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Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore says the Little Rock Zoo's "Big Cat" exhibit will be closed during an internal review that comes after a child fell into the exhibit containing jaguars.

Moore said in a news release Monday that assistant City Manager James Jones will lead an internal review of the exhibit and the Zoo's emergency response procedures. Moore said the review is expected to be complete within two weeks.

The child fell into the exhibit Friday and was in stable condition at Arkansas Children's Hospital. The child's name has not been released.

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A spokesman at Arkansas Children's Hospital says a young child is in critical condition after falling into a jaguar exhibit at the Little Rock Zoo.

Hospital spokesman Dan McFadden said in a news release Friday that the child's guardian has asked that the child's name and other information not be released.

Zoo spokeswoman Susan Altrui says staff members used a fire extinguisher to keep the jaguars away from the child after the incident Friday morning. The child was pulled to safety by a zoo employee who lowered a ladder into the exhibit.

Little Rock authorities say three sculptures worth $30,000 have been stolen from Riverfront Park.

The city's Parks and Recreation director says he believes the statues were taken Thursday night. They're made of bronze with copper detail and were sawed off at their base.

Two others were taken from the same garden about a year and a half ago. One was recovered and the other was replaced.

The director says there is only one security camera in the park. He says the city will add more cameras, signs and lighting because of the theft. It will also trim trees in the park.

The late-night fate of a handful of Little Rock bars and clubs will be considered at Tuesday's city board meeting.

Two city director’s recommendation to limit the hours of clubs closing at 5 a.m.—such as MidTown Billiards, Club Elevations, Discovery and Electric Cowboy—has made its way into a proposal now up for vote.

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.

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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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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.

 

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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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.

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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