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Apartment fire kills girl, 4; Fort Smith dad, son survive

posted: 12/17/2014 3:18 a.m. Discuss

A 4-year-old girl died in an apartment fire Tuesday morning, according to a Fort Smith fire marshal.

LR college gets $30M U.S. loan

posted: 12/17/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Baptist College has received a $30 million federal loan guaranteed through the U.S. Department of Education, but it is unclear what the move will do to shore up the college’s accreditation status.

Jonesboro man pleads guilty in '12 slayings of 2

posted: 12/17/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

A Jonesboro man who police said shot and beat a Poinsett County couple to death in 2012 pleaded guilty to two murder charges Tuesday as attorneys began selecting jurors for his trial.

State, school plans expect to cut 2,300 in '15

posted: 12/17/2014 3:12 a.m. Discuss

About 1,700 spouses of state and public-school employees are expected to be dropped from health insurance plans covering those workers starting next year because they qualify for coverage from their own employers or did not respond to inquiries from the health plans' administrators, a state official told lawmakers Tuesday.

Teacher retirement fund sells 38 acres in LR

posted: 12/17/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System has sold land in west Little Rock for $1.85 million to an intermediary for Crain Family Holdings LLC, said system Executive Director George Hopkins.

Grant awarded for Civil War diorama

posted: 12/17/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will award a $2,000 grant for a diorama project in Prairie County to commemorate the war's 150th anniversary, the commission announced.

Jail just two below max with 380 state inmates filling beds

posted: 12/17/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

The Pulaski County jail's Tuesday morning population was two inmates below capacity, Sheriff Doc Holladay told the Quorum Court at its final December meeting Tuesday, but the jail still has more than twice the number of state inmates than he considers ideal.

NLR board backs $20M in school upgrades

posted: 12/17/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

The North Little Rock School Board agreed Tuesday to put $20 million into middle school renovations and to maintain its earlier commitment to cut $8.3 million in operating costs by 2017-18 to help finance the district's construction program.

New Interstate 30 exit ramp to open

posted: 12/17/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

A new exit ramp will open today on Interstate 30 in Little Rock as part of improvements to the I-30/I-430 interchange, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

LR board loosens taxi-fare rules

posted: 12/17/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Taxicab drivers can now negotiate ride fares in the city after the Little Rock Board of Directors approved an ordinance Tuesday that does away with board approval of taxicab rates.

Director to resign at history agency

posted: 12/17/2014 3:06 a.m. Discuss

The head of the state's historical agency announced her plans to resign after a conversation with members of Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson's transition team.

Greenwood police station damaged

posted: 12/17/2014 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Strong winds damaged Greenwood's new police station under construction, but the chief said Tuesday that the damage won't add to the project cost or cause a delay in its completion.

U.S. grand jury indicts 22 in 'pot' investigation

posted: 12/17/2014 3:05 a.m. Discuss

An indictment handed up last week by a federal grand jury in Little Rock charges 22 people with participating in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana in the Eastern District of Arkansas between January 2005 and Thursday.

Daily record

posted: 12/17/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at www.arkansasonline.com/tools/meetings//www.arkansasonline.com/tools/meetings//.

Pulaski County notebook

posted: 12/17/2014 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Library appointee to serve 2nd term Frederick Ursery will serve a second three-year term on the Central Arkansas Library System board of trustees, after a 13-0 vote of approval from the Pulaski County Quorum Court on Tuesday night.

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