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DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK The Central Arkansas Library System and Moses Tucker Real Estate broke ground on The Arcade, a new mixed-use space on President Clinton Avenue that will, notably, include a restaurant, Cache, and a 325-seat theater space that will serve as a state-of-the-art venue for year-round film screenings as well as other events. See more on page 39.

THE ARKANSAS STATE FAIR Corndogs and classic rock drew the hordes. The 73rd State Fair drew 447,573 over its 10-day run, slightly more than last year.

ARKANSAS WORKERS Things are getting better, though it grieves the Koch/Republican Party to say so, because they like bad things to happen to Arkansas and America. The September unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in Arkansas versus 7.3 in August and a full point lower than September 2011. The work force is almost 20,000 people larger than it was a year ago.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA A recent Talk Business/Hendrix College poll shows support dropping for the initiative to legalize medical use of marijuana with a doctor's approval from a state-regulated dispensary. The Oct. 18 sounding showed respondents opposed to the measure 54-38, a marked change from 47-46 support in late July.

JOSH HASTINGS The Little Rock police officer was fired after internal investigations revealed serious misconduct. The reports, according to a letter to Hastings from Police Chief Stuart Thomas that Thomas released to the media, found that Hastings had failed to thoroughly check a grocery store after an alarm sounded and was untruthful during the investigation, and that he had violated rules on using deadly force in a fatal shooting on Aug. 12 at an apartment complex on West Markham of a youth fleeing in a car after a possible car burglary. Hastings is currently awaiting trial on a manslaughter charge for the shooting.

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