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Metroplan sounds North Belt retreat

Construction dropped from plan

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — Metroplan officials kicked plans for a North Belt Freeway farther down the road Wednesday in deciding to study a payment method for the project near term but dropping the project’s construction from their plans in the long term. Continue reading...

LR, NLR mayors snub proposal for 90-year-old Broadway Bridge

Subscriber onlyThe mayors of Little Rock and North Little Rock turned down an Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department proposal for the cities to assume ownership of the aging Broadway Bridge as a pedestrian crossing. Continue reading...

Bridge renewal gets state rebuff

Agency: Broadway idea unsound

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials slapped down the idea of rehabilitating the aging Broadway Bridge on Wednesday, saying the option of fixing the bridge, rather than replacing it, isn’t viable. Continue reading...

100-year-old church digs up past

’50 time capsule holds no jewels, but plenty of treasures, pastor says

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — Church leaders revealed traces of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church’s past Sunday after removing a 1950 time capsule set into the church’s cornerstone. Continue reading...

State has doubts on Arkadelphia bypass plan

Subscriber onlyARKADELPHIA — On the city’s east side, the 52-year-old Ouachita River Bridge on Arkansas 51 approaches its retirement with each crossing car, pickup or logging truck. Continue reading...

Water runs low in Newton County

National Guard fills pails, buckets amid dry spell, well problems

Subscriber onlyFALLSVILLE — A mile east of the junction of Arkansas 16 and 21, a Newton County family loaded six pails of water into their car Friday morning. Continue reading...

Heavy holiday travel expected

Midweek 4th no slowdown

Subscriber onlyMore Arkansans are expected to hit the road and take to the skies during the midweek Fourth of July holiday, much like millions of Americans. Continue reading...

LR forum considers human trafficking

Stronger state laws urged; official says none charged under ’05 statute

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — Leaders from several Arkansas anti-human trafficking groups on Wednesday took another step toward changing what they say is a weak state law. Continue reading...

The fallen are finally remembered

In LR, unmarked graves of 19 Civil War soldiers receive tombstones

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — For 150 years, the tomb of a young Confederate soldier from Little Rock lay at the foot of a tree in Mount Holly Cemetery, unmarked and unknown to cemetery visitors. Continue reading...

Severe drought covering 83.5% of parched state

33 counties under burn bans

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — More than 83 percent of Arkansas is now in a severe drought, and with no rain in sight, forecasters say conditions stand to worsen rapidly. Continue reading...

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