A federal judge has rejected the Little Rock School District's motion to delay a coming trial on Arkansas' request to end long-running desegregation payments to three school districts.
Judge D. Price Marshall on Tuesday rejected the district's request to stay proceedings in the trial, set to begin Dec. 9.
Little Rock schools argued that the trial should be delayed while a federal appeals court considers their claim that Arkansas' approval of charter schools in Pulaski County violates the desegregation agreement.
Former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays says he's seeking the Democratic nomination for Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District, the first candidate to launch a bid for the seat that Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin is vacating.
Hays announced on Tuesday he was running for the seat that Griffin has held since 2011. Griffin said on Monday that he would not seek re-election next year, saying he wanted to focus on time with his family.
Metroplan, the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski, and Saline counties, is conducting a study to determine the feasibility of an express bus service between Little Rock and Conway.
An express service would offer people an alternative to driving their personal vehicles and cut travel time by limiting pick-up and drop-off locations along the way.
Arkansas transportation officials say work to replace a bridge will limit boat navigation on Greers Ferry Lake in Cleburne County.
Crews are replacing the Highway 225 Bridge, which is located just east of Hill Creek Recreation Area.
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says navigation will be closed near the bridge as workers move large equipment and conduct small controlled explosive blasts at the bottom of the lake.
Transportation officials say the temporary closures will be in effect from now through Nov. 8, except for Sundays.
Governor Mike Beebe on Monday signed bills passed over the weekend, in a special session, which partially reduce a rise in public school employee insurance premiums. The session was called to address both short and long-term fixes but some of the reforms have yet to be crafted. A task force will study the issue further in the coming months.
Ongoing funding to mitigate premium increases will partially come from school facility and teacher development funds. But Beebe said that’s just one part of a more permanent fix.
A lawsuit filed a decade ago against the tobacco company Phillip Morris USA is set to have its second hearing Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman has details.
The hearing, delayed for years over jurisdictional questions, is set to determine whether or not allegations against the tobacco company can be considered a class-action lawsuit. Plaintiffs are seeking to represent every Arkansan who smoked Marlboro Lights over a 38-year period.