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New push to save Pine Bluff's Saenger Theater

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - After vandals hit a 100-year-old landmark in Pine Bluff, there have been renewed efforts to restore the Saenger Theater.

The city bought the building from a non-profit group in 2012, but the building has continued to sit vacant. They had been trying to restore it, but grant money ran out.

Since then, the city has been trying to figure out what to do with the property. This latest vandalism is spurring the former owners to get involved, with specific donors in mind.

"We need banks, and we need big corporations. And what do they get out of this? Well, it's tax deductible," said Kathy Majewska.

City leaders are not sure how much grant money may be out there, but Majewska said she would go through the application process free-of-charge.

Pine Bluff police seize weapon, money & over 3,000 grams of drugs

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pine Bluff Police Department conducted a drug bust that led to the arrest of three men and the recovery of a large amount of drugs, a weapon and thousands of dollars. 

On January 27, the Pine Bluff Police Department Vice and Narcotics Division was conducting surveillance on two suspects they believed were selling marijuana, cocaine and crack cocaine. 

Family of murdered 85-year-old man believes he was targeted

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- An armed and dangerous man is wanted for the murder of an 85-year-old Pine Bluff grocery store owner. Pine Bluff police named that suspect on Wednesday.

The story shocked many here in central Arkansas. An 85-year-old man - gunned down at his back door. Now that the suspect has been named, the Buie family wants him captured.

The Packingtown community of Pine Bluff was shaken to its core last month, when 85-year-old Lenon Buie was shot dead outside his Port Road home.

"Buie was a soft spoken person. He was a very kind person. He was a great Church worker," said Laverne Bryant of her brother.

22-year-old Arron Johnson is now wanted in the brutal killing of the grocery store owner.

Registration open for girls in STEM Leadership Conference

Registration open for girls in STEM Leadership Conference

PINE BLUFF, AR (January 28, 2016) - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) continues to expand its portfolio of innovative STEM programs to help ensure a diverse and well-prepared U.S. STEM workforce. 

UAPB received an award from the Carl D. Perkins Technical Education Act of 2006 from the Arkansas STEM Coalition, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Arkansas Department of Career Education to support the 2016 Girls in STEM Conference. With the theme, “Ladies STEMulated to Learn,” the one-day conference will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm in the STEM Building and Conference Center. The event is free, however, registration is required to attend. 

Pine Bluff murder victim’s family seeking answers

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – The family of a Pine Bluff murder victim is still looking for answers after a surprise development in the case. 

Last week, an arrest was made after six months of waiting. But that suspect no longer faces murder charges after a judge found no probable cause for him to be charged. Now, the family wants an explanation.

One by one, the Wilbert family walked into the Jefferson County Courthouse on Tuesday, looking for an explanation for what they call an injustice. “My family is hurting because we were given hope,” said Keith's uncle, Derrick Wilbert.  

Man no longer charged with murder in UAPB student death

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- The man arrested in connection to the murder of a UAPB student is no longer being charged with murder.

Eighteen-year-old Harold Magee's arrest affidavit reportedly did not have enough sufficient evidence for murder charges in the shooting death of 21-year-old Keith Wilbert Junior.

Wilbert was killed during a home invasion in Pine Bluff in September.

Magee was arrested on January 20 after evidence was found that allegedly linked him to the murder. Magee is being held on a $25,000 bond for a theft by receiving charge.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.


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UAPB to offer new degree in biochemistry

UAPB to offer new degree in biochemistry

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - The Department of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will be offering a new bachelor’s degree in biochemistry beginning in the Fall 2016 semester.

Dr. Grant Wangila, interim chair of the department of is overjoyed to be part of starting the new degree track for undergraduate students. This program is an eye opener for those who have interests in many disciplines, including health professions, biomedical research, agricultural research and the pharmaceutical sciences.

“Biochemistry is a very fascinating subject and is the basis of the health sciences,” Dr. Wangila said. “This new major is the best preparation for students who wish to pursue research careers in the biomedical sciences or careers as health professionals. I am looking forward to seeing the program grow at UAPB.”