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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 16:10:00

LRPD releases narrative video of Bradley Blackshire shooting

The Little Rock Police Department and a local marketing firm have compiled a 25-minute "critical incident narrative" video of the fatal shooting of Bradley Blackshire by Little Rock Police Officer Charles Starks on Feb. 22. Assistant Chief Wayne Bewley narrates the video.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 13:06:00

LRPD Assistant Chief Alice Fulk shares plan to improve city 'block by block'

In the fourth and final community forum for Little Rock police chief candidates, LRPD Assistant Chief Alice Fulk spoke to a large crowd at Philander Smith college about her 27 years of experience in the department, the importance of diversity in hiring and promotions, and her ideas for improving community relations through "21st century policing."

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 11:05:00

City Director Lance Hines pulls immigration-law resolution from board agenda

At Tuesday evening's board of directors meeting, Ward 5 City Director Lance Hines pulled a resolution from the agenda that would have stated Little Rock's intent to comply with the federal government's requests when enforcing immigration laws.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 21:22:00

Little Rock board votes to pay former Mayor Mark Stodola $160,000 in unused vacation and sick leave pay

In a bizarre meeting of the Little Rock Board of Directors that ended abruptly when police hurriedly escorted attendees out of the building, the board voted 7-2 to pay Mayor Mark Stodola $160,000 for unused time off. Scott wouldn't say what was going on at the time, Fox 16 News's Donna Terrell said she spoke with the Little Rock Fire Department, which told her, "a man called the non-emergency line saying he had a shotgun and would take hostages and shoot people."

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 19:02:00

B.J. Wyrick is new vice mayor of Little Rock

B.J. Wyrick, city director for ward 7, is the new vice mayor of Little Rock.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 13:23:00

Photos from Frank Scott inauguration day events

Brian Chilson was on hand for the Jan. 1 inauguration of Frank Scott Jr. as Little Rock mayor and the "Unite Little Rock: The People's Party" in the William Grant Still Ballroom of Robinson Center Performance Hall.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 16:48:00

Frank Scott Jr. promises 'new day', draws large crowd in Little Rock mayoral inauguration ceremony

Promising a "new day" in Little Rock government, Frank Scott Jr. was inaugurated today as the city's first popularly elected black mayor. He was cheered on by a largely black crowd of over 1,000 that nearly filled Robinson Center Performance Hall, a significant departure from the small inauguration ceremonies held in years past at Little Rock City Hall.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 15:39:00

Setting the record straight on Baker Kurrus and local control of Little Rock schools

Did Kurrus oppose local control of the LRSD when he was appointed superintendent in 2015? Not really, but he didn't endorse it, either.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 14:21:00

Warwick Sabin releases video in opposition to I-30 expansion

State Rep. Warwick Sabin today put out a 2-minute video on his opposition to the proposed I-30 expansion through the downtown corridor.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 10:22:00

Former Arkansas Baptist professor 'exploring' run for Little Rock Ward 7 city director

Edmond "Ed" Davis, a former professor at Arkansas Baptist College and the executive director of a school applying for a charter in Southwest Little Rock, will announce the formation of an exploratory committee for a campaign for the Little Rock city director Ward 7 position. Brenda "B.J." Wyrick has held the position since 1994.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 13:36:00

Filing closes with three contested races for Little Rock City Board, including former school leader

At filing deadline, races developed for three of four Little Rock City Board races. One features the re-emergence of former Little Rock School Superintendent Roy Brooks.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 07:29:00

LR police residency issue: Us vs. them

A residency requirement for Little Rock police is on the table. It won't happen, but it shouldn't prevent a discussion about the unavoidable issue of race and police-community relations.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 07:17:00

Interest light so far in Little Rock City Board elections

Interest seems limited so far for challenging incumbent directors planning to seek re-election this year to the Little Rock Board of Directors.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 07:14:00

Meeting tonight on impact of 10-lane Interstate 30 widening project

City Director Kathy Webb reminds by Twitter that Norm Marshall, a transportation planner, will provide a second installment of his look at the proposed widening of Interstate 30 downtown to 10 lanes (12 lanes at one point) at 7 p.m. tonight at First United Methodist Church.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 07:15:00

Capi Peck's city board announcement set Monday

I've mentioned before Trio's restaurateur Capi Peck's plan to run for the Ward 4 seat on the Little Rock Board of Directors. She makes it official at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the restaurant.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 06:56:00

The I-30 project: A history lesson is likely to be unheeded again

The Interstate 30 widening project seems likely to proceed in the most damaging form to downtown. It's a reminder of Little Rock's historic resistance to looking at the facts and unintended consequences of expansion decisions.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 09:32:00

Help wanted: City Director Hines needs economics tutor

Lance Hines says, in opposing a smarter way to improve the Interstate 30 route, that he is a "free market guy." Somebody needs to take him back to economics class.

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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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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 07:49:00

Ordinance proposed for Little Rock police residency requirement

An ordinance has been proposed to require future Little Rock police officers to be residents of the city.

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