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The city of Little Rock is inviting citizens to attend a series of three public meetings on its proposed 2017 budget.

Little Rock is budgeting about $204.5 million for 2017. That represents about a 2.3 percent increase over the current year’s amended budget. The increase is possible because the city plans to use $4.7 million from its unrestricted reserve funds, or carry-over money from previous years. Little Rock needs to tap its unrestricted reserves because sales tax revenue has fallen short of projections, says Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore.

The city of Little Rock is dedicating a new bench in honor of a 67-year-old black man who was fatally shot by two off-duty police officers in 2010.

The bench honoring Eugene Edward Ellison is located in MacArthur Park in downtown Little Rock. Earlier this year, the city reached a settlement with Ellison's family, and part of it called for a memorial bench in Ellison's honor.

Ellison was shot after two officers who were working security at the building entered Ellison's apartment without a warrant. Neither of the officers, who are both white, was criminally charged.

Little Rock School District

Little Rock School Superintendent Mike Poore on Thursday outlined initial plans for at least an additional 10 million dollars in budget cuts in the next fiscal year with loss of 37 million dollars in state desegregation aid. 

Little Rock Zoo

The Little Rock Zoo has announced the death of 22-year-old lioness Sidney.

Zoo veterinarian Sarah Kline says the animal was euthanized Sunday after a corneal graft on her eye deteriorated.

Kline says the lion had surgery on her eyes in January and a rupture on her left eye was repaired in September. Kline said bloodwork indicated progressive kidney and liver disease and the decision was made to euthanize rather than put the animal through another surgery to remove the eye.

When the City of Little Rock threw in with NextDoor two weeks ago there were already nearly 14,000 signed up. Since then, another 800 or so users have come aboard.

NextDoor is a private social network not unlike Facebook that allows users to follow both neighbors and news within their particular neighborhoods. Jennifer Godwin is the city’s communications manager and the point person for the outreach.

Pulaski County and other local government officials will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Big Dam Bridge Thursday. Construction on the bridge was completed in 2006 at a cost of $12.8 million. At more than 4,200 feet in length, it spans the Murray Lock and Dam 90 feet above the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock. Officials say it’s the longest exclusively pedestrian and cycling bridge in North America.

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde says it has helped connect a network of trails, namely the Arkansas River Trail.

The Miss Arkansas pageant is moving to Little Rock after spending nearly six decades in Hot Springs.

Secretary interior Sally jewell transportation secretary Anthony Foxx National Park Service Ranger Jodi Morris
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Two members of President Obama’s cabinet visited Little Rock Tuesday, getting a firsthand look at the historic Central High School. It was part of a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Three Little Rock city board positions will be contested in the November General Election.

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The Mexican Consulate in Little Rock is one of 50 around the United States. Located in a building along University Avenue since 2007, the consulate just got a new chief this summer.