Arkansas transportation officials say work to replace a bridge will limit boat navigation on Greers Ferry Lake in Cleburne County.
Crews are replacing the Highway 225 Bridge, which is located just east of Hill Creek Recreation Area.
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says navigation will be closed near the bridge as workers move large equipment and conduct small controlled explosive blasts at the bottom of the lake.
Transportation officials say the temporary closures will be in effect from now through Nov. 8, except for Sundays.
Governor Mike Beebe on Monday signed bills passed over the weekend, in a special session, which partially reduce a rise in public school employee insurance premiums. The session was called to address both short and long-term fixes but some of the reforms have yet to be crafted. A task force will study the issue further in the coming months.
Ongoing funding to mitigate premium increases will partially come from school facility and teacher development funds. But Beebe said that’s just one part of a more permanent fix.
A lawsuit filed a decade ago against the tobacco company Phillip Morris USA is set to have its second hearing Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman has details.
The hearing, delayed for years over jurisdictional questions, is set to determine whether or not allegations against the tobacco company can be considered a class-action lawsuit. Plaintiffs are seeking to represent every Arkansan who smoked Marlboro Lights over a 38-year period.
Former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays, a Democrat, will hold a news conference Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Hays Senior Center in North Little Rock.
He has been in talks with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about running to represent Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District.
Congressman Tim Griffin, who currently occupies that seat, made a surprise announcement Monday that he will not seek a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republican says he wants to spend more time with his family.
A judge has granted federal prosecutors' request to end a delay in a lawsuit over the ExxonMobil oil spill in central Arkansas. U.S. District Judge James Moody on Monday granted prosecutors' request to lift a stay in the case.
Moody granted their request to delay proceedings earlier this month because of the partial government shutdown.
Prosecutors said in previous court filings that most attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were unable to work on the case, even on a voluntary basis, because of the lapse in federal funding.
Congressman Tim Griffin made a surprise announcement Monday that he will not seek a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Republican from Arkansas’ 2nd district says he wants to spend more time with his family.
“It’s something that my wife and I have been talking about, praying about, for the last five, six, seven months and decided to finish my second term of course, but to not seek a third term,” Griffin said in an interview with KUAR.
He wants to spend more time with wife and children, Griffin said.