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2:08 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Little Rock Gym Reopens After Fire Incident

Little Rock's city-owned gym, which was closed last week due to an electrical fire, is set to reopen Friday.

Parks and Recreation Director Truman Tolefree said members of the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center have been patient as repairs have been made.

 

“I think we were quite lucky and that damage was contained to the indoor pool area and the sauna area and we're still in the process of trying to assess the exact dollar cost of the damage that was done,” Tolefree said.

Local & Regional News
12:12 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Tax Relief Available For Arkansas Tornado Victims

Faulkner County residents affected by this week's tornado are eligible for special tax relief with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

The agency says taxpayers there who have issues affecting their ability to file or pay sales and use tax, withholding tax, corporate income tax or any other state taxes as a result of the storms should contact DF&A for a deadline extension.

The agency also says that property losses attributed to the tornado can be deducted as a loss on income tax returns.

Local & Regional News
10:11 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Ways To Help In The Aftermath Of Arkansas Tornado

Credit James Bryant via AP

Many groups are working to provide assistance to Arkansans impacted by the recent tornado that caused extensive destruction.

Below is a list of some of the places to donate money, clothes, food, blood, furniture, to get emergency phones and WiFi, to get help with pet, and to find shelters.

Where to donate:

The Arkansas Community Foundation is taking donations to be distributed to various non-profit organizations that are helping tornado victims in the state.

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Local & Regional News
9:13 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Arkansas County Unveils Roadmap For Revitalization

Mississippi County officials have unveiled a community revitalization plan that sets goals for the next 10 years in the areas of economic development, education, housing, and health and wellness, among others.

The county's first Delta Bridge Project Strategic Plan comes after a year of discussions between public and private officials and organizations.

The Delta Bridge Project - funded by the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation and Southern Bancorp- is a community-led plan for revitalizing the county's social and economic areas.

Local & Regional News
6:21 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Republican Primary 2nd Congressional: French Hill

French Hill
Credit facebook.com

This is the second in KUAR's series of interviews with each of the three candidates in the contested Republican 2nd Congressional District Primary comprised of Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pulaski, Saline, Van Buren, and White counties.

Click here for the first interview with Ann Clemmer.

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6:52 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Deadly Arkansas Twister Was EF4,Matches '08 Storm Rating

Forecasters say a tornado that hit Little Rock's suburbs and killed 15 people had winds approaching 200 mph.

Sunday's storm was rated as a "high-end" EF4 on a scale of tornado strength. The EF4 rating is the same as that given to a storm that killed 13 people on Feb. 5, 2008.

Storms rated EF4 have winds between 166 and 200 mph.

Arkansas hasn't had a top-of-the-scale storm since April 10, 1929, when a twister formed south of Batesville in Independence County and struck Sneed in northern Jackson County. That storm was rated F5 on a previous scale and killed 23.

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6:51 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

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3:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Entergy Arkansas Repairing Tornado Damage, May Be Awhile

Entergy Arkansas is facing some challenges in repairing damage to its infustructure from the tornado that hit the state earlier this week.

Spokesman David Lewis said it will take some time for the utility to rebuild, especially in parts of hard him Faulkner County.

“In a concentrated damaged area like with a tornado, you can actually fit only so many workers at one time. So we saturate the area with as many as we can put in.”

Lewis said poles were snapped, transmission lines were downed and distribution equipment were greatly damaged by Sunday’s tornado.

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2:48 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

FEMA Officials Urge Arkansans To Register For Aid

Vehicles that were picked up by Sunday's tornado and thrown into a lake.
Credit National Weather Service

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging Arkansans affected by severe storms earlier this week to register with the agency because they may qualify for disaster assistance.

FEMA officials said Wednesday that residents and business owners in Faulkner County who had property damage from the storms should file an application with the agency for aid. The assistance should cover temporary housing and medical expenses.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama approved a major disaster declaration for the county that allows residents to apply for aid.

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12:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Museum of Discovery Educator To Be Featured On 'Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Kevin Delaney

Kevin Delaney, director of visitor experience at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, will be a featured performer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, May 5, at 10:30 p.m. 

Delaney will be performing three science demonstrations with Fallon as his laboratory assistant.

You may also recognize Delany as the voice of the Speaking Science spots that air on KUAR 89.1.

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