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Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

The agency surveyed other state lotteries and found that it's common for lotteries with ties to education to market through universities.

For instance, Woosley says the lottery could sell instant tickets with an Arkansas Razorbacks theme and have in-game ads that promote how much lottery money goes toward scholarships.

The idea is one of several Woosley is proposing to increase revenue.

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Little Rock AFB Reserve unit may see changes

Little Rock AFB Reserve unit may see changes

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (LRAFB) – Significant changes would come to the Air Force Reserve at Little Rock AFB under the proposed Department of Defense budget request for fiscal 2015.

If enacted into law, the 22nd Air Force, Detachment 1, a C-130 Air Force Reserve unit at the central Arkansas base, would convert to the 913th Airlift Group, and be equipped with 10 C-130 J-model aircraft.  The unit would also be authorized to grow to more than 600 Reserve Airmen.

The proposed change in force structure at Little Rock AFB is just one part of an Air Force Reserve-wide shift as detailed in the Air Force portion of the fiscal 2015 President’s Budget Request (PBR).

Arkansans vote against tax increase in Pulaski County

Arkansans vote against tax increase in Pulaski County

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The polls are closed and results are in.

Pulaski County voters voted against a tax increase to raise millions of dollars for Pulaski Technical College. 25.31 voted for the tax, and 74.69 voted against it.

The school would need mote than $11 million for renovations and upgrades, and some voters thought the school should come up with the funding itself.

If the vote had passed, homeowners would be paying $38 on a home valued at $100,000.

Meanwhile, Stuttgart residents also voted on a tax increase.

They voted 'yes' to support the Baptist Health Medical Center there. The 1 percent tax increase is expected to generate $2.4 million annually for the Stuttgart hospital.

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.

Familiar campaign sounds signal start of homecoming season

Familiar campaign sounds signal start of homecoming season

Friendly chatter and the sounds of plastic beads with medallions filled the foyer at the Donaghey Student Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The familiar sounds were the result of activity surrounding the 2014 campaign for UALR’s Homecoming Queen, an annual tradition in which several contestants vie for student votes and help promote upcoming Trojan basketball games.

The 2014 Homecoming Queen will be crowned during the Trojan Men’s Basketball Game at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8.

The queen and the top four runner-ups will comprise the homecoming court based on student votes, a first at UALR this year, according to Student Organization Program Coordinator Leah Vaughan... Read More

Arkansas Lt. Governor staff to resign in June

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Senate President Michael Lamoureux says the four staff members in the lieutenant governor's office will resign in June after the position was left vacant following the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr.

Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux said Monday that the staff told him they will resign effective June 30 and that it was their idea to step aside. He says the employees are now searching for other jobs.

One Arkansas legislator has submitted proposals in the current fiscal session that are intended to reduce the amount of salary funds the office receives until the lieutenant governor's office is filled in the November general election.

Darr, a Republican, resigned Feb. 1 after the state Ethics Commission fined him $11,000 for ethics violations.

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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.