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.'
Arkansas Carry, the group behind a march in August where attendees openly carried firearms, is postponing its next demonstration in Jonesboro. The death of a 17 year old last week caused by accidentally self-inflicted gun shot wounds at a Chick-Fil-A caused the group to postpone the event until October 6th.
Central Arkansas Water says it may file a lawsuit against ExxonMobil, as well as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
The utility company has requested safety information since April, signed a confidentiality agreement in late August, and has yet to receive access to the information about the Pegasus Pipeline, which ruptured in March.
Recent rain has curbed wildfires in some parts of Arkansas, but agricultural experts say those showers will do little to improve conditions in areas suffering from extreme drought conditions.
Dr. Jon Barry is a forester and volunteer firefighter in southwestern Arkansas. As a specialist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Barry says hay fires in some pastures can be difficult to extinguish and some hay bales can spontaneously combust.
Crews with the Arkansas Forestry Commission are battling a wildfire in Bradley County in south Arkansas that began Wednesday and has grown to nearly 1,500 acres. The blaze was thought to be contained earlier this week but has since grown damaging one of the county's chief industries, pine tree plantations, and three homes.
Arkansas Insurance officials say they're releasing information next week about the rates on plans offered on the marketplace set up under the federal health care law.
State Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford on Thursday told a legislative panel he expected to be able to release the information about the plans on Monday, a little over a week before open enrollment for the health insurance exchange begins on Oct. 1.