's east still soggy

posted: 07/10/2014 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Floodwaters covered thousands of acres of cropland and were still invading homes in eastern Arkansas on Wednesday, more than a week after heavy rains inundated the area June 29.

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