Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
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THE ARKANSAS INNOVATION HUB. The Delta Regional Authority, which works to create jobs in the Mississippi Delta in seven states and in Alabama, has awarded the Arkansas Innovation Hub in North Little Rock a grant of $251,105, bringing to $1 million, or half, the amount needed to construct the Hub in the building housing Art Connection on Fourth Street in North Little Rock. The regionally-focused Hub will provide co-working space for start-up businesses, education and a "maker space," for would-be manufacturers or inventors to develop prototypes.
THE LITTLE ROCK HOTEL BOOM. Pinnacle Hotel Group will build a 135-room, seven-story Hilton Garden Inn on the corner of Fourth and Cumberland streets. It's scheduled to be completed in early 2016. McKibbon Hotel Group Inc. previously announced that it'll build a 115-room Hilton Homewood Suites on the north end of the block between River Market Avenue and Rock Street and Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue. Four other hotels have been built in downtown Little Rock since 2004.
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THE ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS. After controlling their final contest, the football Hogs let LSU slip by them in the final minutes, which left the team without a win in conference play.
WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM. The University of Arkansas and the War Memorial Stadium Commission announced a renegotiated contract for UA football at the stadium. Beginning next year and continuing until 2018, the Razorbacks will now only play one game in Little Rock. The team was previously under contract to play two games in Little Rock through 2016. The stadium will receive $400,000 in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the game that it's losing. The university currently pays the stadium commission $75,000 per game. In 2017 and 2018, the university won't pay the stadium anything. Athletic Director Jeff Long disingenuously said money didn't factor in to the decision.
'THE MIKE HUCKABEE RADIO SHOW.' The former Arkansas governor announced that his year-and-a-half old, nationally syndicated radio show will end Dec. 12. The show was initially positioned as a challenger to Rush Limbaugh's conservative radio dominance.