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Widow sues funeral home

posted: 01/27/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- A widow who entrusted her husband's body to Arkansas Funeral Care was left with "overwhelming and devastating emotional distress and mental anguish" after opening his casket to the "horrendous, gruesome and appalling sight of her husband's desecrated body," according a lawsuit filed Monday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

CATA board votes in new name, new bus colors

posted: 01/21/2015 3:37 a.m. Discuss

Central Arkansas Transit Authority voted Tuesday to change its name to Rock Region Metro and overhaul the look of its fleet in moves that proponents say will reflect other planned changes, including acquiring more eco-friendly buses and developing a real-time passenger information system.

Brothers work to save aging U.S. 79 bridge

posted: 01/19/2015 3:33 a.m. Discuss

CLARENDON -- Two young Monroe County brothers say their effort to save an 83-year-old bridge in their hometown from demolition will preserve a link to the impoverished Delta's past and boost the region's economic and cultural future.

Road officials: Legal fees offset

updated: 01/11/2015 11:58 p.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has paid two private law firms $628,000 in legal fees to represent it in employment legal matters since 2013, with more than half of the payments billed for two racial-discrimination cases.

Rough roads cost drivers $2B annually, report says

posted: 01/07/2015 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Deteriorating, dangerous and congested roads cost Arkansas motorists $2 billion annually through added vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and delays, according to a new report by a transportation advocacy group.

Department funds studies to better roads

posted: 01/05/2015 3:37 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is known for building roads and bridges, but the agency also has set aside millions of dollars in recent years to figure out ways to build them more efficiently or find someone who can.

Man says he was shot at mall; no footage found

updated: 12/27/2014 10:39 p.m. Discuss

A 26-year-old shooting victim treated at a Little Rock hospital Saturday afternoon said that he had been shot outside Park Plaza, but a review of footage taken from the mall's security cameras so far found no evidence to support the statement, police said.

5 members of Arkansas family killed in Indiana crash

updated: 12/27/2014 10:14 p.m. Discuss

Five members of an Arkansas family died in a two-vehicle crash on an Indiana highway Friday, authorities said.

LR-NLR I-30 bridge must go, U.S. decides

posted: 12/25/2014 4:25 a.m. Comment 1

Federal officials now agree that the Interstate 30 bridge over the Arkansas River needs to be replaced and not refurbished as part of a project to remake the I-30 corridor through North Little Rock and Little Rock at a cost of up to $450 million.

U.S. cash unsure, state cuts 3 highway projects from January's bid list

updated: 12/24/2014 4:34 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Tuesday that it has trimmed three projects worth $30 million from its January bid letting in case uncertainty over federal highway funding isn't resolved next year.

98 million forecast as holiday travelers

posted: 12/23/2014 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Generally pleasant weather and even more favorable gas prices are greeting Arkansans who are among the record number of Americans expected to take to the road or air during the final travel holiday of 2014.

LR airport set to make firms have permits

posted: 12/22/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Companies serving the airlines and other tenants at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field soon will have to obtain a permit and pay for the right to conduct business on airport property.

Low highway bids total $213M

posted: 12/18/2014 3:24 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Highway Commission on Wednesday selected low bids worth $213 million on a dozen construction projects, with nearly half the amount devoted to a 4.5-mile section of the planned Springdale bypass in Northwest Arkansas.

Operator at airport set to sell hangars

posted: 12/17/2014 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Central Flying Service, which bills itself as the world's largest general aviation service center, is downsizing in a big way.

Airport-project fees found fair

posted: 12/13/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Federal requirements make fees associated with airport projects higher than the fees paid for similar private-sector and nonairport public projects, a member of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission says.

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