Sarah Kellogg

Military veterans, current soldiers and many others gathered together in Little Rock on Monday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The program included a moment for veterans to stand as their branch’s anthem played.

Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke to a crowded room about the 100th anniversary.  He said while the signers of the Armistice of Compiègne hoped there would be no other major wars of the same scale, it was a false hope.

Robinson Center
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A new permanent exhibit tells the history of Little Rock’s Robinson Center. The auditorium opened in 1939 and has hosted important events and performances over the decades. Two years ago it reopened after a $70 million renovation and expansion.

On Friday a curtain was dropped along a wall on the second floor unveiling the 50-foot long display, with a crowd responding with applause. At the start of the timeline is a nearly 10-foot tall photo of former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator Joe T. Robinson.

Cheryl May Arkansas School Safety Commission
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas School Safety Commission met with the state fire marshal on Friday to discuss its upcoming recommendation on school evacuations or fire drills.

The commission is proposing that schools wait and determine the source of a fire alarm before having students and staff evacuate buildings. Some past school shootings occured after fire alarms were pulled. During the meeting, State Fire Marshal Lindsey Williams said fire alarms are sometimes used to set the stage for acts of violence.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for most of Arkansas from Friday night through Saturday morning. Temperatures are forecast to drop as low as the mid or lower 20s. Areas as far south as Camden are expected to be impacted.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh says the watch is not a prediction of what this year’s winter will be like.

Election Voters Voting
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

In the days after this week's election, some citizens around the country had problems voting, including in Arkansas. KUAR’s Sarah Kellogg spoke with ACLU Arkansas Legal Director Holly Dickson about the voting issues her office heard about on Election Day.

SARAH KELLOGG: "Looking back to election day, what were some of the main issues that you saw at the polls?"

Interstate 630 construction

A new lawsuit is challenging the use of taxpayer money to fund the expansion of highways and interstates in Arkansas that are four lanes or wider. It’s targeted at the controversial 30 Crossing project over the Arkansas River. The state Department of Transportation wants to expand that part of I-30 to 10 lanes or more.

An attorney involved with the case, Justin Zachary, says it’s not just about confronting the expansion of I-30.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Chief State STEM Officer/ State Director of Computer Science Education Anthony Owen
Sarah Kellogg / KUAR News

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is touting an increase in the number of Arkansas students enrolled in computer science classes. The current school year saw a 30 percent increase for middle and high school students compared to the previous year.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday at the Capitol, Hutchinson said that will have long term benefits.

French Hill Clarke Tucker
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The race for Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives proved to be among the most competitive in the state. Incumbent Republican French Hill didn’t make a victory speech until almost 11 p.m. Tuesday night after it became clear he had won the election.

Final election results from the Secretary of State's office:

Republican French Hill: 131,760 (52.1 %)
Democrat Clarke Tucker: 115,749 (45.8 %) 
Libertarian Joe Ryne Swafford: 5,176 (2.0 %)

Frank Scott Jr.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Two candidates for Little Rock mayor are advancing to a runoff after none of the five received 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election.

Frank Scott Jr. held a lead throughout the evening while Baker Kurrus narrowly defeated Warwick Sabin to come in second. After learning that he was in the runoff, Scott said he was extremely excited.

"I'm emotional, I'm intense, I'm grateful, I'm joyful, humble, and very excited that we led through early voting and Election Day," he said.

Kurrus said he's thrilled to keep fighting.

Governor Asa Hutchinson
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

During an election night where many governors’ races across the country were considered toss-ups, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson enjoyed a comfortable lead going into Tuesday's election. He easily won re-election against Democratic opponent Jared Henderson.

Hutchinson’s victory was declared early in the evening, winning 65 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results from the Arkansas Secretary of State.

In an interview with KUAR News, Hutchinson outlined a few policies he will be focusing on going forward.


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