David Monteith

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David Monteith is a reporter for KUAR news.

Central Arkansas Transit Authority CATA bus
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Public transportation in the Little Rock area will undergo some major changes this summer. In July, 15 new buses with a noticeably different paint scheme will be added to the fleet as Central Arkansas Transit Authority, or CATA, becomes known as the Rock Region METRO.

The modern buses and new branding are part of a broader project known as Move Central Arkansas. Leading the effort is Executive Director and CEO Jarod Varner.

Whitney Murph Hal Cook
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The family of a Jacksonville man has filed a lawsuit against Arkansas Funeral Care and its owner LeRoy Wood. The suit, announced at a press conference Monday, alleges that Kenny Alton Smith’s funeral had to be done with a closed casket due to negligence by the funeral home staff.

When asked about the motivations behind the suit, Hal Cook, an attorney for the Smith family said, “I think they want to do the right thing. They want other people to come forward and be comforted and get some type of closure that they’re going to hopefully ultimately get.”

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A winter storm moving northeast from the Gulf of Mexico brought snow to Texas, New Mexico, and parts of western Arkansas Thursday. The same weather system generated rain in the Little Rock area, but some snowfall is possible in central Arkansas early Friday.

Jeff Hood, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, does not expect road conditions in Little Rock to be significantly impacted.

Arkansas small business owners have the opportunity to learn more about the state’s health insurance marketplaces during a free webinar Tuesday. The on-line seminar will explore topics related to the costs and benefits of using the marketplaces.

Edward Haddock with the Small Business Administration said the information presented will be relevant even as the Arkansas Legislature discusses the future of healthcare in the state.

Esse Purse Museum
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It’s the only one of its kind in the United States and one of only three in the world. Located on Main Street in Little Rock is the ESSE Purse Museum. Laura Hardy, public relations director, says when people learn about it, “The reaction is usually like, ‘What the heck is a purse museum’ or, ‘Oh my gosh that is so cool.” 

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Employees of several central Arkansas fast food restaurants took part in demonstrations Thursday calling for higher wages. 

About 60 people chanted slogans and held signs saying “Show Me $15 and a Union,” outside a Little Rock McDonald's. Similar protests, all organized by the group Fight for 15, took place in over 150 U.S. cities. The group also organized demonstrations here in September.

Little Rock Police
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The Little Rock Police Department took action Tuesday to try and establish some good will in the community. Officers, in an event planned weeks ago, distributed 150 frozen turkeys and hams to drivers who lined up in front of the recently built 12th Street substation.

By chance, it came the day after outrage again erupted in Ferguson, Missouri as a grand jury there decided not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old. Demonstrations also took place elsewhere in the country.

UAMS 12th Street Clinic
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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ 12th Street Health and Wellness Center celebrated a financial shot in the arm Tuesday. The clinic received over $80,000 to increase its services in Little Rock's 12th Street Corridor. 

Currently open two nights a week, the student-run clinic offers free medical and dental services.

UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn hails the nearly two-year old clinic as a model medical teaching facility and community health provider.

A symbolic coin-toss by Mayor Mark Stodola will mark the opening of the Natural Steps Sports Complex in West Little Rock Saturday.

The city’s $1.1 million dollar investment reflects the growing popularity of soccer and lacrosse.

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A 10-day celebration to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the Clinton Presidential Center kicks off this weekend.  The library is working with several community partners to host over 35 events Sunday through November 18th. 

Gretchen Hall, president and CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the celebration is to mark the impact the presidential library has had on the region.

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