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Noel E. Oman

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In state, sections of 2 roads get I-49 name

posted: 04/17/2014 4:57 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Highway Commission on Wednesday designated sections of Interstate 540 and U.S. 71 in Northwest Arkansas as Interstate 49, officially linking it to a long-planned, 1,700-mile corridor between the Gulf of Mexico and Canada.

Lack of bids for I-530 job draws commission inquiry

posted: 04/17/2014 4:47 a.m. Discuss

State highway officials said Wednesday that they will review the specifications of a project on Interstate 530 coming into Little Rock to determine why no contractor submitted a bid Wednesday to do the work.

Forums to allow input on altering bus routes

posted: 04/16/2014 4:39 a.m. Discuss

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority will hold four public hearings next month to, among other things, solicit ridership reaction to proposed changes to six bus routes.

Police beat

posted: 04/15/2014 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

Police say 1 jailed after car rammed A North Little Rock woman faces a bevvy of charges after her ex-boyfriend told officers that the woman chased and rammed a car driven by his new girlfriend with her car late Friday.

Road treatment getting a try

posted: 04/14/2014 3:58 a.m. Discuss

A new pavement treatment that has been used on interstates to reduce wet-weather crashes is being modified for application on noninterstate highways with the hopes of achieving the same results: fewer traffic crashes and fatalities.

Police beat

posted: 04/12/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Police say woman stole $9,000 ring A 21-year-old Jacksonville woman was arrested Friday afternoon after she was accused of taking a ring reportedly worth $9,000, only to sell it for $50, police said.

So far, 8 in running for tech park top job

posted: 04/10/2014 4:33 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock Technology Park Board on Wednesday reviewed eight candidates for park director, but its chairman said the board would accept more applications.

Clinton talks up pal Witt at fundraiser

posted: 04/06/2014 4:36 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS — James Lee Witt and former President Bill Clinton reached back to their years together in Arkansas and Washington to point the way for a Democrat to win back a U.S. congressional seat in the state.

With meetings, state gets rolling on its bicycle plan

posted: 04/02/2014 5:26 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas kicked off a series of public meetings Tuesday on developing the first statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan in 15 years — one that planners say should better acknowledge that biking and walking are increasingly popular.

CATA rolls down tire costs

posted: 03/31/2014 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

To improve upon Benjamin Franklin’s wisdom, a penny saved for the Central Arkansas Transit Authority is a penny earned — times 2 million.

Big Rock job to close lanes this weekend

posted: 03/27/2014 4:56 a.m. Discuss

A new phase of work on the project to remake the Interstate 430/Interstate 630 interchange in west Little Rock will require a series of temporary lane closures to divert traffic around the area for part of the weekend, state highway officials announced Wednesday.

Onetime Clinton foe returns to LR an ally

posted: 03/26/2014 4:40 a.m. Comment 1

David Brock, whose reporting on President Bill Clinton gave rise to the word “Troopergate,” returned to Arkansas on Tuesday for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Police beat

posted: 03/25/2014 4:03 a.m. Discuss

Robber hits bank in school colors A man wearing a bright red hoodie emblazoned with “Dollarway Cardinals” — a high school and the name of its mascot — and carrying a revolver robbed a bank Monday afternoon near War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock police said.

Defense budget to cut commissary subsidy

posted: 03/24/2014 3:49 a.m. Comments 11

The reach of the Little Rock Air Force Base commissary, the base’s version of the grocery store, extends well beyond the gates of the installation, where 8,000 active-duty military personnel and civilians work.

North Belt Freeway off Metroplan project list

posted: 03/20/2014 5 a.m. Comments 2

The Metroplan board of directors voted Wednesday to remove the long-sought North Belt Freeway from the long-term transportation plan that is used to guide the development of road construction projects in central Arkansas after a new study found it would cost $648 million to build as a toll road.


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