Little Rock http://ualrpublicradio.org en $30,000 In Sculptures Stolen From Little Rock's Riverfront Park http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/30000-sculptures-stolen-little-rocks-riverfront-park <p>Little Rock authorities say three sculptures worth $30,000 have been stolen from Riverfront Park.</p><p>The city's Parks and Recreation director says he believes the statues were taken Thursday night. They're made of bronze with copper detail and were sawed off at their base.</p><p>Two others were taken from the same garden about a year and a half ago. One was recovered and the other was replaced.</p><p>The director says there is only one security camera in the park. He says the city will add more cameras, signs and lighting because of the theft. It will also trim trees in the park.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:48:50 +0000 Associated Press 28977 at http://ualrpublicradio.org City Meeting To Discuss Fate Of Little Rock's Late-Night Bars and Clubs http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/city-meeting-discuss-fate-little-rocks-late-night-bars-and-clubs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The late-night fate of a handful of Little Rock bars and clubs will be considered at Tuesday's city board meeting.</span></p><p>Two city director’s recommendation to limit the hours of clubs closing at 5 a.m.—such as MidTown Billiards, Club Elevations, Discovery and Electric Cowboy—has made its way into a proposal now up for vote.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:38:59 +0000 Colleen Mayo 28386 at http://ualrpublicradio.org City Meeting To Discuss Fate Of Little Rock's Late-Night Bars and Clubs Little Rock Gym Reopens After Fire Incident http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/little-rock-gym-reopens-after-fire-incident <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">Little Rock's city-owned gym, which was closed last week due to an electrical fire, is set to reopen Friday. </font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">Parks and Recreation Director Truman Tolefree said members of the <a href="http://www.littlerock.org/ParksRecreation/WarMemorial/" target="_blank">Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center</a> have been patient as repairs have been made.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 19:08:47 +0000 Kezia Nanda 22633 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Final Approval Given To School Desegregation Settlement http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/final-approval-given-school-desegregation-settlement <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A federal judge has approved <a href="https://static.ark.org/eeuploads/ag/DE_4937-1_Exhibit_1_Settlement_Agreement1.pdf" target="_blank">a settlement</a> phasing out payments from the state to three Pulaski County school districts in the state's long-running desegregation lawsuit. Federal Judge D. Price Marshall said the settlement to the “exceedingly complex” case was “fair, adequate and reasonable” and noted how few objections there were in the case.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:48:21 +0000 Chris Hickey 17421 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Final Approval Given To School Desegregation Settlement Little Rock Home For Recovering Addicts Sparks Neighborhood Controversy http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/little-rock-home-recovering-addicts-sparks-neighborhood-controversy <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">A historic structure near downtown Little Rock has been the site of a recent neighborhood controversy as nearby residents object to its use as a new home for recovering substance abusers. KUAR’s Chris Hickey has a look the home’s mission, what those neighbors are saying, and how local officials are dealing with it all.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:51:56 +0000 Chris Hickey 17213 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Little Rock Home For Recovering Addicts Sparks Neighborhood Controversy Recovery Still Slow In Central Arkansas, Says Study http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/recovery-still-slow-central-arkansas-says-study <p>Central Arkansas is still struggling to recover from the great recession, but encouraging trends show possible future growth in some industries. That’s according to a recent report by <a href="http://www.metroplan.org/" target="_blank">Metroplan.</a> It shows that in 2013, population growth outpaced job growth in the Little Rock metro area, pointing to a slow recovery. Furthermore, the study found that young adults in central Arkansas are increasingly opting to live in urban, densely populated locales.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:01:54 +0000 Chris Hickey 17080 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Recovery Still Slow In Central Arkansas, Says Study Voters Considering Bonds To Renovate Little Rock Music Hall http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/voters-considering-bonds-renovate-little-rock-music-hall <p>Voters in Little Rock are considering a proposal to pay for up to $73.5 million in renovations to the city's Robinson Center Music Hall.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The plan asks voters to dedicate a portion of the city's existing 2 percent restaurant and hotel tax to repay bonds for the project.</span></p><p>The tax had been used for the construction of the Statehouse Convention Center, and those bonds are about to be retired.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:20:06 +0000 Associated Press 15815 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Voters Considering Bonds To Renovate Little Rock Music Hall Little Rock Christmas Parade Postponed http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/little-rock-christmas-parade-postponed <p>Organizers of an annual holiday parade scheduled for Saturday say forecasted winter weather is prompting them to postpone the celebration until the following Saturday. Angela Rogers with the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau says the "Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade" is an event anticipated by many, so she and her team wanted to host it on a day when people will find it easy to attend</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:58:51 +0000 Chris Hickey 15557 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Early Voting Begins On Proposal To Renovate Robinson Auditorium http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/early-voting-begins-proposal-renovate-robinson-auditorium <p></p><p>Early voting started Tuesday for a proposal to renovate Robinson Center Music Hall.&nbsp; Supporters of the project gathered on the steps of the historic auditorium to speak in favor of the project. Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Music Director Phillip Mann and President and CEO of Celebrity Attractions Ed Payton took part in the event.</p><p>Payton said renovations would bring larger Broadway productions and make load-ins for equipment much easier and less dangerous.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:28:03 +0000 Sheila Clark 15481 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Early Voting Begins On Proposal To Renovate Robinson Auditorium Receipts Not Printing From New Little Rock Parking Meters http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/receipts-not-printing-new-little-rock-parking-meters <p>The City of Little Rock isn&#39;t issuing tickets in the River Market area due to a software glitch that has kept payment receipts from printing.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city says in a news release that the pay and display parking units in the River Market aren&#39;t printing payment receipts.</span></p><p>The manufacturer is sending a team to fix the problem. Parking Enforcement Administrator Jack Wrenn says that until then, the parking units have been turned off.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:18:21 +0000 Associated Press 12841 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Receipts Not Printing From New Little Rock Parking Meters