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10:14 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Aquarium Included In Little Rock Zoo's Master Plan

Credit InArkansas.com

Little Rock leaders are considering a new master plan that would add an aquarium to the city's zoo.

The plan announced Tuesday calls for the Little Rock Zoo to remain within its current 36.8 acres but adds new exhibits on undeveloped land.

Under the plan, the zoo's current tropical birdhouse would be transformed into an aquarium that would double as a rental venue and auditorium. The building would have two large wall tanks - one saltwater and one freshwater.

The plan also calls for new exhibits, primarily with a water theme.

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9:02 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Engineering Team From UALR To Compete In Texas

A mechanical engineering design team from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is set to compete in an international event after winning first-place among 18 teams in the Student Professional Development Conference in Lubbock, Texas.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers organized the event that was held April 4-6 at Texas Tech University.

This year's event called for the team to design a small unmanned air vehicle to carry cargo through two gates, drop a payload and return to the starting point.

Local & Regional News
4:27 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

AARP Survey Finds Older Arkansans Support Age Discrimination Protections

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A survey released Tuesday by the AARP finds older Arkansans overwhelmingly support legislation furthering protections for older employees in the workplace. Age discrimination occurs when a person is the target of an adverse employment decision because of their age. The survey reported legislation designed to combat the problem, the Protecting Older Workers Against Age Discrimination Act, is supported by 81% of Arkansans over age 50.

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3:51 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Senate Hopeful Cotton Defends Vote Against Farm Bill

Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton on Tuesday defended his vote against the farm bill, saying the measure didn't do enough to cut food stamps. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says his GOP rival ignored Arkansas' farmers with his vote.

Speaking at a daylong candidate forum held by the Arkansas Farm Bureau, Cotton said the nearly $100 billion-a-year legislation didn't do enough for the state's farmers and should have included more reforms to cut food stamps' costs.

Local & Regional News
3:48 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Director Of UAMS Myeloma Institute Stepping Down

The crowd at Tuesday's announcement gives a standing ovation to Dr. Bart Barlogie.
Credit Kezia Nanda/KUAR News

The longtime director and founder of the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is stepping down. On Tuesday he was honored for his work and a successor was announced. 

Dr. Gareth Morgan who is currently a clinician and researcher with the Myeloma UK Research Center at the Institute of Cancer Research in London was named to the position.

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3:28 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Arkansas Tech Trustees Announce New President

The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees has selected a Massachusetts university official as the next president of the college in Russellville.

Robin Bowen was elected unanimously during a special board meeting Tuesday. She will be ATU's 12th president and becomes the first woman to serve as president at a public, four-year university in Arkansas.

Bowen is currently the executive vice president and provost at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. She will fill the office being vacated by ATU President Robert Brown.

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2:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Clinton School Building Becomes Oldest In Arkansas To Receive Certification

(Left to right) Stephanie Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation, Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service (speaking), Debbie Shock, director of operations and facilities for the Clinton Presidential Center and Jason Hartke, vice-president of national policy with the United States Green Building Council.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A former railroad station in Little Rock that today houses the Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is getting a new certification for energy efficiency.

To mark Earth Day, officials gathered Tuesday in front of Sturgis Hall, which was built in 1899, to make the announcement.

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11:13 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Senator John Boozman Recovering From Emergency Heart Surgery

File photo of Sen. John Boozman

Senator John Boozman underwent emergency heart surgery Tuesday in Rogers.

Many of the details are still unknown but Boozman’s spokesman Patrick Creamer said it appears things are going smoothly.

“Doctors have been very pleased with the way he’s responded to the surgery thus far. They’re supposed to let us know at the time of completion and we’ll have a full statement from the family,” said Creamer.

Creamer said the 63-year-old senator’s surgery lasted well over two hours.

Boozman had a full day of public appearances scheduled.

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11:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

UAMS Cancer Center Receives $20 Million In Contributions

Officials with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock say one of its cancer centers has received about $20 million in state funding and philanthropic contributions.

In an announcement Tuesday, UAMS officials say the funding will help pay for new laboratory construction and research programs by the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy. They say the myeloma institute received about $5 million from the state's General Improvement Funds, which was matched 3-to-1 by philanthropic contributions.

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9:24 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Arkansas Tech Trustees To Select New President

The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting in which they're expected to select and introduce the university's next president.

The board is to meet Tuesday afternoon on the south lawn of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center on the ATU campus in Russellville. Gov. Mike Beebe is expected to attend.

The event is open to the public with a reception in the Pendergraft Library and Technology Center to follow.

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