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ADC reviewing who will receive Buffington reward

ADC reviewing who will receive Buffington reward

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the capture of escaped inmate Timothy Buffington on Thursday, the Arkansas Department of Correction is now deciding who will get the reward money.

Buffington escaped from a Pine Bluff jail on June 21 of this year.

On July 24 ADC put out a $4,000 reward for information leading to him.

Shea Wilson with ADC says they're aware of the role each person took in identifying Buffington, but have not made a decision on who will receive the money.


Update: Escaped murderer Timothy Buffington captured

Political ads: Negative vs. positive

Political ads: Negative vs. positive

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The competition between political candidates in Arkansas is heating up this year and so are their ad campaigns. With the Senate race in the national spotlight, candidates are pulling out all the stops, and that includes bashing their opponent. But do negative ads really make an impact? And how do they hold up against positive campaigns?

Dr. Greg Schufeldt, a political science professor at UALR, studies the influence of negative ads versus positive ads. He says it's all in the eye of the beholder, or rather, the political party you're affiliated with because everyone sees the facts differently.

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 18, 2014) – When the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission collects fines from game law convictions, the money goes back to the county where it was collected. During Thursday's monthly Commission meeting, the agency approved a grant of more than $679,100 to the Arkansas Department of Education as a result of fines collected during the 2014 fiscal year.

The money is used to fund educational programs focused on fish, wildlife and conservation in the counties where the offenses occurred. The highest amount of fine money went to Drew County with just over $28,000. The next highest amount went to Arkansas County with more than $25,900 in fines.

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year.

The world's largest retailer also says current workers who want more hours during the holidays will get priority for them. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been criticized by labor groups for low pay and intentionally keeping employees' hours low.

The news follows similar announcements from UPS, FedEx and Kohl's, which are also making more temporary hires this year.

A retailer's hiring plans can indicate its expectations for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Pine Bluff attempted murder suspect arrested in Wisc.

Pine Bluff attempted murder suspect arrested in Wisc.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Police in Pine Bluff have a second suspect in custody for attempted murder and robbery.

Sgt. David Price said Deundra Harris was taken into custody in Wisconsin and extradited back to Arkansas Wednesday in connection with a robbery and an attempted murder of a Pine Bluff man in June.

The first suspect, Azeez Muhammad, has been in custody since Aug. 20 for this incident. Police are still searching for a third and final, Brandon R. White.


Pine Bluff hopes new business venture spurs growth

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV)—A new 54-store bazaar is coming to Pine Bluff. The shop, which is similar to a thrift store, will move into the vacant Food King Grocery on the corner of 16th Avenue and Cherry St.

"I explain what we're doing and [people's] eyes get big. [They say] "you're doing that here?!" and I'm like yeah. [They say] "Why?" and I'm like why not," said Archie Winn, who came up with the idea for the store.

Winn has lived in Pine Bluff in his entire life and has already invested $40,000 into the project, all out of his own pocket.

"I think this is going to be basically the biggest store known to Arkansas," said Winn's sister and business partner Kala Bullard.

Each store will hire people from Pine Bluff, pulling in much needed jobs and a new sense of community.

Local parents respond to NFL child abuse case

Local parents respond to NFL child abuse case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Whether you call it cultural or criminal, the debate over spanking and other corporal punishment has come center stage in the United States.

A national conversation over parenting continues to grow in the wake of a child abuse case involving NFL star Adrian Peterson, who is charged with felony child abuse after reportedly spanking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch.

"The scars on the kid's leg and bruises look pretty excessive," said Nicholas Dudley, a Little Rock father of two. "My wife and I decided early on that we wouldn't spank our children, we just believe there are multiple other ways to send a good message to your children as far as what needs to be done."