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After 2 twisters, river up

updated: 05/27/2015 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Storms that produced two tornadoes in Yell County on Monday dumped more rain overnight in the western half of the state and caused the Arkansas River to rise above flood stage again Tuesday.

$87M bond issue sails in committees

posted: 05/27/2015 4:07 a.m. Discuss

House and Senate committees Tuesday advanced bills to authorize the state to issue $87.1 million in bonds to help Lockheed Martin obtain a federal contract and create nearly 600 jobs in Camden.

5 school districts favored for county

posted: 05/27/2015 4:05 a.m. Discuss

Once the Pulaski County Special School District is unitary, a state panel recommends divvying up the county's three public school systems into five -- one south of the Arkansas River and four north of the river.

National Guard targets 8 armories in state for closure

updated: 05/27/2015 4:02 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Army National Guard is proposing to shut down eight armories, most of them in the Delta, in a restructuring plan that will be handed to the governor for consideration Thursday.

Bid to move up state's primaries shy in panel vote

updated: 05/27/2015 3:46 a.m. Discuss

An effort to move up the state's primary elections to join other Southern state presidential primary dates failed in a Senate committee Tuesday afternoon.

Agency-merger bills march to floor votes

posted: 05/27/2015 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Two bills aimed at consolidating some state agencies to reduce costs and eliminate redundant services were passed by committees in both legislative chambers Tuesday.

State Department submits plan for release of Clinton emails every 60 days

posted: 05/27/2015 3:41 a.m. Discuss

The State Department on Tuesday filed a proposal to resume the release of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's private account next month.

Fund stretch won't restore road projects

posted: 05/27/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A two-month extension of legislation authorizing the federal Highway Trust Fund to continue supporting highway and transit projects isn't enough for Arkansas highway officials to reinstate nine road and bridge construction projects worth $120 million that the agency dropped from its June bid letting.

Unearthed Civil War shell is blown up; park dismayed

posted: 05/27/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

Bomb squads and historians have been at odds here over the recent discovery of a Civil War artillery shell.

High court's Danielson to retire

posted: 05/27/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Paul Danielson, 69, announced Tuesday morning that he'll retire when his term ends in January 2017.

Let suit continue, takeover foes urge

posted: 05/27/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Attorneys for plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the Arkansas Board of Education's Jan. 28 takeover of the Little Rock School District are asking the state Supreme Court to finish a hearing in a lower court.

Morton partner misses filing deadline for health-panel seat

posted: 05/27/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Businessman David Norsworthy, a partner in several nursing homes with Michael Morton, still had not filed a statement of financial interest as of Tuesday, days past the deadline given to him in a recent corrective-action letter.

Pulaski County JPs vote to expand anti-bias policy

posted: 05/27/2015 3:13 a.m. Comments 2

Pulaski County justices of the peace approved expanding the county's nondiscrimination policy for employees Tuesday night, in addition to establishing nondiscrimination policies for county services and organizations with county contracts.

Street's striping draws battle line for LR director

posted: 05/27/2015 3:12 a.m. Comment 1

The entire Little Rock Board of Directors will decide the future striping design of a downtown portion of Chester Street rather than a single director having influence on the decision, the board decided Tuesday.

NLR approves zoning rules for 2 areas

posted: 05/27/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

With broad support from within both neighborhoods, the North Little Rock City Council approved future zoning regulations for the city's Levy and Park Hill neighborhoods Tuesday that are aimed at revitalizing the two areas.

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