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New Eagle Scouts

Subscriber onlyZachary Alstadt, 17, is the son of Tod and Sandy Alstadt of Little Rock and a member of Troop 335 at Highland Valley Methodist Church. Alstadt's Eagle project was the building and installation of two 18-room purple martin birdhouses at Dunbar Gardens with the help of eight members of his Scout troop. The birdhouses give the purple martins a place to live and also allow the children from Dunbar Magnet Middle School to observe them. Continue reading...

Other Days

Subscriber only100 years ago July 28, 1914 No longer will the motorist be compelled to "take dust" from a car ahead of him, and no longer will the passenger on the Pulaski Heights street car have to close his eyes, mouth, hold his hands to his ears and stop breathing to escape the dust raised by some thoughtless motorist running beside the streetcar. Continue reading...

GOP nominee got 2 home tax credits

Hutchinson repays 3 years’ worth

Subscriber onlyRepublican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson took a homestead property tax credit that he wasn't entitled to in Pulaski County, repaying some of the money shortly before he said he intended to run for governor. Continue reading...

Tossed absentee ballots at 1,036

2013 ID law cited in May rejections

Subscriber onlyMembers of the Mississippi County Election Commission said they agonized over each of the 172 absentee ballots that were disqualified during the May 20 primary election -- most of them because the voters did not include valid IDs under a newly enacted Arkansas law. Continue reading...

Pryor, Boozman say politics aside, they are good friends

Two conclude it’s better for Arkansas if they work together

Subscriber onlyOn an oddly cool summer evening recently, U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman stood on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and laughed as their staffs taunted each other over who was to blame for hitting a tourist with a softball. Continue reading...

4 Arkansas teens digest D.C. ways

Boys, Girls Nation delegates go to Hill; president on agenda

Subscriber onlyFour Arkansas teens traveled to the nation's capital last week for a crash course in politics that included a day on Capitol Hill and a chance to meet President Barack Obama. Continue reading...

Cotton announces vets coalition, slams Pryor

Subscriber onlyRepublican congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton met with supporters in Little Rock on Saturday to announce his campaign's Veterans for Cotton Coalition and to question Democratic opponent Sen. Mark Pryor's commitment to veterans. Continue reading...

Southern lawmakers drop their bags in LR

Subscriber onlyVirginia state Sen. L. Louise Lucas has plenty she wants to do this weekend in Little Rock: see the state Capitol, visit the Clinton Presidential Center and figure out how to help her state solve its Medicaid expansion problem. Continue reading...

LR sets traps to corral stray animals

Animal Services tries to domesticate wild ones, but about 60% euthanized

Subscriber onlyLittle Rock Animal Services Manager Tracy Roark estimates that his staff has caught about 200 stray animals by traps this year, and about 60 percent of those were euthanized because of illness or aggressive behavior. Continue reading...

Zoning changes disputed in NLR

Assisted-living operator objects

Subscriber onlyA request to the North Little Rock Board of Adjustment this week will provide the first test of a recent city zoning change meant to allow a process for unrelated disabled people to share a home. Continue reading...

Bryant dials back plan for fire stations

Money short; new buildings on hold

Subscriber onlyPlans to build two new fire stations are on a hiatus after Bryant collected less than it expected from sales-tax revenue. Continue reading...

Arkansan on the road with Parton

Subscriber onlyHELLO DOLLY! Ashdown native Kent Wells, a Nashville musician and producer with his own production company there, has spent years working as a musician, arranger and producer with various artists. In recent years, he's been working with Dolly Parton on albums including Backwoods Barbie in 2008, Dolly: Live from London in 2009 and Better Day in 2011 and most recently on Parton's new album, Blue Smoke. Continue reading...

Bryant ex-official aims to settle suit

City attorney says lawn-damage claims likely to be tossed

Subscriber onlyA former Bryant alderman, who is suing the city for the second time over a ditch in his lawn, is looking to settle the suit for $30,000 and for the city to fix his property. Continue reading...

8 historic sites under review for national listing

Subscriber onlyTwo North Little Rock houses are among eight properties in Arkansas to be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program's State Review Board on Aug. 6, program Director Frances McSwain announced. Continue reading...

2 killed in wrecks on Arkansas roads

Subscriber onlyTwo people died in separate vehicle wrecks Thursday and Friday, according to Arkansas State Police. Continue reading...