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5:46 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Ceremony To Begin Renovations To Little Rock's Robinson Center Music Hall

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and Governor Mike Beebe join local leaders in using crow bars to rip up part of the stage at Robinson Center Music Hall.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov. Mike Beebe, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and others used crow bars Tuesday to rip up part of the stage at Little Rock’s historic Robinson Center Music Hall, formally signifying the start of renovations to the venue.

The $68 million project will modernize the facility, which was built in 1939.  The work will improve its acoustics and seating, while enabling it to host any touring Broadway production.

Stodola said it has taken a lot of work to get to this point.

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Local & Regional News
3:11 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Hopes Of Saving Pine Bluff's Historic, But Crumbling Hotel Pines

The lobby of the Hotel Pines as it looks now after a rough winter.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A group of photographers is working to document a long-closed, historic hotel in Pine Bluff, while it's also being studied by architecture students. The hotel was once considered among the finest in Arkansas, but has been abandoned for nearly half a century and after a hard winter, the once grand structure is deteriorating fast.

The two story lobby with marble walls and plaster ornamentation is crumbling. The curved ceiling once featured stained glass, but that’s broken, allowing water to pour in.

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Local & Regional News
11:46 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Rohwer Projects On Japanese Americans During World War II Get National Grants

Entrance to the Rohwer camp that confined Japanese Americans during World War II.

The National Park Service has awarded nearly a quarter-million dollars in grants to projects in Arkansas that help preserve and interpret sites that were used to confine Japanese Americans during World War II.

The grants announced Thursday are among $2.9 million awarded nationally. In Arkansas, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock received a $220,000 grant for its cemetery conservation project at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Desha County. It held more than 8,000 Japanese Americans during the war.

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Local & Regional News
8:29 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Majestic Hotel Owner Given 60 Days To Clean Up Rubble After Fire

File photo of the fire that destroyed part of the Majestic Hotel in February.
Credit Save Her Majesty: Restore The Majestic Hotel Facebook Page

The owner of the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs has been given 60 days to clean up the rubble left over from a fire that destroyed a large part of hotel complex in February.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality sent a letter Monday to Garrison Hassenflu, who owns the corporation that owns the Majestic property. The letter also says Hassenflu must submit a plan within 10 days detailing a removal plan for the debris at the Majestic site.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Work To Begin Soon On $68 Million Renovation Of Robinson Auditorium

Gretchen Hall, chief executive officer of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau and Jim Rice, chief operating officer, pose on the stage of Robinson Center Music Hall.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Little Rock’s historic Robinson Center Music Hall will soon be closing its doors to begin two years of renovations to modernize the facility.

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Local & Regional News
8:58 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Grant Given To Preserve Former Governor's Papers

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Center for Arkansas History and Culture has been awarded a grant of nearly $140,000 to curate the papers of former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker.

The funding represents the largest National Historical Publications and Records Commission award in the state. The commission is part of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Local & Regional News
2:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Clinton School Building Becomes Oldest In Arkansas To Receive Certification

(Left to right) Stephanie Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation, Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service (speaking), Debbie Shock, director of operations and facilities for the Clinton Presidential Center and Jason Hartke, vice-president of national policy with the United States Green Building Council.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A former railroad station in Little Rock that today houses the Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is getting a new certification for energy efficiency.

To mark Earth Day, officials gathered Tuesday in front of Sturgis Hall, which was built in 1899, to make the announcement.

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Local & Regional News
9:07 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Wildlife Refuge To Be Renamed After Bumpers

A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a renaming ceremony Friday afternoon for the White River National Wildlife Refuge after Bumpers, a Democrat who was Arkansas' governor during the early 1970s before serving four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Bumpers, his wife Betty, and other family members are expected to attend the event in addition to wildlife service director Dan Ashe.

Local & Regional News
9:02 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Film On History Of Spring Training In Hot Springs

Officials in Hot Springs are marking the start of work by a documentary filmmaker who is to depict the history of spring training baseball in the Spa City.

Documentarian Larry Foley is to discuss the project at a Thursday event. The film is to show the city's role as a spring training site in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Starting in 1886 and into the 1940s, teams that included the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Highlanders - later the New York Yankees - got ready for the season in Hot Springs.

Local & Regional News
5:46 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Thousands Crowded The Firefighters Memorial On Dedication Day

Families of fallen firefighters were seated on the ampitheater.
Kezia Nanda

Families of firefighters who died in the line of duty gathered Saturday for the dedication of the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial. 

The ceremony included the marching of colors by bagpipers, drums and honor guard, the unveiling of the statue, reading of the 1958 A. W. "Smokey" Linn's Firefighter’s Prayer, the ringing of bells for each fallen firefighter and the laying of a rose on top of memorial wall for each name.  

Governor Mike Beebe was on hand and thanked the families of fallen firefighters.

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