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2:53 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

CDC Confirms Case Of Enterovirus In Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health on Monday confirmed the state has its first case of enterovirus D68. The respiratory virus has spread over the last month, reaching states bordering Arkansas. Spokeswoman Kerry Krell said the symptoms, mostly in children, are similar to a cold but can be severe.

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2:37 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

U.S. Marshals Museum To Break Ground In Fort Smith

A computer rendering of the museum's interior
Credit U.S. Marshal Museum Website

Ground will be broken Wednesday in Fort Smith for the long-anticipated U.S. Marshals Museum. The Western Arkansas city was chosen out of a sixteen city national competition.

This groundbreaking ceremony coincides with the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service, an appropriate match considering Fort Smith is a venerated place in the Service’s history.

Jim Dunn is president and CEO of the museum. He said the decision was made by the US Marshals Service Director, John Clark.  

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12:13 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Arkansas Highway Commission Accepts Bid For Improvements

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid of nearly $1 million for road improvements in Cabot and Maumelle.

The commission announced Monday that it awarded a $977,000 contract to Cranford Construction Co. of North Little Rock for the projects. Construction is set to begin within the next two to four weeks with completion planned by the end of the year.

The improvements include resurfacing 5.4 miles of roadway in Cabot and 1.3 miles of roadway in Maumelle.

Local & Regional News
9:01 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Groundbreaking Planned For East Arkansas Steel Mill

Officials will break ground Monday on a $1.3 billion steel mill that's promised to be an economic boon for northeast Arkansas.

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Monday near Osceola, where the Big River Steel mill is being built.

The project is expected to bring about 2,000 temporary construction jobs and about 500 full-time jobs once the mill is up and running.

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8:06 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Speaker Says Outside Pressure Distorting Data in K-12 Broadband Push

House Speaker-designate Jeremy Gillam (R-Judsonia).
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Arkansas lawmakers Friday approved a contract they hope will lay the groundwork for action in January’s legislative session to provide adequate broadband in every public school. The Arkansas Legislative Council approved a $1 million contract for a consulting firm to evaluate the existing internet capabilities of the state’s public schools. 

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6:26 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Bid To Replace Little Rock Bridge Is Accepted

Broadway Bridge

A $98.4 million dollar bid has been accepted for the replacement of the Broadway Bridge that crosses the Arkansas River and connects downtown North Little Rock with downtown Little Rock.

The Arkansas Highway Commission and Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department said Friday they have accepted the bid from Massman Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri.

The project is the single largest contract ever awarded by the Highway Commission.

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6:20 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Arkansas Prisons Chief Announces Retirement

Ray Hobbs (front) testifies before a Legislative committee earlier this year.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Arkansas Department of Correction Director Ray Hobbs announced Friday that he's retiring effective Nov. 1.

Hobbs has worked in the prison system since 1975 when he was hired as an entry-level guard at the Tucker Unit. He was named the department's director in June 2010.

Hobbs' departure comes as the department is preparing to ask lawmakers next year for funding to build a $100 million maximum security prison to help ease overcrowding at local jails housing state inmates.

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12:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Legendary Director Oliver Stone Taking Part In Little Rock Event

Oliver Stone
Credit oliverstone.com

Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone is visiting Little Rock Saturday as part of this year’s Reel Civil Rights Film Festival. Stone will participate in a moderated discussion following the screening of an episode of his 2012 television documentary series, "The Untold History of the United States."

Part of the 60-minute episode explores the decision of President Dwight D. Eisenhower to send the 101st Airborne to Little Rock to enforce the 1957 integration of Central High.

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11:13 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Mike Ross & Asa Hutchinson Squaring Off In Televised Debate

Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross
Credit Talk Business & Politics

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are set to square off in their first televised debate in the race for Arkansas' top office.

Hutchinson and Ross are scheduled to debate Friday in a live broadcast by Little Rock television station KARK. The 7 p.m. debate will also be broadcast live on Fayetteville station KNWA and Texarkana TV station KTAL.

Hutchinson and Ross are both former congressmen who are running to succeed Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who is prohibited by term limits from seeking re-election.

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11:03 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Arkansas Jobless Rate Increases In August

State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate rose slightly in August to 6.3 percent. It's the first time the state's jobless rate has increased in 2014.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Friday that August's rate crept up one-tenth of a percentage point over July's.

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