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Its been 30 years since a legendary Little Rock radio station changed formats, marking the end of a key chapter for Arkansas media. This past weekend, many former employees of KAAY-AM 1090 got together to share stories and reflect on changes in the industry.

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Speaking from the intersection of Capitol and Broadway Monday morning, Mayor Mark Stodola joined a variety of organizations to announce the Heads Up Downtown campaign. The initiative is part of Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month.

Representatives from the organizations each spoke about pedestrian safety from their perspective.

The Little Rock School District announced  60 positions will be eliminated from its central office on Friday. The district is looking for ways to cut up to $40 million a year in expenses to make up for desegregation funds it will stop receiving by 2017.

Former school board member Baker Kurris, the district's budget committee’s chair, said at a committee meeting on Monday the district's first priority is cutting administrative staff.

Hutchinson asa bill signing
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Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a trio of bills into law on Monday intended to overhaul the state’s workforce development plan. The governor said tailoring education toward filling needs identified by business interests is a “dramatic” and “foundational” change.

The wife of an Arkansas judge who was mauled by a zebra says he is still recovering from the serious injuries and needs more surgery.

Shannon Derrick told The Daily Citizen her husband Mark Derrick has been released from the hospital but both of his arms need surgical repair. The White County District Court judge was attacked March 15 at his father's property in Searcy.

The animal attacked Mark Derrick as he was collecting manure for a garden.

Little Rock Zoo officials and others have taken oral swabs from the zebra to help determine what caused the attack.

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Senate President Jonathan Dismang and Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam said they are satisfied with the outcome of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that nearly derailed the regular legislative session in the last full week.

Little Rock Nine 9
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  The National Archives has digitally remastered a film about the Little Rock Nine for the anniversary of its Academy Award win for best short documentary 50 years ago.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that it's the fifth film the archives' Motion Picture Preservation Lab has restored to cinema quality.

The film will be shown at the National Archives later in the spring and is available online.

The archives says the 18-minute film, titled Nine from Little Rock, was never intended for American viewers but was shown in hundreds of cities around the globe.

Arkansas Capitol
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Arkansas lawmakers enacted tax, prison and education reforms but didn't finish work on other lingering issues.

The regular session ended Thursday and legislators, lobbyists and political appointees are already considering further changes to various laws. The future of highway and transportation funding, the state's compromise Medicaid expansion and a handful of social issues were left unfinished at the end of the session.

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KUAR’s Sarah Whites-Koditschek spoke with Jerry Cox of the Arkansas Family Council, a group that openly supported the original and revised versions of the Arkansas bills, about his views on the week’s events. 

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Tippi McCullough and Barbara Mariani of the Arkansas Stonewall Democrats, offer their views on Arkansas's new religious protection law, and the future of LGBT rights in the state.

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