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A land donation is moving plans forward for a new baseball park and multi-sport complex at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. UALR announced on Wednesday that the Coleman family, of Coleman Dairy renown, donated eight-acres after talking with the school’s baseball coach. Little Rock Athletic Director Chasse Conque told KUAR it sets in motion plans that otherwise were off the table.

The Arkansas State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission is awaiting one more submission before deciding when its next meeting will be, according to a letter sent from the secretary of state’s office to a man who says he wants to erect on the Capitol grounds a privately funded monument to the Hindu monkey god Lord Hanuman.


Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Rutledge on Wednesday rejected the proposed constitutional amendment submitted by Little Rock lawyer David Couch, which would set up a commission to license between 20 and 40 medical marijuana dispensaries.

The commission would be appointed by the governor and legislative leaders under the proposal and would also license between four and eight cultivation facilities.

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

An Arkansas prosecutor told jurors that a man killed a real estate agent when a ransom plan began to fall through, though his defense attorney maintains the death was an accident.

Pulaski County Deputy Prosecutor Barbara Mariani said during her opening statement Wednesday that Arron Lewis targeted Beverly Carter.

Mariani said Lewis and his wife lured Carter to a rural home outside Little Rock and tried to demand a ransom from her husband, but when the plan started to unravel, Lewis killed Carter by wrapping her head in duct tape.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

A non-profit is forming between Arkansas prison officials, community members, religious leaders, and the Department of Human Services, to address high recidivism rates, and overcrowding in the state’s foster care system.

Arkansas Department of Community Correction Chief Deputy Director Kevin Murphy said the effort is an extension of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s “restore hope” initiative.

Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs.

Bank of the Ozarks is laying the foundation for future growth with plans for a new corporate headquarters in west Little Rock.

The Little Rock-based financial institution says it has outgrown three headquarters locations in the past 20 years.

Nervous investors and shareholders battered by recent stock market volatility will get their first peek at how Arkansas’ publicly traded concerns fared in 2015 on Thursday (Jan. 14) when Little Rock-based Bank of the Ozarks is expected to release its year-end results.

After completing the largest acquisition in the bank’s history during the quarter, Bank of the Ozarks will set the tone for Arkansas stocks as Wall Street and the investment community looks for bright spots as signs of anxiety spread across the overall market.

The main campus of the University of Arkansas For Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is one step closer to finding out if it wants to develop the state’s first dental college. The Arkansas Legislative Council Review Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a contract studying the viability of the school.

Provost Stephanie Garner said the college should only move forward if the consultant’s report supports it.

“I think this is the time to evaluate this. The amount is less than $50,000 for the first phase and we would not move to another phase if the consultant said it’s not possible,” said Garner.

Fort Smith attorney Brad Jesson, who served as Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and was one of the early political supporters of an unknown Dale Bumpers, has passed away. He was 83, and would have been 84 on Jan. 26.

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

A jury has been seated in the trial of a man accused of killing an Arkansas real estate agent after luring her to a rural home outside Little Rock. Opening statements are set to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

12 jurors and two alternates will hear the case against Arron Lewis, who has pleaded not guilty to capital murder and kidnapping in the death of 49-year-old Beverly Carter.