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Contractor to investigate gaps in Main Street Bridge lights

posted: 07/30/2014 12:01 p.m. Discuss

Seven months after the switch was flipped to turn on new LED lights on three bridges between downtowns Little Rock and North Little Rock, dark gaps have appeared in one of them and the contractor that installed them is working to find out why.

Zilkha Biomass to build Monticello plant, add 52 jobs

updated: 07/30/2014 11:43 a.m. Discuss

Houston-based Zilkha Biomass Energy announced Wednesday that it will build a $90 million facility in Monticello to produce wood pellets for use as an alternative energy source, creating 52 jobs.

Stephens Media moving Fort Smith, Van Buren printing operations

posted: 07/30/2014 9:57 a.m. Discuss

Stephens Media will shift printing and mailroom operations from Van Buren and Fort Smith to Northwest Arkansas, a move that will reportedly affect about three-dozen employees.

Flash flood watch issued as heavy rains approach state

updated: 07/30/2014 11:15 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — A flash flood watch goes into effect in western Arkansas on Wednesday afternoon as storms bringing heavy rainfall head toward the state.

Attorneys say law OKs polling city directors

posted: 07/30/2014 9:30 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH — Attorneys say Fort Smith city officials didn't violate the state's Freedom of Information Act by individually polling board members.

Three shot in Little Rock; police investigate

posted: 07/30/2014 9:12 a.m. Comments 2

Three men were shot in Little Rock in what one witness indicated may be a gang-related crime, according to a police report.

Parolee one of two held in armed robbery at apartment

posted: 07/30/2014 8:47 a.m. Comment 1

Two men have been arrested in the armed robbery of a Little Rock resident at an apartment on Stagecoach Road.

Annual Rice Expo set Friday in Stuttgart

posted: 07/30/2014 7:17 a.m. Discuss

STUTTGART — Cooking demonstrations, a rice recipe contest, field tours, kids' activities and other events are planned at Friday's fourth annual Arkansas Rice Expo in Stuttgart.

Post office with 33 patrons to stay open

posted: 07/30/2014 7:16 a.m. Comments 8

SEDGWICK — A tiny Arkansas town has learned it can keep its post office.

UAMS opens neighborhood clinic

posted: 07/30/2014 7:12 a.m. Comments 2

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has opened a new neighborhood clinic in west Little Rock.

Arkansas State University closes outreach center

posted: 07/30/2014 7:08 a.m. Discuss

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University is closing its decades-old Continuing Education and Community Outreach Center.

Teen killed, another hurt after Jeep goes over bridge railing

posted: 07/30/2014 6:36 a.m. Discuss

A teenage driver was killed and a passenger hurt early Tuesday when the Jeep they were in went over a bridge railing and overturned in Clark County, authorities said.

Lobbyist: Baker consulted on PAC

posted: 07/30/2014 5:47 a.m. Comments 2

Lobbyist Bruce Hawkins said under oath that the Little Rock attorney who created a political action committee that later contributed to Circuit Judge Michael Maggio's appeals-court campaign discussed matters relating to the PAC with former state Sen. Gilbert Baker, who was a paid consultant for Hawkins' lobbying firm last year.

Hutchinson to pay homestead penalty tab

posted: 07/30/2014 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday night that he'll give Pulaski County $1,750 for improperly claiming homestead tax credits there, even though the statute of limitations has expired.

Board OKs changes in rates for school-worker health coverage

posted: 07/30/2014 5:44 a.m. Discuss

In a 7-1 vote, a state board on Tuesday approved increases in the health insurance rates for some public school employees and reduced rates and benefits for others.

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