In his latest “State of the City” Address, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola called for new efforts to end childhood obesity and violence among young African American males in the city. At the Centre at University Park Monday before several city leaders and community members, Stodola delivered his annual address, pointing out many of the city’s successes and several problem areas.
The actor known for True Grit and The Big Lebowski stopped by a Little Rock elementary school Monday to have breakfast with students and to talk about child hunger in America. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman covered the event featuring Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges.
After breakfast, students at Stephens Elementary gathered to take part in games promoting healthy foods while Jeff Bridges and leaders from a number of Arkansas hunger relief organizations mingled with teachers and onlookers.
Figures released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Monday show an increase in the number of workers who’ve found a job. The unemployment rate dropped a tenth of one percent to 7.3 percent in January, compared to December. It’s also two-tenths of a percent lower from the same time last year.
Dr. Michael Pakko with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute for Economic Advancement says overall the numbers show positive trends in the state’s economy.
This week's report: Midcontinent Independent System Operator broke ground on a new regional operations center in Little Rock; Tyson execs say their company has adopted a no excuses mindset the last few years that has lead to sales and earnings growth; Homes sold in Arkansas this past January is 8.7 percent higher over a year ago.
A coalition pushing a $3 million homeless campus in Fort Smith hopes to soon shore up funding and finalize a plan so renovation work can start later this year.
The Old Fort Homeless Coalition plans to purchase and renovate a 127,500-square-foot former furniture factory to start Riverview Hope Campus. The first phase of the project will renovate about 35,000 square feet of the factory at a cost of more than $1 million.
Actor Jeff Bridges is scheduled to visit Little Rock to promote an effort aimed at reducing childhood hunger.
The No Kid Hungry campaign is trying to increase participation in programs that provide meals for children at their schools. The campaign is a part of the national, non-profit group Share Our Strength.
Bridges is scheduled to attend a school assembly Monday at Little Rock's Stephens Elementary School, followed by a panel discussion with Gov. Mike Beebe and Share Our Strength CEO Billy Shore.