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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 16:20:00

Two LRPD recruits took $5k signing bonus on their way out the door

KLRT has an story out on an unintended consequence of the City of Little Rock's attempts to recruit more police officers to fill historic gaps in LRPD force strength: two members of the February recruit class who accepted a $5,000 "no strings attached" signing bonus, then immediately quit the LRPD.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 08:17:00

City Board: A bridge to the bike trail, more LRSD kids to charter schools, another tax vote

A bike path and the Little Rock and Pulaski County school districts are on the City Board agenda this week. Hold your applause.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 19:22:00

City Board votes to table homeless feeding ordinance for 8 weeks, study with commission

The Little Rock Board of Directors voted tonight to table for eight weeks an ordinance that homeless advocates say would severely limit the ability of charities to feed homeless people in city parks. Before the ordinance was punted, Vice Mayor Kathy Webb proposed a nine-member commission to study the issue and make recommendations to the board.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 16:40:00

Police residency requirement fails

As predicted here, the City Board of Directors voted against an ordinance to require new police officer hires to be residents of Little Rock. The vote was 6 to 4, with Directors Erma Hendrix, who introduced the ordinance; Ken Richardson, Doris Wright and Kathy Webb voting for passage. Webb's vote kept the board from dividing along racial lines on the ordinance.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 14:37:00

City Board to take up residency requirement for police tonight

The City Board is set to vote tonight on an ordinance to require future police officers to reside in Little Rock. The ordinance was drafted at the request of Ward 1 Director Erma Hendrix. Directors Ken Richardson and Doris Wright, the board's other African American members, support the ordinance. Director Kathy Webb said today she is "leaning" toward supporting it, "but I am still not 100 percent decided."

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 07:46:00

Little Rock, cops, schools and race

The Little Rock City Board demonstrated last night some surprising sentiment in support of a residency requirement for Little Rock cops. That won't solve problems in a city too ready to blame schools (many of them excellent) for city problems linked more to race and economics.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 12:59:00

Erma Hendrix and the battle over bikes

Much unhappiness on the Downtown Little Rock Neighborhood Facebook page about Ward 1 City Director Erma Hendrix's stifling of a plan to restripe Chester Street to include a marked bicycle lane. It's part of the city's Complete Streets program to encourage use of right of way for all, including bicycles and walkers and runners, not just cars.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 09:29:00

Griffen: Riot gear purchase panders to 'storm trooper mentality'

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen writes that Little Rock is pandering to a storm trooper mentality by purchasing riot gear for police rather than focusing on better training of officers and more community policing in city unmarked by riots but also marked by questionable police actions in the deaths of black people.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 11:16:00

City to still seek grant for Riverfront Drive bike trail, but not to narrow vehicle lanes

Neighborhood objections have prompted the city of Little Rock to alter a federal grant application to improve the room provided for bicycles on Riverfront Drive.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 19:18:00

Little Rock City Board adopts civil rights ordinance to protect sexual orientation

The Little Rock City Board dispensed with debate tonight and went straight to a vote on its ordinance to extend civil rights protection to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 10:28:00

Airport Commission chair Wesley Clark backs Little Rock civil rights ordinance

Wesley Clark, the former NATO commander who's now chair of the Little Rock Airport Commission, has added his support for the proposed Little Rock civil rights ordinance, on the City Board agenda Tuesday evening.

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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 10:22:00

Rep. Ballinger isn't impressed by city opinion on civil rights ordinance

As I expected, Rep. Bob Ballinger, sponsor of several pieces of anti-gay legislation including Act 137 to limit legal protectios for gays by cities and counties, isn't impressed by Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter's opinion on a pending city civil rights ordinance.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 07:10:00

No need to wait for city attorney opinion about Little Rock civil rights ordinance

I have the answer to City Director Joan Adcock's question of whether a proposed Little Rock civil rights ordinance is in conflict with a coming state law.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 22:27:00

City board discusses LGBT protection ordinance, Webb says votes there for passages

At their weekly meeting tonight, the Little Rock Board of Directors discussed next week's vote on an ordinance that would protect LGBT city workers from discrimination and require contractors with the city to abide by non-discrimination rules that include sexual orientation and gender identity. Asked about a potential conflict with the state's Act 137, the recently passed law which forbids municipalities from extending protections to gays and lesbians, city attorney Tom Carpenter told the board he hadn't consider the state law because he believes a federal supremacy argument will prevail.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 16:54:00

Quapaw leader talks to Little Rock Board about land purchase

John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, made an unscheduled appearance before the Little Rock City Board this afternoon to talk about the tribe's recent purchase of 160 acres near the Little Rock Port and its application to make it trust land, and thus exempt from local government taxation and control.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 06:49:00

Little Rock City Board plans to alter public comment rule

The eternal debate on when and who may speak on what topics at Little Rock City Board meetings has sparked a proposed ordinance to tinker with the rules.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 07:20:24

Resistance to equality in Eureka Springs and Little Rock

Disheartening news on the equality front. A referendum is in the works to repeal Eureka Springs' ordinance protecting LGBT people and some Little Rock city directors have had discouraging things to say about an effort to pass such an ordinance in the capital city.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 13:40:00

Fort Smith government fever: Is it spreading?

A reader says there's rumbling in Little Rock about beginning a drive here similar to that underway in Fort Smith to change the form of city government.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 07:00:00

Will Little Rock Board fail again on street ordinance?

Arkansas Outside, a website devoted to outdoor sports, offers reporting on the Little Rock City Board's recent failure to adopt a "complete streets" ordinance. Progressive planning policy has rarely been a hallmark of Little Rock city leaders.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 07:42:00

Kenneth Richardson under fire; let his actions decide

The Little Rock City Board last night heard from Ward 2 residents in favor and opposed to the resignation of City Director Kenneth Richardson because of a recent drunk driving arrest. I'd say such a call is at best premature. Also politically motivated.

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