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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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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 10:09:00

League of Women Voters raises concerns about Little Italy incorporation

Officials of the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County have raised questions, though not formal opposition, about the the incorporation of Little Italy, the remote community in northwestern Pulaski County.

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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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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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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 06:51:00

Little Rock plans corporate welfare outlay for Taekwondo headquarters

Little Rock and the state are planning grants of $1.3 million to the American Taekwondo Association as part of a new $12 million headquarters for the operation, already in Little Rock.

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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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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 07:19:00

Little Rock ordinance planned on LGBT civil rights

City Director Kathy Webb says she met briefly Friday with Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter about a city ordinance to guard against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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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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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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