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Local & Regional News
2:08 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Little Rock Gym Reopens After Fire Incident

Little Rock's city-owned gym, which was closed last week due to an electrical fire, is set to reopen Friday.

Parks and Recreation Director Truman Tolefree said members of the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center have been patient as repairs have been made.


“I think we were quite lucky and that damage was contained to the indoor pool area and the sauna area and we're still in the process of trying to assess the exact dollar cost of the damage that was done,” Tolefree said.

Local & Regional News
4:48 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Final Approval Given To School Desegregation Settlement

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A federal judge has approved a settlement phasing out payments from the state to three Pulaski County school districts in the state's long-running desegregation lawsuit. Federal Judge D. Price Marshall said the settlement to the “exceedingly complex” case was “fair, adequate and reasonable” and noted how few objections there were in the case.

After the ruling, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel called the settlement “historic.”

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Local & Regional News
5:51 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Little Rock Home For Recovering Addicts Sparks Neighborhood Controversy

Chris Hickey KUAR

A historic structure near downtown Little Rock has been the site of a recent neighborhood controversy as nearby residents object to its use as a new home for recovering substance abusers. KUAR’s Chris Hickey has a look the home’s mission, what those neighbors are saying, and how local officials are dealing with it all.


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Economy & Society
4:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Recovery Still Slow In Central Arkansas, Says Study

Central Arkansas is still struggling to recover from the great recession, but encouraging trends show possible future growth in some industries. That’s according to a recent report by Metroplan. It shows that in 2013, population growth outpaced job growth in the Little Rock metro area, pointing to a slow recovery. Furthermore, the study found that young adults in central Arkansas are increasingly opting to live in urban, densely populated locales.

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Local & Regional News
8:20 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Voters Considering Bonds To Renovate Little Rock Music Hall

Robinson Center Music Hall
Credit Flickr

Voters in Little Rock are considering a proposal to pay for up to $73.5 million in renovations to the city's Robinson Center Music Hall.

Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The plan asks voters to dedicate a portion of the city's existing 2 percent restaurant and hotel tax to repay bonds for the project.

The tax had been used for the construction of the Statehouse Convention Center, and those bonds are about to be retired.

The music hall in downtown Little Rock was built in 1939 and hasn't had any major renovations.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Little Rock Christmas Parade Postponed

Organizers of an annual holiday parade scheduled for Saturday say forecasted winter weather is prompting them to postpone the celebration until the following Saturday. Angela Rogers with the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau says the "Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade" is an event anticipated by many, so she and her team wanted to host it on a day when people will find it easy to attend

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Local & Regional News
3:28 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Early Voting Begins On Proposal To Renovate Robinson Auditorium

An image of what a renovated Robinson Center Music Hall would look like.
Credit Restore Robinson

Early voting started Tuesday for a proposal to renovate Robinson Center Music Hall.  Supporters of the project gathered on the steps of the historic auditorium to speak in favor of the project. Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Music Director Phillip Mann and President and CEO of Celebrity Attractions Ed Payton took part in the event.

Payton said renovations would bring larger Broadway productions and make load-ins for equipment much easier and less dangerous.

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Local & Regional News
6:18 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Receipts Not Printing From New Little Rock Parking Meters

Parking meters in downtown Little Rock's River Market District.
Credit Arkansas Times

The City of Little Rock isn't issuing tickets in the River Market area due to a software glitch that has kept payment receipts from printing.

The city says in a news release that the pay and display parking units in the River Market aren't printing payment receipts.

The manufacturer is sending a team to fix the problem. Parking Enforcement Administrator Jack Wrenn says that until then, the parking units have been turned off.

Therefore, he says Parking Enforcement is not issuing citations for people who fail to display a receipt.

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Big Data In Arkansas
4:41 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Technology Company Establishes Center In Little Rock

CEO Ron Ford, flanked by Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola (left) and Governor Mike Beebe (right), talks about his company, nGage Labs.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A technology company that analyzes consumers’ personal data to help create specifically targeted mobile advertisements will be opening a center in Little Rock.  nGage Labs plans to hire 35 skilled workers at an average salary of $100,000 for its new site in the Rivermarket.

Ron Ford, CEO of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company, told reporters at the Capitol Friday about his enthusiasm for the new expansion, an ‘Analytics Innovation Center’.

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Local & Regional News
10:25 am
Mon October 7, 2013

New Parking Rules In Effect For Little Rock’s River Market

The new pay-and-display machines in the River Market.
Credit Arkansas Times

Parking enforcement officers will be on patrol in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock all this week to make sure drivers abide by new pay rules when they park.

From now on, parking on the street in the River Market costs $1.25 per hour. Jack Wrenn oversees parking enforcement efforts for the city. He says eight new machines will help regulate on-street parking issues.

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