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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.”

A house in Little Rock.
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.

 

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

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.

Receipts Not Printing From New Little Rock Parking Meters

Oct 15, 2013
parking meters
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.

Mark Stodola, Ron Ford and Mike Beebe
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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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.

Crews To Change Parking Signage In River Market

Oct 3, 2013
River Market District
inarkansas.com

Little Rock officials say there won't be any parking tickets written for the 2-hour or pay-and-display areas in the River Market District as crews change signage there.

However, the city says parking meter violations in other areas of Little Rock still will be enforced. 

The city is in the process of installing a pay-and-display parking system in the River Market.

Parking enforcement workers in the River Market District will show drivers how to use the new payment system during the rest of the week.

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