David Wallace http://ualrpublicradio.org en City Board Postpones Vote On Downtown Mapco Station http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/city-board-postpones-vote-downtown-mapco-station <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The crowd that converged on the Little Rock Board of Directors meeting Tuesday night will have to wait another three months to voice its opposition to the proposed Mapco gas station and convenience store at Broadway and Third Street downtown.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The board voted to defer the matter at the request of the applicants, who reached out to City Director Lance Hines in a phone call earlier Tuesday.</p><p>Directors were to take up an ordinance to change the zoning of the area from urban use to commercial development.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 01:12:36 +0000 David Wallace 25775 at http://ualrpublicradio.org City Board Postpones Vote On Downtown Mapco Station Beebe: Arkansas VA Not Sharing Federal Problems http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/beebe-arkansas-va-not-sharing-federal-problems <p>With scandal breaking in the United States Veterans Administration, Governor Mike Beebe wants to make sure people know the difference between the federal V-A and the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.</p><p>Those are two distinct agencies with distinct missions, and Beebe said in his weekly media address&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the state Department of Veterans Affairs has not contributed to the problems on the national VA</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:19:24 +0000 David Wallace 25200 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Pryor Jumps On Minimum Wage Hike Bandwagon http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/pryor-jumps-minimum-wage-hike-bandwagon <p>The Give Arkansas A Raise Now (GARN) petition drive kicked off Saturday morning, and one of the first to add his signature was Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.).&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>"The bottom line is it's the right thing to do," said Pryor, who is embroiled in a heated re-election campaign with Congressman Tom Cotton (R-4th Dist.), his Republican challenger.</p><p>The ballot initiative would raise the state minimum wage from $6.25 to $7.50 an hour on January 1, 2015, to $8.00 an hour the following year and to $8.50 by January 1, 2017.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:20:07 +0000 David Wallace 19378 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Pryor Jumps On Minimum Wage Hike Bandwagon Beebe: If Private Option Dropped, Revenue Must Be Replaced http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/beebe-if-private-option-dropped-revenue-must-be-replaced <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Mike Beebe told a statewide television audience Thursday night the legislature will leave an $86-million "hole in the budget" if it reverses course from last year and ends the private option for the expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The funding for the private option must be re-appropriated each year.&nbsp;</span>Lawmakers are expected to decide its fate in the fiscal session now underway at the capitol.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 03:39:37 +0000 David Wallace 17913 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Beebe: If Private Option Dropped, Revenue Must Be Replaced Little Rock Voters Back Robinson Makeover By Big Margin http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/little-rock-voters-back-robinson-makeover-big-margin <p></p><p>A massive renovation of Little Rock's venerable Robinson Center won the overwhelming approval of Little Rock voters Tuesday with more than 72 percent favoring the use of part of the city's hospitality tax to fund the $73.5 million project.</p><p>Turnout was light with only 6,988 of the approximately 114,000 eligible voters showing up at the polls. Supporters of the plan blamed sparse turnout on the harsh winter weather over the last week, but they were happy with the results.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:57:29 +0000 David Wallace 15867 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Little Rock Voters Back Robinson Makeover By Big Margin Designer Of State Flag Honored in Wabbaseka http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/designer-state-flag-honored-wabbaseka <p></p><p>They&rsquo;re finally getting around to honoring the designer of the Arkansas flag, 100 years after it was created.</p><p>Willie K. Hocker of Wabbaseka created what we now use as the Arkansas state flag and unveiled it at the Arkansas State Fair in Hot Springs in 1913.</p><p>The design is the familiar diamond-shaped blue band on a red background with 25 white stars signifying Arkansas as the 25th state.</p> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:55:15 +0000 David Wallace 12734 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Designer Of State Flag Honored in Wabbaseka Governor Touts Common Core in Radio Address http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/governor-touts-common-core-radio-address <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>The following is a transcript of Governor Mike Beebe's weekly radio address for Aug. 30:</em></p><p>As Arkansas students in grades 9 through 12 begin a new school year, their teachers have new expectations for their academic achievements.</p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:06:10 +0000 David Wallace 10485 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Governor Touts Common Core in Radio Address Harrison Mulls Paying For Online Reputation Rehab http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/harrison-mulls-paying-online-reputation-rehab <p>The north Arkansas town of Harrison has long been associated with the Ku Klux Klan, creating an image that city leaders say is just not true.</p><p>News articles about Harrison’s inglorious past and proximity to the home of national Knights of the K-K-K Director Thom Robb trend toward the top of internet searches of information about the Boone County town.</p><p>Robb lives in nearby Zinc Arkansas but for years used a Harrison post office box.</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:24:56 +0000 David Wallace 10120 at http://ualrpublicradio.org State Credited With Improvement On Human Trafficking http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/state-credited-improvement-human-trafficking <p>Arkansas has made progress on positive strides against human trafficking in the Natural State during the past&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">year,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">according to a recent report by a global organization that aims to eliminate the worldwide problem of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.&nbsp;</span></p><p>In its 2013 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws, the Polaris Report ranked Arkansas in the top tier of states that have passed significant laws to combat human trafficking.</p> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:10:36 +0000 David Wallace 9753 at http://ualrpublicradio.org State Credited With Improvement On Human Trafficking Faulkner Co. Man Runs But Can't Hide From Latest Conviction http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/faulkner-co-man-runs-cant-hide-latest-conviction <P>The moral of this story is the moment when the jury says, “Guilty” is not a good time to lose track of the defendant.</P> <P>Twenty-four year old Rolandis Chatmon already had three previous felony convictions and a record of bad behavior in prison.</P> <P>So, when a Faulkner County Circuit Court jury came back with a guilty verdict on three new counts of aggravated armed robbery and one theft-of-property charge, he knew the penalty would be bad.</P> <P>So, the <EM>Arkansas Democrat-Gazette </EM>reports, he ran.</P> <P>Chatmon bolted out of the county courthouse in Conway Friday. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 14:21:14 +0000 David Wallace 9391 at http://ualrpublicradio.org