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The votes are in for Robinson Auditorium

The votes are in for Robinson Auditorium

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The votes are in for the renovation of Robinson Auditorium.

There were 6,988 votes total. There were 5,183 votes for the renovation (74 percent) and 1,800 votes against (25.78 percent).

Supporters said the historic landmark is in need of restoration.
$120 million in bonds would be used to fund the project. That money is from an existing 2 percent restaurant and hotel tax.

Opponents said the money should be used elsewhere.

STORY: Campaign, election set to restore Robinson Auditorium

Update: Pryor invokes faith ahead of 2014 election

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is invoking his Christian faith ahead of next year's election in his latest political speech and campaign ad.

Pryor cited the Bible as he spoke to the Political Animals Club in Little Rock on Wednesday morning.

And he discusses his faith in a new television ad that his campaign says will begin airing in Arkansas on Wednesday.

In the ad, Pryor professes his belief in God. And in talking to the political group in Little Rock, he referenced the golden rule and a Bible verse as he discussed political gridlock in Washington.

Pryor is the lone Democrat in Arkansas' congressional delegation.

He's seeking a third term against Republican challenger and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.

Cotton represents south Arkansas' 4th District.

Gov. Beebe announces 16 appointments to boards, commissions

Gov. Beebe announces 16 appointments to boards, commissions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (State of Arkansas) - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the followingappointments to boards and commissions:

Dr. Jamie Brandon, Magnolia, reappointed to the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.  Appointment expires October 1, 2015.

Larry Brewer, Conway, reappointed to the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board.  Appointment expires October 14, 2016.

Ernest Cunningham, Helena-West Helena, reappointed to the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.  Appointment expires October 1, 2015.

Debbie Fritsche, Greenwood, reappointed to the State Board of Registration for Professional Geologists.  Appointment expires October 1, 2018.

Sammy Hart, Arkadelphia, reappointed to the Arkansas Veterans' Commission.  Appointment expires October 15, 2018.

New program showcases the state’s large-acre sites to prospective companies

New program showcases the state’s large-acre sites to prospective companies

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AEDC) The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) joined Governor Mike Beebe today to announce a new initiative to better position Arkansas to strategically compete for projects requiring large acreage. Those locations worthy of the “Advance Arkansas Sites” distinction must be ready for rapid industrial development and meet AEDC’s highest standards of quality.

Two large-acreage sites, the Little Rock Metro Mega Site and West Memphis Mega Site, are already featured on www.AdvanceArkansasSites.com. Each location lists property information, demographics and workforce information to educate prospective businesses on the economic and environmental landscape of Arkansas.

Public meeting to be held to discuss master bike plan

Public meeting to be held to discuss master bike plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)  – The city of Little Rock is planning to host Bike Master Plan meeting Monday night.

A spokesperson for the city said leaders will discuss the plan as it relates to Romine Elementary School area, and all concerned citizens are invited to join and participate in the discussion.

The meeting will be held in the Romine Elementary School cafeteria on 3400 Romine Road on Mon., Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

Update: Huckabee to speak to Political Animals Club

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is returning to his home state to speak at the Political Animals Club.

Huckabee is scheduled to speak at a breakfast Friday morning at the Little Rock Club. The Political Animals Club meets regularly to hear from elected officials and other public figures.

Huckabee served 10½ years as Arkansas governor and left office in January 2007 because of term limits. He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, winning the Iowa caucus that year.

He now hosts a weekly show on Fox News. Huckabee moved to Florida in 2010.

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Teacher health insurance rates up in the air

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - According to Governor Mike Beebe, the state legislature is at a standstill regarding teacher health insurance. There are just 15 days left for the state to boost funding for the program. Without it, insurance rates for teachers will double on January 1.

Beebe said he won't call a special session to discuss the increases until there is enough legislative support to pass the proposed bills. He said a special session could last for weeks and cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. So before calling one, it's important to ensure support.

The House has 77 of 75 required votes, but a lack of votes in the Senate is holding things up. It's a few votes short of the required three-fourths vote.

Beebe said rushing a decision isn't ideal, but since the insurance hikes take effect January 1, there's no other option.