David Wallace

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Radio veteran David Wallace began his news and sports reporting career while in college in 1976. These days, it is more of a hobby than a main job. He anchors weekends and is on-call as a reporter-at-large for KUAR. Since moving to Little Rock in 1991, he has won 14 statewide first-place awards for radio journalism. His primary job now is with the state Department of Workforce Services at the Little Rock Workforce Center. He is single with a black lab named Hagan.

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The seemingly never-ending rainfall and the rising water levels caused by it have gotten the attention of the state Department of Emergency Management.

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The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's weekly column and radio address for the weekend beginning May 1, 2015:

In 1993, doors opened at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in downtown Hot Springs. One of its required courses from the very beginning was computer science. Or as its current director, Corey Alderdice, says, “computer science was baked into the school.”

Back then, it was rare for any school to have a computer lab or Internet access, much less offer a credited class on computer coding.

 Drivers who use their cell phones for texting, email or surfing the internet while driving will be targeted by the Arkansas State Police beginning Monday.

ASP is taking part in a national law enforcement campaign called, "U Drive. U Text. U Pay." 

Stepped-up, intense patrols will use "low-pro," unmarked vehicles. Officers will look for the effects of distracted driving, such as crossing the center line or following too closely.

They'll try to ease up beside motorists exhibiting those traits to see if they're using their phones or hand-held devices. 

Travelers who access or exit the Broadway Bridge from the south side of the river will have to adjust their travel plans, starting Monday. 

The ramps to and from the bridge on that side—as well as a portion of the Arkansas River Trail—are being closed in preparation for replacement of the bridge.

The work is just part one of the first parts of a project to replace the venerable structure that will take until late 2016 to complete at an estimated cost of $98.4-mil. 

New speed limits for big-rig trucks take effect Monday when Highway Department crews fan out around the state to take down the old signs.

The speed limit for trucks will now be the same as it is for cars in Arkansas—70 miles-an-hour on most interstates. Since 1996, trucks traveling in Arkansas have had a speed limit of 65 miles-an-hour, five miles-an-hour slower than passenger vehicles. 

Highway Department Spokesman Danny Straesle said that caused congestion because trucks were unable to pass one another, stacking up cars wanting to go faster behind them. 

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A crowd estimated at more than 500 crowded into the Jacksonville Community Center Mon. night to kickoff the campaign for a new school district independent of the Pulaski County Special School District. 

A special election Sept. 16 will determine whether the northern Pulaski County town will have its own district after years of sharing school governance with many other communities in the state's most populous county. 

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The Federal Aviation Administration is making an installment payment of nearly $2-mil. to Clinton National Airport to reimburse the purchase of land for future development.

The purchase of property north of Dassault Falcon Jet began in 2006 and totaled $10.6-mil. The payment is just one installment in what will amount to a total reimbursement of $8.7-mil.

Tom Cotton
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Using the Arkansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the state Capitol grounds as the backdrop, Congressman Tom Cotton unveiled the Veterans for Cotton Coalition Sat.

The coalition boasts more than 400 Arkansas veterans from every corner of the state, according to the campaign.

"Washington, D.C. would be a better place if it had more people that more people who reflected the values of leadership, duty, courage, service," Cotton said in announcing the coalition.

"If we had leaders who would do what my drill sergeant taught me to do--the hard right over the easy wrong."

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The crowd that converged on the Little Rock Board of Directors meeting Tuesday night will have to wait another three months to voice its opposition to the proposed Mapco gas station and convenience store at Broadway and Third Street downtown. 

The board voted to defer the matter at the request of the applicants, who reached out to City Director Lance Hines in a phone call earlier Tuesday.

Directors were to take up an ordinance to change the zoning of the area from urban use to commercial development.

With scandal breaking in the United States Veterans Administration, Governor Mike Beebe wants to make sure people know the difference between the federal V-A and the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

Those are two distinct agencies with distinct missions, and Beebe said in his weekly media address the state Department of Veterans Affairs has not contributed to the problems on the national VA. 

"[O]ur Arkansas department is best known for operating two residential facilities in Little Rock and Fayetteville," Beebe said. 

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