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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.

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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.

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.

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