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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.

Little Rock Police
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An ordinance that would require officers with the Little Rock Police Department to reside within the city is to eventually be presented to the Little Rock Board of Directors.

Toney Orr, a community activist, says having police live in Little Rock would help them connect with the communities they serve.

The Little Rock Zoo says it's received a nearly $3 million trust donation, making it the largest gift in the zoo's history.

The trust will establish an endowment fund called the Jayne and Fletcher Jackson Foundation and will benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation, which raises money for the zoo. The trust was established after Jayne Jackson died in December at the age of 70.

The zoo says Jayne Jackson had decided with her late husband, Fletcher, to set up the trust with the zoo as the benefactor.

Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore (file photo).
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Last week, incoming Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore met with community members, visited schools and did media interviews. He attempted to reassure people upset over Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key’s recent decision to replace Little Rock Superintendent Baker Kurrus. 

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A commission that oversees building developments and land-use projects in around the state Capitol and Little Rock’s Governor’s Mansion neighborhood could be dissolved. The Arkansas legislature is considering special language to an appropriations bill that would end the Capitol Zoning District Commission and transfer its duties to the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola
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Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola says the city is making progress in reducing crime, improving its economy, providing information to citizens and reaching out to underserved communities. 

The mayor delivered his annual state of the city address Thursday before a group of city officials, activists and community members. You can read a full transcript of the address here. You can also listen to it at the bottom of this page.