Hot Springs' city manager says the cleanup of the torn-down Majestic Hotel complex will happen as quickly as possible.
The historic, vacant hotel was destroyed in a fire last week and the city opted to tear down the building for the safety of the public. City Manager David Watkins says the city will not let the cleanup efforts "drag out" over several months.
This week: Interviews with Arkansas Senator Jane English and director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Shane Broadway about how healthcare, jobs training and college are all interconnected. Also, and interview with Wayne Woods and Darin Grey of Little Rock advertising firm Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods.
While the Arkansas House did convene Monday the chamber had some noticeable vacancies as several representatives did not come to the Capitol due to adverse weather conditions. Re-authorizing funds for the private option was not discussed in the legislature but Republican House Speaker Davy Carter told Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas he is still confident funding will be approved.
The one-week filing period for members of Arkansas' political parties has ended with 412 candidates entering elections this year. The Secretary of State's office says 19 people entered races before Monday's noon deadline. Candidates for non-partisan positions, such as judicial positions, have until 3 p.m. Monday to file paperwork with the state.
The trial of former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner on 14 federal extortion and bribery charges has been delayed because potential jurors cannot travel to the courthouse safely. Jury selection was to begin Monday morning.
The jury pool includes residents from throughout eastern Arkansas, but a winter storm Sunday made many roads in the region impassible. The U.S. Attorney's office says a new starting time has not been set.
The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether an Arkansas prison inmate must be allowed to grow a short beard in accordance with his religious beliefs.
The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal from inmate Gregory Holt, who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a beard. State corrections officials say their grooming policy prohibiting beards promotes hygiene and safety.
The court previously blocked the state from forcing Holt to shave the beard while the appeal was under consideration. The case will be argued in the fall.
The latest round of wintry weather brought over 34,000 power outages statewide Monday. With the threat of precipitation subsiding Entergy Arkansas reported over 26,000 outages while the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas claimed roughly 8,000.
Sally Graham with the state’s largest electric utility Entergy said most of their customers without power are in the state’s northeast.