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Bump legislators' pay to $39,400, panel says

posted: 01/31/2015 3:02 a.m. Comments 10

Most Independent Citizens Commission members want to more than double state legislators' salaries.

Part of I-430/I-630 redo on verge of traffic

updated: 01/30/2015 11:24 p.m. Comment 1

Motorists in all likelihood will drive today on the first completed structures in the Interstate 430/Interstate 630 interchange in west Little Rock.

PB mayor: Fired chief to be paid $350,000

posted: 01/31/2015 2:56 a.m. Comment 1

PINE BLUFF -- Pine Bluff has agreed to pay a former police chief $350,000 to settle a federal lawsuit, Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said Friday afternoon.

Agency paper: Save if 8 lottery jobs cut

updated: 01/30/2015 11:27 p.m. Discuss

Eight employees at the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery could have their positions eliminated, reducing salaries by more than $400,000 a year, if the lottery becomes part of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, a department document states. The employees range from the department's spokesman to a postal courier.

Higher-ed board hires new leader from OBU

posted: 01/31/2015 2:40 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday hired an Arkadelphia man to take the helm of its corresponding agency.

Official: Report deserved response

posted: 01/31/2015 2:40 a.m. Discuss

A state board should have responded sooner to allegations that a Booneville facility for the disabled is unsafe and should be closed, a board member said Friday.

Man gets 35 years for raping girl

posted: 01/31/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

A former Bentonville school worker showed no emotion Friday as he was sentenced to 35 years in prison in the rape of a 5-year-old girl last year.

Widow tells how victim died; sides rest

posted: 01/31/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

The wife of Tou Lor testified Friday that she saw 24-year-old Joshua Beyard stab and slash her husband to death, closing the state's case before a Scott County Circuit Court jury.

Coins get $1 million for marshal museum

posted: 01/31/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

The proposed U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith made $1 million on Thursday through the sale of commemorative coins, said Jim Dunn, president and chief executive officer of the museum.

Focused property list sought in Exxon case

posted: 01/31/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Attorneys in a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil want a federal judge to order the oil giant to authorize one of its vendors to create a list of property owners along the Pegasus pipeline so that the lawyers can notify the owners about the case.

LR man arrested in apartment shooting

posted: 01/31/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Police arrested one man and were seeking two others in a shooting at a Little Rock apartment complex Friday morning.

Drivetime Mahatma: Pavement space not sold for ads

posted: 01/31/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: On Sixth Street downtown, just west of Main, there's a rectangular sign painted on the pavement. It's right in the middle of the street, it's purple and white, and says "JRMC. Where care comes to life." Is the city selling advertising space on the streets of Little Rock? -- Your Pal Jeannie

Jury due back to end deadlock

posted: 01/31/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Jurors are scheduled to return to the federal courts building in Little Rock today for a rare Saturday session after they became partially deadlocked Friday on whether Saline County or its jailers are responsible for an inmate's 2011 death.

NLR aldermen to hold meeting on firetrucks

posted: 01/31/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A special meeting of the North Little Rock City Council is scheduled for noon Monday to ask aldermen to waive formal bidding for the city to buy three new firetrucks to replace ones with ongoing repairs, according to the proposal.

U.S. 67/167 traffic to shift for work

posted: 01/31/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Work will require traffic shifts on U.S. 67/167 in Jacksonville beginning Monday night, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

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