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Give blood with the American Red Cross and help maintain the summer blood supply

Give blood with the American Red Cross  and help maintain the summer blood supply

UNDATED (June 3, 2014) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make and keep donation appointments to maintain the summer blood supply and help prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with type O negative, B negative and A negative.

While the need for blood remains constant during the summer, donations drop. Between June and August, on average, two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what hospitals need. This seasonal decline could be overcome if just two additional donors – above what is expected – give blood at each Red Cross blood drive this summer.

Pine Bluff police reminds residents of juvenile curfews


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (PBPD) -- As summer vacation for our younger citizens arrives, the Pine Bluff Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the city's Juvenile Curfew Ordinance. Although the daytime curfew is lifted during the summer break, the nighttime curfew remains in effect.

The times for the nighttime curfew are 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Sunday to Thursday, and from 12:00 (midnight) to 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

This ordinance applies to all persons under the age of 18 unless they fall under one of the ordinance recognized exceptions;

Pine Bluff man sought for aggravated assault suspect


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – Pine Bluff police is searching for a man wanted for an aggravated assault.

Anthony Simmons, 38, is wanted in connection with an incident on June 3 in the employee parking lot of Stant.

During the incident, police said Simmons is reported to have threatened his ex-girlfriend and an acquaintance with a firearm.

Anyone having contact with Mr. Simmons is asked to call the police as he is considered armed.

Anyone with information regarding the location of Mr. Simmons is asked to contact the Dispatch Center at 870-541-5300 or the Detective Division at 870-730-2090.


Information needed in Tuesday night shooting


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pine Bluff police needs the public's help gathering information about a Tuesday night shooting.

Ofc. Richard Wegner said the shooting happened June 3 around 11:45 p.m. Wegner said the victim was waiting for a friend to pick him up outside of the Lake View Apartments at 501 W. Barraque when the victim said a red passenger car with four males inside pulled up.

The victim told police the driver-side back passenger, who was wearing a mask, then fired several shots from the car, striking the victim on his right side.

The victim was taken to Jefferson Regional Memorial where he is being treated for his injuries. His condition has not been released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact either the Dispatch Center at 870-541-5300 or the Detective Division at 870-730-2090.


Whooping cough a growing concern in Arkansas

Whooping cough a growing concern in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Colds and coughs aren't typically what parents think of in the summertime. But keeping the kids safe this summer also means looking out for lingering diseases. The state has already seen 112 cases of whooping cough or pertussis this year.

"Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease caused by a bacterium called Bordetella Pertussis," said Dr. Dirk Haselow, Arkansas State Epidemiologist.

Symptoms like sneezing and a runny nose can mimic allergies and the common cold, making it harder to diagnose. Severe cases cause a cough so bad, you could break a rib or vomit blood.

Watch full report: http://on.kthv.com/1oUcast

ADH: Baby boomers should get tested for Hepatitis C

ADH: Baby boomers should get tested for Hepatitis C

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - If you were born between 1945 and 1965, you could have Hepatitis C; the Arkansas Department of Health urges this demographic to get tested.

The department calls it a "silent killer" because the virus could infect someone and not show symptoms for more than 20 years. Early detection and treatment of Hepatitis C are the only ways to avoid permanent liver damage and possible death.

Doctors say if you have symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain and jaundice, you should get tested. Hepatitis C contributed to more than 1,500 deaths in Arkansas between 1999 and 2012. There are currently no vaccinations for the virus.

Southwind Milling announces plans for mill at Pine Bluff Port


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (Southwind Milling) -- Optimum Group, through an Arkansas corporation named Southwind Milling Co. LLC, is building a rice mill at the Port of Pine Bluff. The group has been farming in Delta states since 2010 and now has decided to "grow" its business by adding value to its crops.

Construction of the new mill will begin immediately at 4215 Emmett Sanders Road, in the Pine Bluff Port's Harbor Industrial District, on property the company purchased in 2013 from the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Port Authority. The plant will be up and running by February 2015 and will have a capacity of twelve metric tons per hour. A total of 25 jobs will be created initially.