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Lottery dials back budget projections

posted: 08/21/2014 4:56 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Lottery Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a revised budget that reduces its projection for money raised for scholarships by $3 million to $78.2 million. It also voted to close three regional prize claim centers in a cost-cutting move.

Man guilty in murder at LR mall

posted: 08/21/2014 4:55 a.m. Comments 4

A Pulaski County jury deliberated about 30 minutes Wednesday before deciding to send the 20-year-old Little Rock man charged in the killing of a restaurant manager during a Park Plaza holdup to prison for life.

Fayetteville first in state to ban discrimination against gays

posted: 08/21/2014 4:53 a.m. Comments 17

Fayetteville early Wednesday took a step that no other Arkansas city has taken, adopting an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Report turned in, LR college staying silent

posted: 08/21/2014 4:11 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas Baptist College submitted a report to answer concerns raised by a national accrediting organization -- but the college said it won't release the document to the public, leaving students and civic leaders who championed the college's neighborhood revitalization efforts uncertain about the college's future.

LR panel divided on ride-sharing

posted: 08/21/2014 4:10 a.m. Comments 2

Ride-sharing app company Uber wants to work with Little Rock on updating its transportation code, according to Mayor Mark Stodola.

Vets quiz official about VA benefits

posted: 08/21/2014 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Veterans formed a single-file line down the center aisle of a packed room at the Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center in North Little Rock on Wednesday morning, each wanting the chance to talk directly with Lisa Breun, the director of veterans benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs' Little Rock regional office.

U.S. House majority leader stumps for Hill in LR

posted: 08/21/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stood in front of 350 miles of unused pipes at Welspun Tubular in Little Rock on Wednesday morning advocating for completion of the Keystone XL pipeline and promoting Arkansas Republicans.

Fire chief of police, Sun says in filing

posted: 08/21/2014 4:06 a.m. Comment 1

The Jonesboro Sun is calling for the termination of the city's police chief after he posted comments about a reporter on Facebook, leading to her resignation over what she and the newspaper said were defamatory and false statements.

County officials hear federal theme

posted: 08/21/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

Counties across the country -- including in Arkansas -- face several national issues at a local level, such as the Endangered Species Act and the uncertain future of Highway Trust Fund money, the National Association of Counties' president-elect told Association of Arkansas Counties conference attendees Wednesday.

LR port unveils headquarters

posted: 08/21/2014 4:03 a.m. Discuss

A standing-room-only crowd that overflowed into the lobby of the newly opened Little Rock River Port Authority headquarters Wednesday is representative of the growth and success the inland port has seen over the past decade and a half, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola said.

State undecided over filing appeal in tech firm case

posted: 08/21/2014 4:02 a.m. Discuss

The Department of Finance and Administration has not yet decided whether to appeal a $250,000 Arkansas State Claims Commission award to a technology company that offered to help collect tax revenue for the state, the agency's chief counsel said Wednesday.

Clarksville finds rat snakes in gym

posted: 08/21/2014 4:01 a.m. Discuss

Administrators with the Clarksville School District said Wednesday that a number of young snakes that were discovered in the Clarksville High School gymnasium were harmless.

Man gets 35 years for '12 LR slaying

posted: 08/21/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

A 22-year-old Little Rock man accepted a 35-year prison sentence Wednesday for participating in the murder and armed robbery of a 50-year-old man killed on his own front porch while trying to fight off two masked men, deputy prosecutor Kelly Ward said.

Shaft of broken club impales ASU student

posted: 08/21/2014 3:59 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas State University freshman was impaled by the shaft of a broken golf club during rush activities at a campus fraternity Tuesday in Jonesboro.

Train-crash work keeping road shut

posted: 08/21/2014 3:58 a.m. Discuss

Highway crews said Wednesday that cleanup operations at the site of a head-on train collision in northeastern Arkansas will likely keep a busy roadway closed, possibly into next week.

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