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5:02 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Little Rock Leaders Launch Campaign To Fund Robinson Renovation Project

Supporters of the renovation project gather on the steps of Robinson Center Music Hall.
Michael Hibblen KUAR

Little Rock city leaders kicked off a campaign Tuesday to get citizens excited about helping to fund a $68 million renovation and expansion project at Robinson Center Music Hall.

The event was held on the steps of the auditorium, with Mayor Mark Stodola and other city leaders promoting a December 10 special election to vote on whether to use an existing two percent advertising and promotion tax to finance the additions.

Former Mayor Jim Dailey reminded those in attendance of the building’s historical significance.

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2:44 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Arkansas Democrats Request Ethics Probe Of Rep. Tom Cotton

Benton Smith, a campaign law and finance attorney for the Arkansas Democratic Party, speaks to reporters outside the state Capitol Tuesday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Arkansas Democratic Party is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Republican Rep. Tom Cotton illegally solicited contributions for his Senate campaign during an interview inside the U.S. Capitol.

But Cotton’s campaign says conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt misspoke when he said Cotton was in the Capitol as he joined the talk show by phone on Sept. 30.

During a press conference in Little Rock Tuesday, Democratic Party campaign law and finance attorney Benton Smith alleged a violation of federal campaign law had occurred.

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12:59 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Torrential Rainfall Expected In Arkansas Wednesday And Thursday

The National Weather Service is predicting torrential rainfall across Arkansas on Wednesday and Thursday.

A slow moving cold front will move into the western part of the state Wednesday afternoon and rain will begin to develop. It will become widespread overnight.

Heavy rain will continue throughout the day Thursday and should taper off by late Thursday afternoon.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Tabitha Clark says the moisture that is currently in place will interact with the cold front and cause the potential for flash flooding.

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12:21 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Hill, Reynolds Announce Congressional Bids

A Little Rock banking executive and a retired Army colonel from Conway say they're running for the central Arkansas congressional seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin.

Delta Trust & Banking Corp. Founder French Hill and retired Col. Conrad Reynolds announced Tuesday they're seeking the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District next year.

They're the first Republican candidates to announce since Griffin said last week he wouldn't seek a third term.

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9:01 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Corn Harvest Done, Rain On Way In Arkansas

Sorghum Plants
Credit uark.edu

Federal agriculture officials say Arkansas' corn harvest is complete while harvesting of sorghum and rice is almost done.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service says 98 percent of the sorghum harvest is complete, along with 92 percent of the rice harvest.

According to the statistics service, 100 percent of cotton bolls have opened and 54 percent are harvested. The Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas says the cotton crop is a full week behind the typical pace.

Soybeans are 60 percent harvested.

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8:57 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Appeals Court Denies Request To Delay Desegregation Trial

A federal appeals court 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.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied the district's request to stay proceedings in the trial, set to begin Dec. 9. A federal judge on Oct. 22 had rejected the district's request to delay the trial.

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5:45 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Arkansas Canner Allens Wants To Reorganize Its Debt

Arkansas-based Allens Inc. has filed paperwork seeking to reorganize its debt under federal bankruptcy laws and announced plans to sell its frozen vegetables business.

Arkansas Business reported Monday that Allens listed debts of between $100 million and $500 million.

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3:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Little Rock Airport Ranked Worst In The Nation

Credit Jason Burt / Arkansas Business

A monthly travel magazine ranks Little Rock’s airport as the worst in the nation.

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport was among 67 domestic airports that travelers ranked on six categories. On its website, Travel + Leisure magazine said:

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2:10 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Sued Over Personal Cell Phone Number

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr

A lawyer and blogger is suing Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr for withholding his personal cell phone number from an open records request.

Matt Campbell on Monday filed a complaint in Pulaski County Circuit Court that accused the Republican lieutenant governor of violating the state's Freedom of Information Act by redacting the number from records released by his office. Campbell runs the Democratic-leaning Blue Hog Report website.

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1:07 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Forecasters Predict 'Torrential Rain' For Arkansas

The National Weather Service says severe storms are possible this week in Arkansas along with periods of "torrential rain."

Forecasters say significant rainfall is likely Wednesday and Thursday as a cold front moves through the state.

The weather service doesn't expect an outbreak of severe weather in Arkansas, but forecasters say 1 to 3 inches of rain are likely.

The weather service says the rain is expected to move east by the afternoon or early evening of Halloween. Forecasters predict sunny skies with highs in the low 70s on Friday.

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