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Bill would tap tax for railroad needs

posted: 03/04/2015 3:50 a.m. Comment 1

Some ad valorem taxes collected on railroads would go back to the industry under a bill that won the state House Public Transportation Committee's recommendation Tuesday.

Police beat

posted: 03/03/2015 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Taxi trip sends LR man to county jail

I-55 overpass closes to fit atomic cannon

posted: 03/02/2015 3:12 a.m. Comments 3

When the Arkansas Department of Highway and Transportation Department closes an overpass on Interstate 55 in Mississippi County for a month beginning today, a contractor will be raising it high enough to fit an atomic cannon underneath it.

Marathon's path alters bus routes

posted: 02/28/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority said buses on 10 of its routes will take detours or be temporarily disrupted Sunday to avoid participants in the Little Rock Marathon.

Senator: Teen driver-permit law frustrates

posted: 02/23/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Proposed legislation to change the state's graduated driver's licensing law was pulled back last week by its sponsor, but it has jump-started a wider discussion on ways to improve administering the 6-year-old statute without harming its effectiveness.

Bill would shift funding to roads to offset tax loss

updated: 02/20/2015 4:08 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would shift some general revenue totaling nearly $2.8 billion over 10 years to road construction for the first time as a way to offset falling fuel-tax revenue won a recommendation Thursday from the House Public Transportation Committee.

Sun aids roads, but rerun nears

posted: 02/19/2015 4:12 a.m. Gallery Comment 1

Abundant sunshine helped melt snow and ice off many of Arkansas' roadways Wednesday after the state recorded three deaths on them, but forecasters expect another round of frozen precipitation for Arkansas before the weekend as a new arctic blast arrives.

Airport panel gives chief more than $51,000 in raise, extras

posted: 02/18/2015 3:23 a.m. Comments 3

The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission on Tuesday approved a salary increase, bonus and pension contributions of more than $51,000 for the top official at the state's largest airport.

Next bit of interchange now cleared for traffic

posted: 02/14/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

The next finished structure on the Interstate 430/Interstate 630 interchange likely will be opened to traffic today, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Friday.

Agency's audit: 221 awards of hours off

posted: 02/11/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

An audit of time sheets in the human-resources division of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department uncovered 221 occurrences over a 49-month period ending in 2010 in which human-resources employees were rewarded paid time off for winning trivia contests conducted by the division head.

Judge finds no racial bias in firing

posted: 02/10/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that was scheduled to go to trial next week over claims by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's former top lawyer that he was fired because he was black and had spoken out against discriminatory practices at the agency.

Judge finds no racial bias in firing

posted: 02/10/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that was scheduled to go to trial next week over claims by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's former top lawyer that he was fired because he was black and had spoken out against discriminatory practices at the agency.

Alcohol control division chief goes

updated: 02/06/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Michael Langley is out as the head of the state agency that issues alcohol permits, the spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson confirmed Thursday.

Residents briefed on widening I-630 plan

posted: 02/04/2015 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Preliminary design maps show that no homes will be affected by the proposed widening of a 2.5-mile section of Interstate 630 between Baptist Health Medical Center and South University Avenue in Little Rock.

LR airport profit hits $1.2M

updated: 02/01/2015 8:35 p.m. Discuss

Despite declines in boardings and many revenue categories and an increase in operating expenses, the state's largest airport finished 2014 with $1.2 million in profit, marking a record sixth year in a row that it has seen an increase.

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