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12:00 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Robinson Center Plans Move Forward

Credit littlerockmeetings.com

As a newly hired design team undertakes efforts to plan a renovation of Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall, future stages of the project are still in the works. The Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission voted Tuesday to appoint the local architecture firm Polk Stanley Wilcox to partner with Ennead Architects of New York in renovating the 73-year old concert space. 


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ARK things considered blog
9:31 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

KUAR’s Malcolm Glover Reflects On Pippin Role

Malcolm Glover performing in the Weekend Theater's production of Pippin.
Credit Liz Clarke

After a little over three weeks of intense rehearsals, the Weekend Theater’s production of Pippin is underway with performances and a plot that are both entertaining and enlightening. I must admit, I’m a little biased, because I’ve been a part of the phenomenal team of cast and crew who have labored day and night to bring this musical to life.

My long journey from auditions, to practices, and even to the bows during curtain call on opening night has been an awesome experience that I shall always treasure.

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End Of Arkansas Newspaper War
6:10 am
Thu October 13, 2011

20th Anniversary Of The Death Of The Arkansas Gazette To Be Marked

Gazette political columnist George Fisher drew this on the day the purchase of the paper was announced.
Credit Arkansas Gazette

It was the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi River and an institution in Arkansas. This weekend former employees of the Arkansas Gazette will gather to mark the 20 year anniversary of the newspaper’s death.

The last issue of the Arkansas Gazette hit the streets on October 18, 1991, capping a fierce battle between it and the Arkansas Democrat.

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Local & Regional News
4:03 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Hundreds Turn Out For Dedication Of Clinton Presidential Park Bridge

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the dedication of the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge.
Credit Michael Hibblen

Former President Bill Clinton led a dedication ceremony Friday in Little Rock for a new $10.5 million pedestrian and cycling pathway over the Arkansas River, which was built inside an old railroad bridge.

He was joined by his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, daughter Chelsea, and the mayors of Little Rock and North Little Rock.

"This bridge is important because first, it keeps the promise we made," Clinton told the crowd.

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LRU Alumni
10:26 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Little Rock University Alumni Come Back To UALR

Alfred Williams at KUAR studio.
Credit Malcolm Glover

State-of-the-art science facilities, new dorms, and the construction of a $13 million student services center are just some of the noteworthy changes on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

For over 80 years, the institution’s alumni have witnessed similar transformations and some of them will return to UALR this weekend to reconnect with former classmates, remember shared experiences, and reunite with an Alma matter that once carried a different name.

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military farmers
10:16 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Arkansas Soldiers Continue Their Work With Afghan Farmers

Lt. Col. Keith Moore waters a section of land the Ag Team has sewn with winter wheat. The team worked on a farm in Shahr-e-Safa, Afghanistan in conjunction with the Zabul Province Agriculture Department to teach new farming techniques and test crop products for resiliency to pests and weather conditions.

The killing of Osama bin Laden back in May and the continued dismantling of several jihadist networks are widely considered victories, but military officials warn that the road to rebuilding Afghan communities is rocky and the path to a peaceful exit is still uncertain.

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Johnny Cash
4:22 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Thousands Attend Fundraiser To Restore Johnny Cash Home

Rosanne Cash during a rehearsal for the Johnny Cash tribute show at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
Credit Michael Hibblen

A sold out show at Arkansas State University raised more than $310,000 for the restoration of the boyhood home of music legend Johnny Cash in the east Arkansas town of Dyess.

Four generations of the Cash family, including daughter Rosanne Cash, son-in-law Rodney Crowell and son John Carter Cash were on hand to pay homage to Cash, as were many of his longtime friends like Kris Kristofferson.

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Local & Regional News
4:02 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Hundreds Turn Out For Dedication Of Two Rivers Park Bridge

After a golf cart carrying local leaders passed, cyclists make their first ride across the Two Rivers Park Bridge.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Hundreds of people came out Friday, many with their bicycles, for the dedication of the new Two Rivers Park Bridge.

"Welcome to your new bridge!” Pulaksi County Judge Buddy Villines said to a cheering crowd. 

The $5 million pedestrian and bicycle bridge crosses the Little Maumelle River where it meets the Arkansas River and links the Arkansas River Trail with Two Rivers Park. Construction of the bridge, which took a year build, was funded with 80 percent federal dollars and Pulaski County paying the rest. 

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Local & Regional News
4:45 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

New Owner Ponders Future For Former Dogpatch USA Property

A sign outside the long-closed Dogpatch USA theme park.
Credit wikipedia

It was once a big attraction in north Arkansas, but Dogpatch USA, a hillbilly theme park based on the Li'l Abner comic strip, closed in 1993.

Nearly two decades later, the property has now ended up in the hands of a 23-year-old who nearly died there. Pruett Nance and his family are considering what to do with the land, located between Jasper and Harrison.

In 2005, Nance was riding an ATV through the grounds when he was struck by a throat-high cable stretched between two trees.

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KUAR Transmitter Fire
5:25 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

ATF: Suspicious Fire At KUAR Transmitter Likely Arson

The KUAR transmitter building on Shinall Mountain west of Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

After a suspicious fire that heavily damaged KUAR's transmitter Saturday night, authorities say it now appears more likely that the blaze was intentionally set.

“At this point in time we’re looking at it like an arson,” said Grover Crossland, Resident Agent in Charge of the Little Rock office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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