WASHINGTON â€” U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.
Still, July's gain was less than in the previous three months and probably wasn't strong enough to intensify fears that the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates to curb inflation.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Gov. Mike Beebe won't call a special election to fill the state Senate seat of a lawmaker stepping down to take a lobbying job with the University of Arkansas system, the governor's office announced Thursday.
Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample cited the potential cost and timeline for a special election to replace Republican Sen. Johnny Key, who is stepping down effective Thursday to begin work as the UA system's associate vice president for university relations.
A woman on Center Street in Bryant reported being held at gunpoint in her home by three black men.
The incident happened around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
Hazel Gilson, 74, told Bryant police that she responded to a knock at the door. When she opened it, the men forced their way into her home, pointing a gun at her.
One struck her on the head with the pistol, said Sgt. Todd Crowson, Bryant Police Department spokesperson.
When Mrs. Gilson's husband, Thomas, arrived home, the suspects also threatened him with the weapon, Crowson said.