Little Rock

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Mayor Mark Stodola said in his annual "State of the City" address that juvenile crime will be a continuing challenge for Little Rock.

City Administrators and community members heard from Stodola inside the foyer of the new 12th street police station. He pointed to the new confines as one symbolic achievement of the last year.

“It also represents making good on a commitment, a comitment to public safety, a comitment to place, a comitment to our midtown neighborhoods south of Interstate 630,” he said.

 

Little Rock Public Works and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department are refocusing their attention from salt trucks to potholes following recent winter weather.

Although a specific weather event doesn’t create an instant pothole, Public Works Operations Coordinator Mark Jacobi said two weeks of snow and ice have contributed to some damage on area roadways.

"We like to try to repair them as fast as we can because what’s really bad is when the water finally soaks through underneath the asphalt and gets into the sub-base material,” Jacobi said.

The Little Rock Port Authority's board has adopted a resolution supporting the development of a sustainable port.

The resolution adopted on Wednesday directs the port's staff to work with others to implement strategies, plans, processes and practices necessary to achieve and maintain a sustainable operation at the Port of Little Rock.

A member of Little Rock's board of directors has been cited for driving while intoxicated.

A Little Rock Police Department report says 48-year-old Kenneth Richardson was cited for DWI and traffic offenses on Saturday evening after an officer observed his car swerving at a high rate of speed. The officer caught up with Richardson, who changed lanes without signaling.

The report says Richardson then pulled the car into a parking lot and struck a shrub before stopping.

Bill Clinton
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Former President Bill Clinton covered a range of topics Thursday at the 149th annual meeting of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce from the localized economic boon of his Presidential Library to unrest caused by a slew of high profile police stops resulting in the deaths of unarmed black people. Clinton also touched on the much different frustrations of rural white Americans.

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The jaguar exhibit at the Little Rock Zoo that was closed in October after a toddler fell into it has reopened.

The jaguars are now back on display with new warning signage. Zoo marketing director Susan Altrui says the zebra-striped signs warn patrons to stay away from the railings and provide an emergency phone number.

UAMS 12th Street Clinic
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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ 12th Street Health and Wellness Center celebrated a financial shot in the arm Tuesday. The clinic received over $80,000 to increase its services in Little Rock's 12th Street Corridor. 

Currently open two nights a week, the student-run clinic offers free medical and dental services.

UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn hails the nearly two-year old clinic as a model medical teaching facility and community health provider.

A symbolic coin-toss by Mayor Mark Stodola will mark the opening of the Natural Steps Sports Complex in West Little Rock Saturday.

The city’s $1.1 million dollar investment reflects the growing popularity of soccer and lacrosse.

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A 10-day celebration to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the Clinton Presidential Center kicks off this weekend.  The library is working with several community partners to host over 35 events Sunday through November 18th. 

Gretchen Hall, president and CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the celebration is to mark the impact the presidential library has had on the region.

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Officials are recommending that more warning signs be placed throughout the Little Rock Zoo after a 3-year-old boy fell into the jaguar exhibit and was seriously injured.

The city of Little Rock released its investigative report Monday into last month's incident. The review says that proper emergency procedures were followed in the case and that the jaguar exhibit complies with regulations.

Zoo employees used fire extinguishers to frighten away the jaguars until a ladder was brought and an employee rescued the child. The boy has since been released from the hospital.

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