A rendering of an expanded I-30 corridor in downtown Little Rock.

I-30 Bridge & Little Rock Corridor Move Toward $450 Million Overhaul

The federal government has given the green light to Arkansas highway officials to embark on what would be the state’s largest ever roadway investment.
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The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission continues to hold public meetings across the state taking comments on its comprehensive water plan. In Little Rock, commission staff presented the plan and fielded questions from citizens on Wednesday.


Todd Fugitt, Geology Supervisor at the Commission, said the new plan would encompass nearly every aspect of water policy. It is the first such update in nearly 25 years, he said, primarily because a lack in funding has prevented the Commision from conducting one.

Circuit Judge Wade Naramore

An Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission official says the group will wait for police to conduct an investigation into the death of a Garland County Circuit Court judge's son after the 18-month-old was left in a hot car.

Executive Director David Sachar says in a statement that the commission will wait for police and other agencies to "provide more facts" before it considers judicial discipline. Sachar also offered the commission's condolences to Wade Naramore and his family for the death of his son, Thomas, on Friday.

A Wall Street-based nonprofit initiative funded and chaired by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Clinton administration Treasurer Hank Paulson released a report Tuesday that says Arkansas’ soybean production could decline by 25% due to warmer temperatures caused by climate change.

Doyle Webb
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party paid a visit to Jonesboro Tuesday night, to rally his political troops and talk about the 2016 campaign.

Doyle Webb spoke at the Craighead County Republican Committee monthly meeting about a variety of issues involving next year’s election cycle.

The ballot in 2016 features a race for President, a United States Senate seat, four United States House seats, 100 state House and 17 state Senate races as well as countless county races.

Police say a man with a knife was shot and killed by a Manila police officer in northeast Arkansas.

Arkansas State Police say in a statement Wednesday that 41-year-old Timothy Johnson was shot when he moved toward the officer while holding the knife. The officer's name was not immediately released.

Johnson's body was sent to the State Crime Laboratory.

State police say the shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday after the officer was sent to investigate a disturbance at home along State Highway 18 on the northwest side of the town.

Mayflower Oil Spill

The government has responded the an Arkansas water utility's opposition to the proposed settlement of a lawsuit with Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower.

Wednesday's filing in federal court in Little Rock says the proposed settlement is fair, adequate, reasonable, and is consistent with the Clean Water Act. The proposed settlement submitted earlier this month would require two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil to pay about $5 million in penalties for state and federal violations caused when the oil spilled a 22-foot portion of the Pegasus Pipeline ruptured.

Governor's Working Group on Highway Funding
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The head of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the state's senior U.S. Senator are disappointed with the apparent inability of Congress to pass a long-term highway funding bill. 

With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money at the end of the month, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are likely to approve only a three-month extension, rather than a six year deal that many, including Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, had been pushing for.

Democratic Party of Arkansas Chair Vincent Insalaco in his office in Little Rock.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The head of the Democratic Party of Arkansas is considering a name change to the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Party Chair Vincent Insalaco told KUAR on Tuesday that the two former Presidents, with ties to slavery and Indian removal, don’t always live up to modern standards.

Lt. Governor Tim Griffin (R) speaking in the rotunda of the Arkansas Capitol in the spring of 2015.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin says he thinks Arkansas should keep some elements of Common Core but make changes where necessary and rename the controversial education standards to more closely reflect the state's needs.

The Republican said Tuesday he'll make the recommendation to a task force he's heading that is looking at the state's involvement in Common Core. The group, formed by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson this year, is expected to finalize its recommendations Thursday.

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a $1.8 million bid for improvements to 25 interchanges on several highways in seven counties.

The commission announced Tuesday that Bettis Asphalt & Construction, Inc. of Topeka, Kansas was awarded the contract.



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