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Little Rock tells Amazon that affair over; mayor, chamber drop site bid, introduce new marketing tack

posted: 10/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

Little Rock civic leaders have decided it's better to play the field rather than court Amazon and risk being left at the altar in the online retailing giant's quest to locate its second U.S. headquarters.

Speed limit rise viable for much of Arkansas interstate system, study finds

posted: 10/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 13

Nearly 60 percent of the Arkansas interstate system can have a posted speed limit of 75 mph, according to a draft of an Arkansas Department of Transportation review of speed limits, mandated by a 2017 state law.

1 tax path out, Arkansas road-funding puzzle restarts

posted: 10/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

One day after Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he would "vigorously oppose" any effort to siphon Arkansas general revenue for road construction, state highway officials are returning to the drawing board to develop measures that don't include general revenue.

General revenue for roads a no-go, Arkansas governor says

posted: 10/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that he would "vigorously oppose" any effort to use Arkansas general revenue for road construction, saying he wanted to protect any growth in general revenue for other government services and possible income-tax cuts.

Aviation Hall of Fame to add 3 pilots

posted: 10/15/2017 3:23 a.m. Comment 1

On Nov. 10, Harold Johnson will mark the 45th anniversary of the hijacking of Southern Airways Flight 49 on which he was the co-pilot.

Three finalists named in $631.7M redo of I-30 through downtown Little Rock, North Little Rock

posted: 10/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The list of some of the world’s largest civil infrastructure firms wanting to oversee the $631.7 million project to remake the Interstate 30 corridor through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock has been narrowed from 11 to five.

Bids opened on fixing storm-damaged Arkansas roads; costs near $8 million for four projects

posted: 10/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Repairs to sections of four state highways in Northwest Arkansas damaged by flooding in late 2015 and early 2016 will cost about $8 million, according to low bids the Arkansas Department of Transportation opened for the projects Wednesday.

Special ink, chance post puts Little Rock niche pen shop on the map

updated: 10/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

In the digital age, when emailing, texting and interaction on social media have eclipsed letter-writing and postcards as the predominant forms of written communication, the only thing more old-fashioned than fountain pens is a business that sells them.

OBITUARY: Little Rock doctor Jack Wagoner Jr.'s practice defied racial norms

posted: 10/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

When Jack Wagoner Jr. joined with three other physicians to open a medical practice nearly 50 years ago in Little Rock, they took a gamble no other doctor had taken in Arkansas.

Runway at Little Rock airport to get fresh backstop

posted: 10/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The state's largest airport, Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field, is replacing a structure designed to stop aircraft runway overruns at an estimated cost of $6 million.

Free streetcar rides out of Rock Region's budget in 2018

posted: 09/29/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

The free rides are over on the Rock Region Metro streetcars in the Pulaski County transit agency's proposed $18 million operating budget for next year.

I-430 design plan in west Little Rock calls for 'Texas turnaround'

posted: 09/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Proposed changes in traffic flow on a busy section of Cantrell Road in west Little Rock include a "Texas turnaround" for drivers traveling south on Interstate 430 to use to head east on Cantrell.

New interchange design picked for congested west Little Rock road

posted: 09/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 13

The Arkansas Department of Transportation has chosen a single-point urban interchange to improve traffic flow on a congested section of Cantrell Road in west Little Rock.

Little Rock airport expands handicapped parking

posted: 09/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The state's largest airport has added parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities and consolidated almost all of them into one location after a federal review found too few handicapped parking spaces.

Policy to ban marijuana for Little Rock airport staff

posted: 09/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

All employees at the state's largest airport remain subject to a range of sanctions up to and including dismissal if they test positive for marijuana even if they qualify to use the drug under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, as part of a proposed change to the airport's personnel policies.

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