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Noel Oman

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LR airport panel OKs concourse upgrades

posted: 09/17/2014 4:47 a.m. Discuss

Construction on a $17.6 million upgrade of the passenger concourse at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field will begin as early as March and take about a year to complete, a top airport executive said.

State agency calls for rail-plan opinion

posted: 09/17/2014 3:39 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will hold two meetings next week to solicit comment on a new statewide rail plan and the possibility of extending high-speed passenger rail service in the state.

Political strategist touts Clinton era

posted: 09/16/2014 3:24 a.m. Discuss

The founder of the Democratic Leadership Council, a centrist party organization that helped propel Bill Clinton to the presidency, said the organization's core philosophy remains viable although the "ideas are going to be different because the times are different" than they were 25 years ago.

State to open bids on 47 road, bridge projects

posted: 09/15/2014 4:06 a.m. Comment 1

More than three and a half years after it decided the Broadway Bridge must be replaced, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will open bids on the project Wednesday.

William Ray 'Casey' Jones: Ex-state fire chief oversaw office's rise

posted: 09/13/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Armed with little more than a pair of firefighters' boots and gloves, a shovel and some cans to collect evidence, William Ray "Casey" Jones developed a national reputation for investigating fires.

Runway's plane catcher at LR airport out-of-date

posted: 09/11/2014 5:21 a.m. Discuss

A structure designed to stop aircraft overruns that was installed at the state's largest airport after the crash of American Airlines Flight 1420 in 1999 is at the end of its useful life and is scheduled to be removed.

Shortfall puts off GIs' weekend drill

posted: 09/10/2014 4:56 a.m. Discuss

Army National Guard units in Arkansas and most states have delayed their weekend training for thousands of their soldiers this month to help make up for a National Guard Bureau $101 million budget shortfall for fiscal 2014, which ends Sept. 30.

CATA ridership drops 5 percent

posted: 09/02/2014 3:05 a.m. Discuss

The harsh weather central Arkansas endured last winter is still affecting the ridership numbers of the region's mass transit system.

34 million expected to travel for holiday

posted: 08/29/2014 3:31 a.m. Discuss

A chance of rain this weekend likely won't deter too many Arkansans from enjoying the three-day Labor Day holiday weekend that traditionally marks the close of summer.

Trial set in racial bias lawsuit against highway police chief

posted: 08/23/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in the employment practices at the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department can proceed to trial, but a request for judicial oversight of the agency's hiring was denied in a ruling issued by a federal judge Friday.

Airport panel briefed on plans for concourse revamp

posted: 08/20/2014 4:16 a.m. Discuss

More than $17.6 million in proposed improvements unveiled Tuesday for the aging concourse at the state's largest airport will include new boarding bridges and gate furniture, more power outlets to keep passengers' smartphones and other electronic devices charged, and what is billed as the fastest free Wi-Fi service at a U.S. airport.

I-30 upgrade planners canvass residents' ideas

posted: 08/18/2014 3:28 a.m. Discuss

In the 1970s, downtown Little Rock neighborhood advocates said the construction of Interstate 630 came at the destruction of the area's historic and cultural fabric.

Panel at airport in LR supports 2 electric trucks

posted: 08/14/2014 4:04 a.m. Comments 5

The state's largest airport is set to purchase its first two all-electric vehicles as part of a long-term initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of its 30-vehicle fleet.

1st meeting on I-30 corridor draws 150

posted: 08/13/2014 3:56 a.m. Discuss

Nearly 150 people showed up Tuesday night at the first of two public meetings the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is holding this week to help plan improvements to the Interstate 30 corridor through Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Meetings to begin over I-30 corridor

posted: 08/11/2014 3:48 a.m. Comments 4

Widening the Interstate 30 corridor to 10 lanes through Little Rock and North Little Rock was the only option considered that would provide an "acceptable" level of service on the three downtown Arkansas River crossings, according to an 11-year-old study that the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is using to guide plans to renovate the highway.

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