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The unemployment rate in Arkansas remained flat at 5.6 percent in March according to information released Tuesday by the state Department of Workforce Services. The rate is the same as a revised jobless rate for February.

Spokeswoman Becky Heflin said it’s not unusual to have unemployment numbers hold steady.

James Clay
Delaware State Police

The attorney for a Delaware man accused in a 1967 Arkansas killing says his client is being held illegally as he fights extradition.

In court papers filed this week, the public defender for James Leon Clay of Georgetown says Clay was arrested on March 10 and has been incarcerated beyond the permitted 30 days, with no extension sought by or granted to state authorities.

Dexter Suggs Little Rock Schools
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

With questions over accusations he plagiarized work for his doctoral degree, Dexter Suggs resigned  as interim superintendent of the Little Rock School District Tuesday morning, according to the Arkansas Department of Education.

A press release said Education Commissioner Johnny Key reached an agreement with Suggs for his immediate resignation. 

Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Legislators reviewing the state’s Medicaid program and healthcare system were told Monday by Arkansas health officials, researchers at the Bureau of Legislative Research, and hospital representatives that the cost to hospitals and clinics of uncompensated care is in decline thanks in-part to reforms enabled by the Affordable Care Act.

Dexter Suggs Little Rock Schools
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Little Rock School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs had planned to hold a town hall meeting Monday at Central High School but canceled it over the weekend.

TAC Air Little Rock Airport
TAC Air

The fixed base operator at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock have announced plans for a new terminal as part of an $11 million expansion project at the airport.

TAC Air said Monday in a news release that the new executive terminal will include a conference room, pilot lounge, flight-planning area, passenger waiting, theater room, outdoor patio and pilot rest areas.

The new facility will be located next to the north terminal at the airport, which will be demolished after construction is completed to make room for additional hangar space.

complete streets bus bike lanes
David Monteith / KUAR News

The Little Rock City Board of Directors is expected to vote Tuesday night on an ordinance which would impact future development in the city. The Complete Streets policy would require that when transportation improvement projects are planned within the city, consideration of all anticipated users be incorporated.

Director of the Department of Planning and Development, Tony Bozynski, has been involved with crafting the policy since 2013. He said, “Complete Streets is all about safety and to provide equal access for all users of the city’s roadways and all modes of transportation.”

Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport Sign
Jason Burt / Arkansas Business

Officials at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport say a taxiway rehabilitation project is closer to completion after a redesign.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports another version of the rehabilitation plan for Taxiway B is up for approval at the Little Rock Airport Commission meeting on Tuesday. The initial plan was approved in 2009.

The Washington County quorum court in Arkansas is set to investigate claims that the Harvey Dowell Bridge in Fayetteville, as well as other bridges, were improperly built.

KHOG-TV reports George Braswell, who works for the county road department, sued the county last December alleging that reinforcing steel was improperly used in the Harvey Dowell Bridge's construction. He said crews dangerously deviated from the original engineering plans in order to meet deadlines.

U.S. Senator John Boozman, R-Ark., and Congressman French Hill, R-Little Rock, sent a letter to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs urging an evaluation of the planning process for renewable energy programs.

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