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Chimp chimpanzee Little Rock Zoo
Little Rock Zoo

The Little Rock Zoo has announced the birth of a chimpanzee.

The zoo said Monday that the male chimp was born July 18 to Mahale. The father has not been identified, but the zoo said officials believe it is Kijana - the alpha male chimpanzee of the group.

The zoo is also asking the public to help choose a name for the baby chimp.

The staff has selected three names - Jumoke, which is Swahili for "everyone loves the child;" Kgosi, which is Setswana for "king" or "chief;" and Kibale for the Kibale National Park in Uganda.

U.S.S. Little Rock
Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin will debut its first-ever live stream launch of the future USS Little Rock on Friday at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin. 

The warship, named after the Arkansas capital city, is the latest in the line of the nation’s new fast and mobile small surface Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) that is intended for stealth combat operations close to the shore.

Kanis Park skateboarding
David Monteith / KUAR News

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 Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board on Wednesday unanimously approved a motion by Chairwoman Mary Goode to request a $6.8 million advance from the City of Little Rock to fund the purchase of prime downtown real estate from Stephens Inc. in the fast-growing Creative Corridor on Main Street.

Little Italy
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The Little Rock City Board of Directors is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a resolution opposing efforts by the Little Italy community in Pulaski County to become its own municipality.

Kristy Eanes, co-chair of the Little Italy Incorporation Task Force, says residents filed a petition to become its own city in hopes of preserving its historic, rural atmosphere as Little Rock continues to expand westward. Fewer than 400 people live in the community.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

    

As Little Rock continues to see a steady development pattern toward the north west corner of the city, the rapid expansion along one corridor, Kanis Road, has brought pause to some area residents and developers who've been at odds.

Little Rock Officials Unveil ‘Creative Corridor’ Logo

Apr 21, 2015

Little Rock city officials on Tuesday unveiled a logo and social media sites for the fast-growing Main Street Creative Corridor, part of an official master plan to transform the downtown area into an urban mixed-use, cultural and arts enclave.

City officials said the logo was selected by art groups who will eventually relocate to Main Street, in collaboration with representatives from the city. The new logo will be used on all promotional materials for the Creative Corridor.

complete streets bus bike lanes
David Monteith / KUAR News

The Little Rock City Board of Directors is expected to vote Tuesday night on an ordinance which would impact future development in the city. The Complete Streets policy would require that when transportation improvement projects are planned within the city, consideration of all anticipated users be incorporated.

Director of the Department of Planning and Development, Tony Bozynski, has been involved with crafting the policy since 2013. He said, “Complete Streets is all about safety and to provide equal access for all users of the city’s roadways and all modes of transportation.”

A group representing downtown Little Rock's businesses is calling on Arkansas' governor to issue an order extending workplace anti-discrimination protections to gay and lesbian state employees.

 

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership's board of directors on Friday called on Gov. Asa Hutchinson to issue an order protecting employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hutchinson, a Republican, had floated the idea last week as he called for changes to a religious objections measure.

 

David Monteith

Speaking from the intersection of Capitol and Broadway Monday morning, Mayor Mark Stodola joined a variety of organizations to announce the Heads Up Downtown campaign. The initiative is part of Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month.

Representatives from the organizations each spoke about pedestrian safety from their perspective.

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