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Overnight lane closures scheduled for Big Rock

Overnight lane closures scheduled for Big Rock

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Work on the I-430/630 (Big Rock) Interchange will require a lane closure on Interstate 630 in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be painting steel on the Interstate 430 north to I-630 east bridge.  

The work will require closing the eastbound outside lane on I-630. The closure will occur between the I-430 southbound on-ramp and the I-430 northbound on-ramp.

The closure will be Tuesday night, July 29th through Friday morning, August 1st, between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., weather permitting.  Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

LRSD looks to upgrade athletic facilities


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Little Rock School District may soon be updating athletic facilities throughout the district.

School board president Greg Adams says a facility studies firm evaluated the schools current facilities and gave the district a list of all the needed improvements include improving locker rooms, gyms, making practice fields, field houses, and sports complexes. In total it would cost $60 million.

Adams says the firm will give the district a report with a draft of all the recommendations at the end of this month.

Then the board will discuss all of the findings on August 14 and possibly take a vote on proposed upgrades and changes at the end of August.


Immigrant children being placed with sponsors


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The federal government says well more than 100 unaccompanied children in Arkansas have been placed with sponsors so far this year after they crossed the border into the United States.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement released a state-by-state breakdown Thursday of the numbers of unaccompanied minors in each state that were placed with parents, relatives or family friends after crossing the border. The ORR says from Jan. 1 to July 7 that 166 unaccompanied children were placed with a sponsor in the state.

The office says all sponsors undergo background checks and the children are vaccinated and medically cleared before being placed with a sponsor.

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FCC Approves Sinclair's $1B Deal to Buy Allbritton TV Stations, Including KATV

FCC Approves Sinclair's $1B Deal to Buy Allbritton TV Stations, Including KATV

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New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Spurred by a recent groundswell of entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas, the Arkansas Secretary of State has partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas and created a website that helps first-time entrepreneurs find out how to open a business in the state.

Pulaski County Jail back open for inmates


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Pulaski County Jail announced they are back open and accepting inmates after closing last month.

The jail was filled to capacity, prompting it to close it's doors for the second time June 30. The funded capacity for the jail is 1,210 and at the end of June they had 1,281.

Now, July 24, the jail population is 1,146.

The closing affects nonviolent, low-level offenders.

The first time the jail closed was April due to overcrowding. It reopened June 9 to be closed again June 30.

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Arkansas continues defending 12-week abortion ban


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is continuing to defend the state's 12-week abortion ban to a federal appeals court, arguing the state has a legitimate interest in barring the procedure at that point in a woman's pregnancy.

McDaniel on Wednesday filed a reply brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is weighing whether to uphold a federal judge's decision that the 12-week ban is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright struck down the ban in March.

McDaniel argued in the brief that the ban is constitutional under existing court precedent.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the ban last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

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