David Monteith

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David Monteith is a reporter for KUAR news.

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Revitalizing the downtown Main Street area by making it a hub for arts organizations is a project first conceived by Mayor Mark Stodola in 2007. Eight years in the making, he looks forward to announcing the completion of the first phase.

Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah’s resignation goes into effect Monday,  August 31, 2015. Hannah issued a farewell letter on his last day in office.

Earlier in August the nearly 70-year old Chief Justice cited health concerns as his reason for resigning. He chose not to elaborate on the specific health concerns in his letter. Instead he focused on the positive aspects of his time on the state’s highest court saying,

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15 new buses running on compressed natural gas will roll onto the streets of central Arkansas later this week. The new buses are the visible face of an overall rebranding effort in which Central Arkansas Transit Authority will become known as Rock Region METRO.

Kanis Park skateboarding
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Members of the Little Rock skateboarding community were joined by Mayor Mark Stodola and other city officials in Kanis Park Monday morning to receive a check for $150,000. In addition to comments by city officials, Allen Taylor, a member of the local skate community, spoke about the history of the park and his vision for improvements.

Taylor said he was excited about “more stuff to skate obviously, but tying the existing bowl into our DIY stuff – there’s nothing else like that around the country so this is really awesome. It’s quite a feat.”

The 48 Hour Film Project

This weekend Arkansas filmmakers will once again step into the international spotlight as part of the annual 48-hour Film Project. Area film professionals and hobbyists will compete against teams as far away as Amsterdam and Shanghai to create the best short movie. Teams have 48 hours to write, film, edit, and score their entries. Those that meet the deadline are screened and judged locally and the Best Picture from each city continues on to be judged against other cities.

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Central Arkansas Transit Authority, or CATA, will host the first of six public meetings Monday evening as part of its ongoing rebranding project.

Executive Director Jarod Varner hopes the meetings will gather information about the types of improvements to public transit area residents want and are willing to pay for.

“Basically state law allows for a quarter-cent of sales tax (revenue) to be dedicated to transit, so that’s one thing we’ll talk to the community about," Varner said, "what we’d be able to fund with that dedicated source of funding.”

As an additional indicator of improving relations between the U.S. and Cuba, fifty-three Arkansans hosted by the State Chamber of Commerce will begin a week-long visit to Cuba Tuesday. Senior Vice President of the Chamber, Susie Marks says this trip is not focused on forging official business or economic ties, however several members of the group are from key Arkansas industries.

“From the start of our trip there was a lot of interest from the agricultural sector of our state's economy, so there may be an opportunity to open that a little more,” said Marks. 

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The two-day Delta conference on economic equality for working families begins Tuesday in Little Rock.

The Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus, an advocacy group promoting economic development in the impoverished region will host the conference. Topics being discussed will include women and children in poverty and race relations, but the overall focus is economic equality. 

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Plans intended to make South University Avenue safer and more attractive are to be voted on Tuesday by the Little Rock Board of Directors.

Arkansas Nuclear One
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Entergy's nuclear power plant, Arkansas Nuclear One, is currently the worst in the country, according to a ranking by the federal regulators. The reasons for the poor performance rating and plans for improvement will be discussed Tuesday night at 6 p.m.  during a public hearing in Russellville.

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