Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Workers are postponing Friday's planned implosion of the remaining arches of the Broadway Bridge because of lightning in the area.  

A wind resource map, published by the U.S. Office of Renewable Energy, illustrates the windiest real estate in America. A vertical violet streak down the nation’s midsection indicates persistent, intense winds concentrated in places like western Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. And a private company, called Clean Line Energy Partners, plans to tap that for electricity it can immediately transport to utilities requiring a bolus of alternative energy in their portfolios.  

Senate John Boozman, Conner Eldridge, Frank Gilbert

The three candidates for U.S. Senate defended their parties’ presidential candidates and attacked the others in their first and only debate this election season.

At a debate at AETN, incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman said the two candidates are “very flawed” but the “total package” was the reason he is supporting his party’s nominee, Donald Trump. He said Trump had put forth a list of acceptable Supreme Court nominees while Hillary Clinton in the debate listed personal qualifications but didn’t mention the Constitution.

The Arkansas Supreme Court issued decisions Thursday impacting three items that voters were to consider in next month's general election. Justices disqualified proposals to legalize three casinos and place limits on medical liability cases, while saying a medical marijuana proposal can be considered.

2nd district congressional race Democrat Dianne Curry, Libertarian Chris Hayes and Republican incumbent French Hill.

The three candidates for the state’s 2nd District congressional seat faced off in the final AETN debate, discussing banking reform, the national debt and other issues.

The debate featured Republican U.S. Rep French Hill, Democrat Dianne Curry and Libertarian Chris Hayes.

Asked what banking reforms are needed to protect smaller banks from regulations while keeping the country safe from big banks’ unsafe practices, Hill, a former banker, faulted Congress for passing the Dodd-Frank Act, saying it hurt small community banks.

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics released  joint statement Wednesday opposing two statewide ballot measures to legalize medical marijuana.  In a press release, the organizations gave the following reasons for the opposition:

There are currently no published studies on the efficacy of the marijuana plant as a medication in children.

1st district congressional race  Rick Crawford (R) and Mark West (L)

Republican First District Congressman Rick Crawford and his Libertarian opponent, Mark West, criticized their opposing parties’ presidential nominees and disagreed about America’s role overseas during a lively debate sponsored by AETN. The debate airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Asked how he would explain Donald Trump’s recent comments about women to his female constituents, Crawford said the comments disturbed him but that Trump is still a better choice than Hillary Clinton, whose policies would be a continuation of President Barack Obama’s.

The Faulkner County clerk has pleaded guilty to obstructing governmental operations and agreed to resign - but she's still running for the position next month. 

Margaret Darter pleaded guilty Tuesday to the misdemeanor charge, and she immediately resigned her position as part of her negotiated plea.  

Darter was charged in October 2015 after a prosecutor asked Arkansas State Police to conduct a criminal investigation into the date elected officials filed their Statement of Financial Interest compared to the date stamped on the documents. 

Pine Bluff's city attorney says a mayoral veto of an ordinance requiring city department heads to live within city limits is invalid, which means the measure will take effect Jan. 1. 

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth vetoed the ordinance last month. But City Attorney Althea Hadden-Scott said Tuesday that the mayor did not include a written statement to aldermen explaining her decision, which means the veto did not take effect. 

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

It turns out a 93-year-old bridge deemed structurally deficient wasn't so weak after all.

Despite triggering explosives to bring down the Broadway Bridge between Little Rock and North Little Rock on Tuesday, a demolition crew needed five hours to fell the structure. Severing the steel arch and bridge deck should have taken about 30 seconds.