The fifth annual Shine a Light on Literacy event will take place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion. Literacy Action of Central Arkansas will host the event and First Lady Ginger Beebe is scheduled to speak.
The event will include hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and a silent auction featuring works from local artists and authors. Hannah K. Vogler, event coordinator for Literacy Action, says some unique trips and experiences will also be auctioned. She says improving adult literacy is very important for society.
Little Rock city leaders are to decide next Tuesday on whether to allow voters to decide a proposal to fund the renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall.
Tuesday evening the Board of Directors heard a presentation detailing upgrades to the facility. Earlier in the day advocates for the project detailed it for reporters. You can view a PDF of the presentation here.
An expected hike of nearly 50 percent for teacher insurance premiums at the start of 2014 had officials meeting at the Capitol Monday. Governor Mike Beebe said a consensus between teachers, superintendents, and lawmakers are needed before a special session is convened to address it.
The looming possibility of a government shutdown has first district Republican Representative Rick Crawford saying it would be President Obama’s fault. The potential shutdown is the result of a strategy by some House Republicans to pass a budget without including funding for the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate is majority Democrat and any budget not including funding for health care programs is unlikely to pass and garner the President’s signature but Crawford said otherwise.
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees has approved a $27.7 million bond issue to finance the completion of a humanities and social sciences building and construction of a multipurpose student activities center on the Jonesboro campus.
The school says the board approved the measure on Friday.
School officials say the 120,000-square-foot Humanities and Social Sciences Building is expected to be finished by fall 2015. It will be the new home of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and other academic programs.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra took the stage at Robinson Center Saturday night at about twice its normal size. Two Wagner tubas, double timpani, an extended percussion section, bass trumpet and other exotic instruments were all added for this heavy-hitting first concert in the ASO’s 2013-2014 Masterworks series.
By all accounts, the stage was set for Russian extravagance and festivities, as well as (also Russian) scenes of brutal pagan rituals portrayed in Stravinsky’s ground breaking and controversial ballet, 'The Rite of Spring.'