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AHTD to consider Interstate 30/430 improvements

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will hold a Public Involvement Meeting in Little Rock to discuss plans for improving the I-30/I-430 Interchange, according to AHTD officials.

Several improvements to the interchange are proposed including an additional lane for the southbound I-430 to westbound I-30 ramp, new ramps between the I-30 frontage road and I-430, and an additional travel lane on I-430 from Stagecoach Road into the interchange.

The interchange improvements will result in the relocation of the I-30 westbound Mabelvale West/Otter Creek Road exit from its current location to the east side of the I 30/I-430 interchange.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at AHTD Central Office Auditorium, 10324 Interstate 30 in Little Rock. The public is invited to visit anytime during the scheduled hours to view displays, ask questions and offer comments.

Beebe requests federal disaster declaration

Beebe requests federal disaster declaration

Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama requesting a disaster declaration for seven Arkansas counties effected by the Christmas Day winter storm that brought ice and record snowfall.

Little Rock man arrested for public intox, disorderly conduct

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say the vice chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has been arrested on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges.

Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley said Wednesday that Rick Watkins was arrested Tuesday evening on the two misdemeanor charges and has since been released.

Staley says Watkins was intoxicated and shooting a pistol in a rural part of the county. Staley says Watkins wasn't shooting at anyone and was cooperative with authorities who were called to the scene.

Commission spokesman Keith Stephens called the incident "a very serious matter" and said the agency is waiting to see how the situation unfolds before making any further statements.

Gov. Mike Beebe named Watkins to the commission. His seven-year term expires in 2014.

Watkins didn't return a phone message left Wednesday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Peyton Manning named keynote speaker for Arkansas Preps awards banquet

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback and future Hall of Famer, will be the keynote speaker for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's All Arkansas Preps awards banquet, sponsored by St. Vincent.

Manning will give the new All Arkansas Preps a huge jump-start to this inaugural banquet when he presents awards to the top outstanding high school athletes in the state on Saturday, June 1 at the Wally Allen Ballroom in the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Manning will also be the banquet's featured speaker and will answer questions from the crowd, which will include 300 student athletes and their parents. Keith Jackson, a native Arkansan and former NFL star, will emcee the event.

The Peabody will soon become a Marriott hotel

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) --It's official. The ducks will soon be no more.

At the city council meeting Tuesday, members voted to approve a new lease with a new owner of the Peabody Hotel. Since June, the city has been working with Memphis-based company Fairwood Capital to transition the iconic hotel into a Marriott.

Mayor Mark Stodola said it will be a major benefit to Little Rock.

"It most likely will increase reservations, increase the number of people to the city, increase tourism and increase our local economy," said Stodola. "We are very excited about the opportunity it presents to us."

The mayor also said during the transition, there will be an estimated $16 million dollars in renovations.

City officials said the lease will likely be signed by the end of this month, and would give Fairwood up to six months to operate the hotel as the Peabody while renovating the hotel into a Marriott.

Residents can drop off storm debris for disposal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The city of Little Rock is offering another option to rid your property of storm debris.

According to public relations manager Meg Matthews, residents can load up their trees and limbs that fell due to the Christmas storm and leave them at the following sites beginning Tuesday:

  • Interstate Park which is off of Arch Street south of Roosevelt Road. This drop-off is in a parking lot in the interior of the park.
  • Reservoir Park which is off of Cantrell Road and east of Reservoir Road. This drop-off is in a parking area near the baseball field.


LRFC hosts 7th annual Showcase of the South

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Little Rock Futbol Club (LRFC) is pleased to host the 7th Annual Showcase of the South.

This year's event for U15-U19 soccer teams will be played over two weekends. The girls will play this weekend, January 19-20 and the boys will compete January 26-27 at Burns Park. The Showcase of the South provides club teams an exhibition style environment in which college coaches from all over the country can view future college bound players.

"We are pleased with the growth and success of the showcase over the years," said Allen Finney, LRFC Executive Director. "It started as a way to help the players in our club take their game to the next level, but has grown in such a way that we are able to offer that same opportunity to other clubs in our state and region. We even broke the event into two weekends last year so that we could accommodate more and not have to turn away teams."