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Robinson Center Gretchen Hall Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Christina Littlejohn
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Free tickets will be handed out Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the steps of the newly renovated Robinson Center in Little Rock for a thank you concert later this month by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. It comes as final work is being done before next week's grand reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Governor Asa Hutchinson Higher education
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday proposed keeping higher education funding flat next fiscal year but vowed to back a $10 million increase in 2018 if lawmakers support a plan to tie money for colleges and universities to factors such as degree completion.

Asa Hutchinson
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

In an exclusive interview with Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the Arkansas chief executive said the FBI’s new inquiry into a top Hillary Clinton aide’s emails is a “significant” development and needed to be disclosed before Election Day.

The pending election dominates this week's podcast, with the KUAR news staff talking with voters, discussing the last minute invalidation of one of two medical marijuana proposals, and taking an in-depth look at issues 1 and 3.

We also have Gov. Asa Hutchinson on funding cuts for Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium and talk with a lawmaker proposing his own budget cuts that he wants considered in next year's legislative session.

Governor Asa Hutchinson radio address
Office of the Governor

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of Oct. 28, 2016:

Imagine my surprise when I heard the news about issue seven only minutes after going to the polls myself for early voting. I just cast my vote in Rogers when I found out the Arkansas Supreme Court had disqualified one of the marijuana measures.

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says another round of explosives will be detonated on part of what's left of the Broadway Bridge that connected Little Rock and North Little Rock.

One of three Legislature-sponsored ballot issues this election is a proposed constitutional amendment “concerning the terms, election and eligibility of elected officials.”

Ted Suhl
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The owner of two Arkansas mental health companies has been sentenced to seven years in prison for bribing a top official at the state's Human Services Department.

Prosecutors say Ted Suhl of Warm Springs was sentenced Thursday after being convicted in July of honest services wire fraud, interstate travel in aid of bribery and bribery involving federal program funds.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Givens says Suhl is to report to prison Jan. 3.

Melissa Fults, leader of the group Arkansans for Compassionate Care, signing paperwork in June while delivering signatures for the proposal to the Secretary of State's office.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Supreme Court has disqualified a medical marijuana proposal from the November ballot less than two weeks before the election and with thousands of votes already cast, but voters will still be able to consider a competing plan.

UALR sign
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Top administrators at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock say the campus is due for “across the board” budget cuts of two percent for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year. 

In an email sent to faculty and staff late Wednesday, Chancellor Andrew Rogerson and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Steve McClellan said the cuts were necessary to cover “necessary expenses.” They noted that UALR has incurred a drop in revenue this year due to a decline in enrollment. The email did not indicate what the latest enrollment figures were.

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