TARGETED: Downtown Hot Springs to be focus of effort to spur residential construction.
The city of Hot Springs, suddenly on fire with talk about reviving the historic center of the city, has a news conference this morning to announce a "major initiative to spur downtown development." The announcement said the initiative is aimed at encouraging residential construction in the city and will target downtown, though help the entire city.
Specifics haven't been announced, but they will include suspension of building permit fees for residential construction projects.
The Garland County prosecutor has decided not to pursue a criminal charge against Norma Toussaint, 70, had been charged Monday with domestic battery for hitting her 12-year-old granddaughter with a switch. /more/
Craft Beer Cellar, the five-year-old Massachusetts-based craft beer store with 22 locations coast to coast and another 16 in the works, is in the process of opening their first outlet in Arkansas, at 120 Ouachita Avenue in Hot Springs. /more/
Attorneys for Wade Naramore, the Hot Springs Judge charged yesterday with negligent homicide in the July 2015 death of his 18-month old son, Thomas Naramore, have issued a statement on the charges. In the statement, Little Rock attorneys Patrick Benca and Erin Cassinelli say that Wade Naramore and his wife Ashely have suffered "indescribable pain and immeasurable loss," and are committed to educating other parents about the dangers of situations like the one that took the life of their son. /more/
Ted Suhl, the former operator of residential and out-patient mental health services, has lost a second bid to get a new trial on his conviction for paying bribes to influence state Human Services Department policies. Set for sentencing Thursday, Suhl faces a government request for a sentence up to almost 20 years. He argues for no more than 33 months.
The Arkansas Times has received more details on the circumstances surrounding the Harris rehoming case. Among them: A third sister was nearly adopted by Justin and Marsha Harris, but that adoption was disrupted before it was legally finalized. The girl left the home long before her younger sisters.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson apparently felt the burn from KARK's exclusive Tuesday night on his plans to cut state support of War Memorial Stadium in half beginning July 1, 2018. He has a so-far secret plan to make the stadium self-sustaining. We bet that doesn't include state support.
Little Rock police responding to a disturbance call near Eighth and Sherman Streets about 12:40 a.m. killed a man with a long gun, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said in an early morning meeting with reporters.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is installing Sol Lewitt's 70-foot eye-crosser "Wall Drawing 880: Loopy Doopy," waves of complementary orange and green, on the outside of the Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. You can glimpse painters working on it from Eleven, the museum's restaurant, museum spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt said
Sen. Bart Hester, a Republican from Cave Springs who's been endeavoring lately to end state support for the state-owned War Memorial Stadium among other attacks on government spending, distributed a news release today saying he was working on a proposed $105 million income tax cut.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Elser announced today Clarence Garretson, 65, of Van Burean had pleaded guilty in federal court today to five counts of interstate transportation of a child with intention engage in criminal activity.