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Pine Bluff man found dead in car identified


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Officers with the Pine Bluff Police Department are investigating a shooting that left one man dead on Saturday.

Officers were sent to the intersection of East Short 24th and Indiana streets on Saturday around 1:34 p.m. regarding a shooting. When they arrived on scene, they discovered a man unresponsive in a tan Mercury Grand Marquis partially off the road and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police said the victim, identified as 30-year-old Kevin Lampkin, was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is the sixth homicide for Pine Bluff in 2015. Police ask that anyone with information regarding this crime, to please contact the Pine Bluff Police Detective Division at (870) 730-2090 or the Dispatch Center at (870) 541- 5300.

Stay with THV11 for more updates to this story.


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Jefferson Co. asking for help to recover park


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Flood water was as high as 40 feet in parts of Pine Bluff in June.

Most is dried up now, but parts of Regional Park are still closed.

Pine Bluff Parks and recreation says future community events are relying on the city getting federal help.

"This time the water stayed up for about two weeks, so everything underneath the water was greatly affected by the floods," said April Layher, director of Parks and Recreation.

An aerial view of what Regional Park looked like in June shows the baseball and softball fields completely submerged.

"We had some floor damage and air conditioning damage in the baseball park," said Layher.

Along with the fields, all the electrical boxes were under water.

"One of the main events we use them for is our Christmas lights display," said Layher.

Terminally ill woman fights to save dogs


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - An avid dog lover is afraid she will not only lose her life to a terminal illness, but the dogs she rescued will lose theirs as well if she doesn't soon get help.

Pam Passmore has done all she could to save the lives of four dogs, but she is afraid her time is running out.

"I've begged. I've plead for somebody's help." But months have gone by and Passmore has almost reached her breaking point.

"I got lupus/SLE. It's kin to leukemia."

Living with a condition that has left her with little to no strength, she says time is dwindling. A few months ago, Pam rescued four dogs in hopes of giving them another chance at life.

"I've called Hot Springs. I've called Benton. I've called Pine Bluff, White Hall. They're always full. They ain't got room or they're too far out to come get them."

Forecasters issue heat advisory for Arkansas through Sunday

Forecasters issue heat advisory for Arkansas through Sunday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a heat advisory covering much of the state through the weekend.

Forecasters issued the advisory Saturday for central, eastern and southern parts of Arkansas. It includes the cities of Little Rock, Hot Springs and Pine Bluff.

Temperatures will reach 98 degrees for Saturday and Sunday, and the weather service says the heat index will make it feel more like 107 to 109 degrees outdoors. The advisory expires Sunday evening.

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UAPB getting nursing program back after making changes


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - After having their program shut down in 2013, the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff (UAPB) Nursing Department is making a comeback.

The university's four year program was shut down two years ago after students failed to meet state standards. The students' scores allegedly weren't showing the same results as the rest of the students in the state.

"The problem and the issue for the program was with the student outcome with the NCLEX Exam," said Diann Williams, chair for the Department of Nursing.

During the two years that the Nursing Department was on hold, the university reviewed its curriculum. "We have a curriculum that we feel is much stronger," said Williams.

Holmes to return home for Little Rock Fashion Week

Holmes to return home for Little Rock Fashion Week

By: Marleachia McJunkins

Little Rock, Ark. – Since 2009 Brandon D. Campbell has been producing Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW), and this year will be unlike any other experience.

July 13-July 18 will be a week filled with memorable fashion moments. On July 18, LRFW will hold its BIG Night exclusive fashion event on the fourth block of Main Street in downtown Little Rock. It will mark the return of Little Rock’s very own TV news personality Keristen Holmes as the show host.

“I couldn’t be more excited to go back home to host LRFW Big Night”, says Holmes. Holmes, a local southern news anchor, is how one would describe her, “I’m just a girl from Pike who made it.”

Holmes is a North Little Rock native. Holmes states, “As a high school student, I was involved in every activity from cheerleading to competitive speech.” At North Little Rock High she was her own renaissance woman in the making.

THV11 Working For You: Changing of document storage in Jefferson Co.


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Seems like it would be easy to get lost, in what appears to be a maze. Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Lafayette Woods, Sr. says, "We just have run out of storage space, and we're just in a bad situation." Barely any room left, creating a problem for Jefferson County.

The rooms are dedicated to storing things like your title, divorce records, liens and the deed to your home. All precious and important documents to have in a safe place. But imagine if all of them were gone in the blink of an eye.

For officials in Jefferson County, maintaining this part of the county's history is becoming more risky as the storage conditions get worse. There are documents dating all the way back to the 1800s, but nothing is accessible with the click of a button. Woods continues, "We need to come into the 21st century here in Jefferson County with our record keeping."