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Noel Oman

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Little Rock airport exec gets bonus, 3% raise; pay now tops $260,000

posted: 02/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

The top executive at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field is getting another raise and bonus that will boost his annual compensation to more than $260,000 and is based on the airport's performance last year.

Project aims to cut wrong-way driving on Arkansas freeways

updated: 02/18/2017 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A $3.1 million project aimed at reducing wrong-way crashes on Arkansas freeways has finally been given the go-ahead.

Bill sets age for Arkansas 'antique' license plates at 45

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The owner of a 1993 Ford Probe, or other 25-year-old model of vehicle, won't be able to slap an "antique" license plate on it next year, if legislation that won a House committee endorsement Thursday becomes law.

North Little Rock airport's expansion bid leaner

posted: 02/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The North Little Rock Airport wants to remain competitive with newer small airports in the region, but fiscal reality is forcing it to scale back its ambitions.

Ambassadors debut in downtown; Little Rock’s first 2 envoys to increase safety, offer help in area

posted: 02/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership has hired two people to stroll the central business district to provide information and offer assistance to people, as well as report maintenance issues.

Little Rock airport intends 2 new chain eateries

posted: 02/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The concessionaires for the state's largest airport say they will add two major chain restaurant outlets, Chili's and Chick-fil-A, spend more than $4 million to upgrade concession offerings and add other amenities under a proposal to extend their agreement to operate at the airport another 10 years.

Study: Arkansas highway needs $57M in work to handle growth

posted: 02/11/2017 5:33 a.m. Comments 2

An analysis of a section of Arkansas 5 in Saline County has concluded that upgrades worth up to $57 million are required to relieve congestion, increase safety and accommodate development along the busy corridor that parallels Interstate 30 and serves as a substitute route to the freeway.

Capitol zoners' backers speak up

posted: 02/08/2017 2:07 a.m. Discuss

More than 30 downtown Little Rock residents have renewed an effort to abolish the Capitol Zoning District Commission, calling it a "nuisance to property owners and a hindrance to progress."

2 Arkansas bills hit at texting by drivers

posted: 01/28/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

With proposals to make penalties for texting while driving more like the sanctions for drunken driving, Arkansas joins a growing number of states searching for responses to a sharp rise in traffic fatalities, thousands of which are attributed to distracted driving.

Police make drug arrest at Little Rock airport

posted: 01/24/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A 30-year-old Little Rock man was arrested Sunday at the state's largest airport after federal security personnel found him to possess a quantity of prescription medications that included an opiod and another combination often used in a recreational drug called "purple drank," Little Rock police said.

Arkansas road plan on ballot likely, legislator says

posted: 01/20/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas General Assembly likely will refer a long-term road construction plan to voters, a state lawmaker said Thursday.

Yearly Little Rock airport growth put at 1.4 percent

posted: 01/20/2017 1:02 a.m. Discuss

Passenger traffic at the state’s largest airport is projected to grow over the next 20 years but not at a rate that would require expanding the terminal anytime soon.

Road agency, Bryant team for I-30 work

posted: 01/19/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Bryant is getting a second interchange, prompted by the Saline County city's population growth and accompanying development.

Yearly growth at Little Rock airport put at 1.4%; boarding rate called not enough for expansion

posted: 01/18/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Passenger traffic at the state's largest airport is projected to grow over the next 20 years but not at a rate that would require expanding the terminal anytime soon.

Arkansas roads agency looks at fee levy for electric, hybrid vehicles

posted: 01/16/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 8

A proposal to increase the annual registration fee for electric vehicles to a level equal to what gasoline-powered vehicles pay in fuel taxes would raise a nominal amount for road maintenance.

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