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15 train cars derail near Pine Bluff

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A trail derailed outside Pine Bluff in Jefferson County.

According to authorities, the derailment happened around 6:30 a.m. Friday morning at Gaddy Koonce Road. They added that fifteen cars have derailed and should be cleared between Friday night and early Saturday morning.

A representative with Union Pacific told THV 11 that there are no injuries or any leaks or spills and that the train was Texas-bound through Dallas.

Clean up crews are currently clearing out tanks that were onboard, though THV11 currently has no information what the tanks contained.

Stay with THV 11 News for more on this developing story.

Pine Bluff Arsenal to announce up to 40 open positions

Pine Bluff Arsenal to announce up to 40 open positions

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Pine Bluff Arsenal said Thursday that it will announce up to 40 positions in the coming months.

According to Cheryl Avery, the positions will include mechanical engineers, industrial engineers, equipment/maintenance mechanics, safety specialists, and industrial workers.

She said these are not newly created jobs, but positions that need to be filled.

Avery added that anyone interested in applying at the Arsenal should monitor local newspaper ads, the Arsenal’s Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/AmericasArsenal, www.usajobs.gov, and the Arsenal’s webpage located at www.pba.army.mil.

Domestic Violence Awareness 5K scheduled

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (October 9, 2014) – Pine Bluff Arsenal's Army Community Service and Recreation Services will sponsor a Domestic Violence Prevention 5K run/two mile walk-stroll Oct. 18 at 8 a.m.

The race will begin at the Arsenal's Fitness Center crosswalk, and is for males and females ages 10 to 65-plus.

First, second and third place awards will be given for the 5K run. Entry fee is $20 prior to race and $25 the day of the race.

Race participants will need to enter through Dexter Gate the day of the event.

For information or to register, call 540-3658.

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials from all 75 Arkansas counties are demanding answers on how state officials plan to reform prison funding.

Because of overcrowding, state inmates have to be housed at county jails, taking up space reserved for inmates within those counties.

County officials say the state requires they hold their own inmates and maintain prison conditions at a state specified level.

However, the problems counties say they face are space for the inmates and full reimbursement from the state.

"We need to get the state to start taking responsibility for their own inmates. They're forcing. They're basically... They're not basically but they're forcing the counties to violate the rights of our inmates by not running a constitutional jail," said David Lucas, Jackson County Sheriff.

Pine Bluff police discover two bodies in possible murder/suicide

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department responded to the 4000 block on Thompson Road after receiving a call from family and friends who were concerned about the welfare of the residents.

According the report, a friend and a realtor met the officers at the home. The realtor let the officers in the residence after attempts were made to get someone to answer the door.

Inside, officers reportedly found John Richard Williams, 68, and his wife Sandra Jo Williams, 64, deceased in the home.

According to Pine Bluff police, their deaths are being investigated by the Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Division and appear to be the result of a murder/suicide.

Arkansas awarded suicide prevention grant

Arkansas awarded suicide prevention grant

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 6, 2014)– The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has received notice that the state is one of 26 states and tribes awarded a Garrett Lee Smith State and Tribal Suicide Prevention Grant. The grant is managed by the Suicide Prevention Branch within the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funding is expected to total $3,680,000 over five years.

"Suicide is a heartbreaking public health issue that has affected far too many people in Arkansas," said Teresa Belew, Injury and Violence Prevention Section Chief at ADH.

"We are grateful for this grant and look forward to working with communities across the state to connect people with the help they need so we can reduce this growing problem."

100s join in search to find missing teen

STUTTGART, Ark. (KTHV) - Twenty days have passed since anyone has heard from or seen 15-year-old Cassie Compton.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Compton is a white female with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is said to stand at 5 feet, 3 inches and weigh around 100 pounds. Flyers have also indicated that she has a scar on the left side of her face.

The Stuttgart teenager disappeared on the night of September 14, but no Amber Alert has been issued from Arkansas State Police (ASP), and law enforcement has stated that her situation falls short of a Morgan-Nick Amber Alert.