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1:34 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Historic Building In Downtown Little Rock To Become Hotel

Boyle Building on Main Street in Little Rock

The Chi family of Little Rock is announcing it will turn the century-old Boyle Building at the corner of Main Street and Capitol Avenue into an Aloft Hotel.

The family already owns two hotels and several restaurants in Little Rock.

David Robinson, one of the partners for Main Street Lofts who until recently was the owner of Boyle Building, said the Chi Hotel Group purchased the building for $4.6 million.

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Local & Regional News
1:09 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Arkansas Herpetologist, University of Tulsa Researcher Find New Species

Ouachita Streambed Salamander (Eurycea subfluvicola).
Credit Dr Ronald M. Bonett / University of Tulsa

A salamander first discovered by a University of Tulsa doctoral student in 2011 is being hailed as a new species in an international journal for animal taxonomy.

Doctoral student Michael Steffen and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Herpetologist Kelly Irwin discovered the new species in May 2011 while studying genetic diversity of other salamanders in Lake Catherine State Park near Hot Springs, Ark.

The university says the latest issue of Zootaxa will feature the paper and provide details on the Ouachita Streambed Salamander.

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Metropolitan Opera
10:10 am
Tue April 15, 2014

April 19: Arabella

Malin Byström as the title character of Strauss’s “Arabella.”
Credit Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Richard Strauss’s elegant romance ArabellaSaturday, April 19 at noon on KLRE Classical 90.5.

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Local & Regional News
8:27 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Cotton: $1.3M Raised In First 3 Months Of '14

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton says he's raised more than $1.35 million in the first three months of the year in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor this fall.

Cotton's campaign on Monday said it'll report raising more than $4.8 million since announcing last year he would challenge Pryor. The campaign did not say how much money Cotton would report having on hand for his bid.

Local & Regional News
8:24 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Recovery To Begin For Sunken Barge In Mississippi River

Salvage operations for a barge that overturned and sank last week in the Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas are expected to begin.

Spokesman Richard Wheatley for Kinder Morgan says recovery of the submerged vessel will begin Tuesday and should end Friday, depending on the weather. Wheatley says steel coils that fell into the water need to be removed before the boat is raised.

Local & Regional News
8:11 am
Tue April 15, 2014

NWS Confirms First Arkansas Tornado Of 2014

The National Weather Service has confirmed Arkansas' first tornado of 2014.

Forecasters in Tulsa, Okla., say an EF1 tornado hit Sunday evening in a rural area of Franklin County in western Arkansas. The weather service says the twister touched down at 8:45 p.m. about 1 mile south-southeast of the community of Vesta before lifting and touching down again in the Peter Pender area.

The weather service says the tornado's path was 5.4 miles long with a maximum width of 450 yards.

Immigration Issues
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Mexican Teen With Arkansan Roots Awaits Judge's Ruling On Deportation

Mariana Soto, left, with sister Marisol.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

Today, a 20-year-old undocumented immigrant, who has grown up for the majority of her life in Pea Ridge, Arkansas will go before a federal judge to see whether she will be deported.

Marisol Soto’s story is one of many in the United States as debates about immigration reform are stalled in the US Congress. Reporter Jacqueline Froelich of KUAF in Fayetteville has this immigration story.

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Local & Regional News
3:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Arkansas GOP Granted Inclusion in Defense of Absentee-Voter ID Rule

Pulaski County Courthouse
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The state Republican Party is being allowed to intervene in a lawsuit defending ID rules for absentee voters. The decision came Monday morning after a ruling by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox.

The state Board of Election Commissioners created a rule in February allowing absentee voters additional time to show ID if they failed to include a copy. The elections commission in Pulaski County has challenged the state board’s authority to craft the rule saying only the legislature can make such a provision.

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Local & Regional News
2:03 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

The Beatles Photographs, Tribute Concerts, And Yellow Submarine In Argenta Arts District

Beatles performed at "Ed Sullivan Show" in February of 1964.
Credit argentaartsdistrict.org

To celebrate the 50th year of the Beatles' first trip to America, the Argenta Arts Foundation is holding a week-long event April 11th-through 19th in North Little Rock.

The foundation is partnering with Retro Image Archive to present some never-before-seen photographs of one of the world’s most popular bands.

The Beatles’ photographs will be on display at various venues on Main St. in North Little Rock.

The event will also include night time Beatles tribute concerts and films.

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Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

After Heavy Rains, Frigid Air In Store For Arkansas

After enduring a battering of torrential rains over the weekend, Arkansans may now have to bundle up as a cold front moves through the state bringing the likelihood of freezing weather Monday night. The state rarely feels temperatures drop below freezing in mid-April, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Tabitha Clark, who says a cold front moving in from Canada is causing the mercury in the thermometer to drop.

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