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Mayor Mark Stodola joins national effort to stop violent death among African American men

Mayor Mark Stodola joins national effort to stop violent death among African American men

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISANA (LR) — Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola joined mayors and city leaders from across the country in New Orleans, La. for the inaugural Cities United meeting to explore solutions aimed at reducing the tragic number of violence-related deaths of young African American men and boys by 50 percent. The two-day working session brought together 225 local officials and staff from 37 cities—including Stodola, Little Rock City Director Ken Richardson and Community Programs Coordinator Marq Golden—to develop a plan of action that will end homicide as the leading cause of death for African American males between the ages of 15 and 24.

Libertarian Party holds annual state convention

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Libertarian Party held its convention this weekend. On Saturday, members decided on their nominees for various political positions.

"It's only the second time we've been able to nominate candidates in the name of Libertarian Party," said Frank Gilbert, who won the party's nomination for gubernatorial candidate.

The long-time third-party group is relatively young in Arkansas. They've doubled their party numbers here in the state in just two years.

"We've been called kooks by many people and marginalized, but in reality, I view us as visionaries," said Geoffrey Neale, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. "If you are Republican and Democrat, you can play in the game but if you're not, tough."

They call themselves the party of choice.

"I care about people; I care about rights for all," said party member Libby Madar.

Same-Sex Marriage Initiative Group to start collecting signatures on Saturday

Same-Sex Marriage Initiative Group to start collecting signatures on Saturday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AIME) - The Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality (AIME) is prepared to collect signatures for The Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (ASSMA) after the certification of their popular name and ballot title by the Attorney General, the filing of the petition part with Elections, and the first batch of petitions being printed.  They will start collecting on January 18th at the Fourth Annual Rally for Reproductive Justice (1:00pm on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol).

Public meeting scheduled for discussion on widening Mabelvale Cutoff, Scott Hamilton Dr.

Public meeting scheduled for discussion on widening Mabelvale Cutoff, Scott Hamilton Dr.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (City of Little Rock) - A public meeting will be held to discuss plans to widen Scott Hamilton Drive and Mabelvale Cutoff. 

The meeting will be held at the Southwest Community Center located at 6401 Baseline Road (Suite A), Little Rock, AR on Monday, December 16, 2013 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Scott Hamilton Drive will be widened north from Interstate 30 to 65th Street from a two (2) lane cross section to a four lane cross section with sidewalks on both sides.

Mabelvale Cutoff will be widened from south of Mann Road to Shiloh Drive from a two lane cross section to a five lane cross section with sidewalks on both sides. Also, Mabelvale Cutoff to Mabelvale Main Street will be realigned.

Representatives from Public Works Civil Engineering Division and the Project Engineer will be present to discuss the project and to receive public input.

(Source: City of Little Rock)

New program showcases the state’s large-acre sites to prospective companies

New program showcases the state’s large-acre sites to prospective companies

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AEDC) The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) joined Governor Mike Beebe today to announce a new initiative to better position Arkansas to strategically compete for projects requiring large acreage. Those locations worthy of the “Advance Arkansas Sites” distinction must be ready for rapid industrial development and meet AEDC’s highest standards of quality.

Two large-acreage sites, the Little Rock Metro Mega Site and West Memphis Mega Site, are already featured on www.AdvanceArkansasSites.com. Each location lists property information, demographics and workforce information to educate prospective businesses on the economic and environmental landscape of Arkansas.

Public meeting to be held to discuss master bike plan

Public meeting to be held to discuss master bike plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)  – The city of Little Rock is planning to host Bike Master Plan meeting Monday night.

A spokesperson for the city said leaders will discuss the plan as it relates to Romine Elementary School area, and all concerned citizens are invited to join and participate in the discussion.

The meeting will be held in the Romine Elementary School cafeteria on 3400 Romine Road on Mon., Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

"Drawing a Line: 30 Years of Cartoons & Illustrations by John Deering" at Thea, Oct 4 - 18

"Drawing a Line:  30 Years of Cartoons & Illustrations by John Deering" at Thea, Oct 4 - 18

The Thea Foundation is happy to host a retrospective exhibition by one of central Arkansas’s most recognized names.  “Drawing a Line:  30 Years of Cartoons and Illustrations by John Deering” will be on display in the Thea Gallery from October 4 - 18, kicking off with an opening reception the evening of October 4 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.  Visitors will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and libations, and get the chance to meet the artist himself.