David Gearhart
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The University of Arkansas plans to rename a campus hall to honor the school's retired chancellor, G. David Gearhart.

The university will rename Ozark Hall after Gearhart at a Friday dedication ceremony in Fayetteville.

Gearhart served as vice chancellor for advancement from 1998 to 2008 and as the university's fifth chancellor from 2008 to 2015 before retiring on July 31.

The school says Gearhart will return to campus in fall 2016 as a faculty member of the College of Education and Health Professions.

Come With Us To Cuba!

Nov 18, 2015

It's time to dig into the intrigue of Cuba…the music, the art, the food, the people, and so much more!

UALR Public Radio is pleased to partner with Collette Travel to bring public radio listeners and other curious-minded folks an opportunity to travel to Cuba next summer on a journey to "Rediscover Cuba."

Through a unique people-to-people exchange and visits to various museums and cultural sites, you will get a taste for all that makes Cuba so intriguing.

Milton Pitts Crenchaw
Butler Center For Arkansas Studios

Milton Pitts Crenchaw, a flight instructor who trained many of the U.S. military's Tuskegee Airmen, has died in Georgia. He was 96.

Crenchaw's daughter, Dolores Singleton, said he died Tuesday at Piedmont Henry Hospital near Atlanta after battling cardiovascular disease and pneumonia.

Singleton said her father, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, was among the last surviving instructors of the Tuskegee Airmen. They were the first African-Americans to fly combat airplanes in World War II.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Foster care officials are pointing to a shortage of caseworkers as numbers of children in the state's system steadily increase.

Division of Children and Family Services director, Cecile Blucker, and staff from the Department of Human Services, spoke to lawmakers Wednesday.

They said the number of foster kids has grown by about 700 in the last few months to 4,600. According to Blucker, 7,600 children are protective service cases and are living at home. 

Commission OKs Two-Cent Hotel Tax For Arts Center, Moves To Little Rock Board

Nov 18, 2015
Arkansas Arts Center

The Little Rock Advertising and Promotions Commission voted Tuesday to increase the hotel tax in Little Rock by two cents to raise $37.5 million dollars to fund a renovation and expansion of the Arkansas Arts Center and MacArthur Park facilities.

The measure must now go before the city board. If the board approves the tax increase, it will take a vote by Little Rock residents to issue bonds.

The Faulkner County Quorum Court has unanimously approved an ordinance allowing elected officials and county employees with concealed carry permits to bring weapons on some county properties.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that the ordinance states that the licensee is still prohibited from carrying a weapon in a detention facility, the Faulkner County Justice Building, a sheriff's department office or any courtroom without permission from the presiding judge.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art says it's acquired an exhibit made entirely of candy.

The museum in Bentonville announced its acquisition of "Untitled" by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, who died in 1996.

Crystal Bridges says the exhibit will include an "endless supply" of the green, cellophane-wrapped candy, which will be spread across the gallery floor.

Visitors will be encouraged to touch, take and even eat the candy and it will routinely be replenished. Christie's says the work sold for $7.6 million last week at auction.

judge joe boeckmann
Arkansas Times

A state disciplinary panel is accusing an Arkansas judge of having inappropriate sexual relationships with defendants.

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission lodged administrative charges Tuesday against Cross County District Judge Joe Boeckmann. If substantiated, the commission could recommend his removal from office.

The complaint alleges Boeckmann inappropriately handled cases involving a man he was dating, the man's siblings and employees of a business run by Boeckmann's sisters.

Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is defending his opposition to relocating any Syrian refugees in the state, arguing there's not a strong enough vetting process before they enter the country.

Hutchinson told reporters Tuesday there aren't any plans to relocate any Syrian refugees in the state, but said he'll ask the state Department of Human Services to resist efforts to move any to Arkansas. Hutchinson and a number of other GOP governors on Monday said they'd oppose the refugees in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris.