Local & Regional News
5:41 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Lane Closures Planned On I-430 In Little Rock

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says construction work will mean a lane closure on Interstate 430 in Little Rock.

The department says the inside, northbound lane of I-430 from the Kanis Road overpass to the I-630 interchange will be closed from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. starting on Monday.

The lane closing and work is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, weather permitting.

Workers are constructing of a permanent concrete barrier wall separating both directions of traffic on I-430.

Local & Regional News
5:39 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Lane Of Highway 10 To Be Closed For Bridge Repair

A lane of Arkansas Highway 10 in Little Rock will be closed during the next several weeks for bridge deck repairs.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the westbound, outside lane of the highway - also known as Cantrell Road - will be shut down just west of Dillard's corporate headquarters from Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The department says work on the bridge is expected to continue for the next three weeks - except on Fridays and weekends - weather permitting until the repair work is complete.

Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Plan Would Bring New Use To Old Fort Smith Bridge

A bridge completed during World War II has been rediscovered in Fort Smith and parks officials plan to incorporate the structure into a nature trail.

The trail around Torraine Lake, also known as Stick Lake is at Ben Geren Regional Park.

Officials say the bridge was completed in 1941. The bridge area has been cleared of decades' worth of buildup of trees and brush.

The Southwest Times Record reports the bridge is on landfill property owned by Fort Smith.

Local & Regional News
5:35 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Darr To Announce Whether He'll Seek House Seat

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr is announcing whether he'll seek the Republican nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.

Darr on Monday planned a campaign announcement in Huntington on Monday night.

Darr said last week he was likely to run for the 4th Congressional District now that Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Darr was elected to the state's No. 2 constitutional office in 2010. Earlier this year, he ruled out running for governor and Senate.

Local & Regional News
6:15 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Faulkner County Burglars Hit Homes During Funerals

Authorities in Faulkner County say it appears local burglars have been reading the obituaries and breaking into homes while the owners are away a funerals.

A woman's home in Conway was burglarized on Wednesday while she was attending her husband's funeral. Authorities say at least two other similar burglaries have occurred.

Wednesday's victim, Debra Storment, told Little Rock television station KATV that she wants people to be aware of the danger.

Fine Art & Tourism
6:11 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Crystal Bridges About To Log 1 Millionth Visitor

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville hasn't been open even two years but the northwest Arkansas hot spot is about to welcome its 1 millionth visitor.

When it opened on Nov. 11, 2011, museum organizers expected between 150,000 and 300,000 visitors per year. The first year brought in 650,000 patrons, lured in part by free admission to the museum's regular collection.

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Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
5:40 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

8-13-13 Ballet

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Local & Regional News
10:23 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Governor Touts Manufacturing Expansion In Radio Address

Governor Mike Beebe's radio address:

"I've participated in lots of job announcements as Governor. The ones that seem to generate the most buzz and excitement are those that welcome a new business to Arkansas. I certainly understand that feeling. When a new company announces that it will invest in our State, it's a sign of approval and confidence from another part of the country or the world. These are indications of the continued growth of Arkansas's positive business reputation that we like to see.

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Local & Regional News
9:21 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Faulkner Co. Man Runs But Can't Hide From Latest Conviction

The moral of this story is the moment when the jury says, “Guilty” is not a good time to lose track of the defendant.

Twenty-four year old Rolandis Chatmon already had three previous felony convictions and a record of bad behavior in prison.

So, when a Faulkner County Circuit Court jury came back with a guilty verdict on three new counts of aggravated armed robbery and one theft-of-property charge, he knew the penalty would be bad.

So, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports, he ran.

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Local & Regional News
4:54 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Four Men Charged With With The Armed Robbery Of Seven Restaurants And One Store

A joint investigation conducted by the Department of Justice and local police force arrested four Arkansans charged with robbing eight local restaurants and one store.

Two of the men have previous criminal records, and over $8,000 was stolen during the crimes. US Attorney Christopher Thyer says solving cases can be more effective when state and local entities work together. 

"All four defendants are currently in custody. During these robberies suspects were aggresive...lives were put in danger" said Thyer.