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7:04 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

ASU Board Of Trustees Approves $27.7M Bond Issue

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees has approved a $27.7 million bond issue to finance the completion of a humanities and social sciences building and construction of a multipurpose student activities center on the Jonesboro campus.

The school says the board approved the measure on Friday.

School officials say the 120,000-square-foot Humanities and Social Sciences Building is expected to be finished by fall 2015. It will be the new home of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and other academic programs.

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Economic Development
5:19 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Proposed Arkansas Steel Mill Mining Up Customers

State Economic Development Director Grant Tenille talks before the Arkansas Senate about the proposed Big River Steel Mill earlier this year.

The state's economic development director says a planned $1.1 billion steel mill for northeast Arkansas is on pace to close on its financing by the end of the year.

The Big River Steel mill is to employ 2,000 construction workers and, when operating, have more than 500 workers earning salaries averaging more than $75,000.

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KLRE Classical Music Review
12:02 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Ritual Scenes of Pagan Russia Come To Little Rock

Igor Stravinsky
Credit Wikipedia / Wikipedia

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra took the stage at Robinson Center Saturday night at about twice its normal size. Two Wagner tubas, double timpani, an extended percussion section, bass trumpet and other exotic instruments were all added for this heavy-hitting first concert in the ASO’s 2013-2014 Masterworks series.

By all accounts, the stage was set for Russian extravagance and festivities, as well as (also Russian) scenes of brutal pagan rituals portrayed in Stravinsky’s ground breaking and controversial ballet, 'The Rite of Spring.' 

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Local & Regional News
5:49 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Open Carry Demonstration Delayed Because of Chick-Fil-A Shooting

Arkansas Carry
Credit arkansascarry.com

Arkansas Carry, the group behind a march in August where attendees openly carried firearms, is postponing its next demonstration in Jonesboro. The death of a 17 year old last week caused by accidentally self-inflicted gun shot wounds at a Chick-Fil-A caused the group to postpone the event until October 6th.

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Local & Regional News
4:56 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Pipeline Information Dispute May Result In A Lawsuit

Central Arkansas Water says it may file a lawsuit against ExxonMobil, as well as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The utility company has requested safety information since April, signed a confidentiality agreement in late August, and has yet to receive access to the information about the Pegasus Pipeline, which ruptured in March. 

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Local & Regional News
3:36 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Agriculture Experts Warn Arkansas Farmers About Hay Fires

GREAT BALES OF FIRE -- Stacked round bales ablaze in this file photo taken in August 2013 in Miller County.
Credit Doug Petty / Univ. of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Recent rain has curbed wildfires in some parts of Arkansas, but agricultural experts say those showers will do little to improve conditions in areas suffering from extreme drought conditions.

Dr. Jon Barry is a forester and volunteer firefighter in southwestern Arkansas. As a specialist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Barry says hay fires in some pastures can be difficult to extinguish and some hay bales can spontaneously combust.

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Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Fundamentals Of Adult Literacy In Arkansas: Part Two

Cristina Randolph is an adult learner in the Literacy Action program.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Recent estimates by the U.S. Department Education show more than 298,000 Arkansans lack basic reading skills.

Many adults seek out help from tutors because they never learned how to read in grade school. However, a growing number of adults are participating in literacy programs for a different reason. 

“What I’m trying to do is have a normal life and do things I like to do,” said Cristina Randolph, while sitting in a study room at the Main Library in downtown Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
5:09 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Wildfire in Southeast Arkansas

Wildfire Risk Map of Arkansas
Credit arkfireinfo.org / Arkansas Forestry Commission

Crews with the Arkansas Forestry Commission are battling a wildfire in Bradley County in south Arkansas that began Wednesday and has grown to nearly 1,500 acres. The blaze was thought to be contained earlier this week but has since grown damaging one of the county's chief industries, pine tree plantations, and three homes.

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Local & Regional News
5:01 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Arkansas Insurance Exchange Rates Coming Next Week

Arkansas Insurance officials say they're releasing information next week about the rates on plans offered on the marketplace set up under the federal health care law.

State Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford on Thursday told a legislative panel he expected to be able to release the information about the plans on Monday, a little over a week before open enrollment for the health insurance exchange begins on Oct. 1.

Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Arkansas Death Row Inmate Dropping Appeals Again

Karl Roberts

An Arkansas death row inmate convicted of raping and killing his 12-year-old niece says he wants to be executed. Karl Roberts initially didn't file an appeal, but changed his mind in 2004.

In Polk County court Wednesday, he told Judge J.W. Looney: "I'm ready to go."

The Southwest Times Record newspaper of Fort Smith reported that Roberts said that while he would like to live, he has to take responsibility for the death of Andria Nichole Brewer, who died in 1999.

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