Last week, Central Arkansas Water, the utility which manages Lake Maumelle and provides water service to Little Rock and other communities, announced it would fight the incorporation. Now, the Sierra Club and the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods are also urging Pulaski County to deny Little Italy's petition and asking the Little Rock City Board to adopt a resolution in opposition.
Interesting reportorial remark in an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today on Benton's hope to improve its image with a new convention center:
Saline County could have become economically stressed after the reduction of its major industry [aluminum], but during that period the county’s population began to swell as it became a bedroom community for people looking for comfortable suburban homes to complement their urban jobs.
Erica Suskie, a substitute teacher at Catholic High School for Boys, has turned herself in after the North Little Rock Police Department issue a warrant for her arrest for sexual assault in the first degree, according to KATV.
Leila Janah, the CEO of a buzzy nonprofit that helps poor people find tech jobs, has a post on Medium about her experience with systemic racism and the lack of access to high-speed broadband in Dumas. The nonprofit she founded and heads as CEO, Samasource, hires low-income people around the world to perform digital tasks for companies like Google, Walmart and Getty Images.
Prior to the appearance of Donald Trump last night in Little Rock after a nearly two-hour delay, Barton Coliseum general manager Ralph Shoptaw came before the crowd to say that attendance for the Trump event, at 11,500, had broken a record at Barton set all the way back in 1974 during a show by the blues-rock band ZZ Top. Trump would later brag on the turnout from the stage, bumping the number up to 12,000 while saying he'd been setting similar records all over the country. Photos and video from the event, however, would seem to tell a different story.
Prosecutors in Arkansas County have filed charges against three Georgia men in a case in which, authorities say, one of them was caught on video beating a live whitetail deer with an accounting textbook as the animal lay injured in the backseat of a car.