Little Rock http://ualrpublicradio.org en 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 Technology Company Establishes Center In Little Rock http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/technology-company-establishes-center-little-rock <p>A technology company that analyzes consumers&rsquo; personal data to help create specifically targeted mobile advertisements will be opening a center in Little Rock. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.ngagelabs.com/" target="_blank">nGage Labs</a> plans to hire 35 skilled workers at an average salary of $100,000 for its new site in the Rivermarket.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ron Ford, CEO of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company, told reporters at the Capitol Friday about his enthusiasm for the new expansion, an &lsquo;Analytics Innovation Center&rsquo;.</span></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:41:48 +0000 Chris Hickey 12699 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Technology Company Establishes Center In Little Rock New Parking Rules In Effect For Little Rock’s River Market http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/new-parking-rules-effect-little-rock-s-river-market <p>Parking enforcement officers will be on patrol in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock all this week to make sure drivers abide by new pay rules when they park.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From now on, parking on the street in the River Market costs $1.25 per hour. Jack </span>Wrenn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> oversees parking enforcement efforts for the city. He says eight new machines will help regulate on-street parking issues.</span></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:25:05 +0000 Malcolm Glover 12426 at http://ualrpublicradio.org New Parking Rules In Effect For Little Rock’s River Market