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Slur in misspelled name spurs calls for council resignation


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP/KTHV) - Some Pine Bluff residents are calling for the resignation of an alderman who misspelled a black man's last name in a way that included a racial epithet.

Bill Brumett was reportedly arguing with a Pine bluff native on Facebook last month when he became agitated by the man's misspelling of the alderman's name. Brummett then misspelled J.C. Cunningham's name, but he claims that it was unintentional and he didn't know Cunningham was black.

Brumett says he meant to spell Cunningham's name as "Cuuningham," but instead wrote "Cooninham."

The city's NAACP and some residents want Brumett to resign, saying it's unlikely the slur was accidental.

Cunningham hasn't commented on the exchange. His mother says he hasn't accepted an apology from Brumett.

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Governor Hutchinson to deliver UAPB commencement address

Governor Hutchinson to deliver UAPB commencement address

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson will deliver the keynote address for spring commencement exercises for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) spring graduating class.

This event will be held Saturday, May 9 at 3:00 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center arena.

T.J. Holmes to speak at UAPB for Men’s Day

T.J. Holmes to speak at UAPB for Men’s Day

PINE BLUFF, Ark.(UAPB) - Award-winning journalist and national television personality T.J. Holmes will deliver the keynote speech during the Men’s Day assembly at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). The free, public event will be held Monday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in the STEM Conference Center.

Pine Bluff councilman refuses to step down after allegedly making racial slur


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A Pine Bluff alderman says despite residents asking him to resign, it does not affect his position and he is not going anywhere. Councilman Bill Brumett said, "I've apologized to everybody and it doesn't seem like anybody wants to say that's enough and let's move on."

This week Pine Bluff residents made it clear, they want this city council member out of office. The ordeal, sparked by a conversation between JC Cunningham and Alderman Bill Brumett on social media.

Brumett allegedly misspelling the resident's name to include a racial slur. "He stated that it was a mistyping on the computer, but those letters are nowhere near each other," Councilman George Stepps explained.

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Man confronted by pack of dogs claims 911 refused to help


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – A Pine Bluff man said a 911 dispatcher refused to help when he called saying a pack of stray dogs tried to attack him in his neighborhood.

Pine Bluff Metropolitan Emergency Communications Assn. Operations Manager Melinda Elliott told THV11 "There was no attack. There was no threat of attack or the caller did not express there was a threat of attack at that time." The man, who wished not to reveal his name, was transferred to Pine Bluff Animal Control who said they couldn't respond, so he called 911 again and they wouldn't help. "Ma'am I'm on my cell phone and I'm scared to death," he told the dispatcher in a recording of the call. "They just tried to attack me."

Families of murder victims work to promote healing


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - "The Bible says in Ephesians Chapter 4, be ye angry, but sin not," one Pastor says while encouraging a grieving crowd.

"This is my 18th year," Flossie Lee explains. Dealing with the loss of her son. She continues, "At that time, my son was 21 years old." Lee says her son Keith Norfleet and Arthur Shaw were traveling along University in Pine Bluff. Lee continues, "Two good Samaritans on their way to a church function." When the two allegedly stopped to help a woman who appeared to be having car problems. "And she shot him in the temple. Senseless killing," Lee adds.

U.S. representatives to visit Pine Bluff Arsenal

U.S. representatives to visit Pine Bluff Arsenal

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - U.S. Representative French Hill and U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman will be touring the Pine Bluff Arsenal during the month of April.

The pair will be receiving the tours and informational briefings on Monday, April 5. The visit will include tours of manufacturing facilities and an outdoor demonstration of pyrotechnic ammunition.

French Hill is the U.S. representative for the second district in Arkansas, and Bruce Westerman is the U.S. representative for the fourth district in Arkansas.