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The Central High Band practices for the inauguration.
Photo: Kezia Nanda

Little Rock’s Central High School marching band is getting geared up to take part in President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.

But with a week and a half to go, they are still working to raise money for the trip.

You can listen to KUAR’s Kezia Nanda’s report above.

"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is what the band will play at the inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21.

Central was the only school in Arkansas chosen to take part at the ceremony, marking the start of President Obama’s second term.

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With taxpayers to soon be getting their annual tax statements, officials say there are several things to keep in mind. 

Mark Steber, the chief tax officer of Jackson Hewitt tax service, said, “The smart best practice is start early. Collect those documents that will be coming in the next few weeks, find yourself a preparer that you’re comfortable with… There’s no real reason to wait.”

Despite various opinions on the deal to avert the fiscal cliff, Steber says this is a good year for taxpayers. 

Looking For Lost Memories In The Delta

Jan 5, 2013

Photographer Eugene Richards had several reasons to visit the Arkansas Delta 40 years after his initial visit.

"I went back, ostensibly, to look at the culture and see if there was anything left of it," he says. Or at least — that was the pitch he gave National Geographic magazine, in hopes that it would send him there, which it did. You can see the story in the magazine's November issue.

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The late Johnny Cash was well known for his prison concerts, but this weekend the BBC will air a special looking at one lesser-known prison show that helped spur reform in Arkansas.  You can listen to the show here.

The international broadcaster sent a reporter from London to Arkansas to research the performance at Cummins Prison in 1969.

It's been almost a decade since Johnny Cash died, but fans still travel from around the world to see the place the music legend often described as key to his development: his boyhood home in the eastern Arkansas town of Dyess. The small house will soon serve as a museum — not only as a tribute to Johnny Cash, but also to tell the history of the town.

(On Wednesday, we weaved new information into the top of this post and in updates below. Thursday, we began a new post about the weather.)

About 130,000 Entergy Arkansas customers still are without power in Central Arkansas with the majority of those in the Little Rock area.

Including Entergy and other power networks in the state, a total of about 200,000 electricity customers still don't have power in the state.

In the work-driven, hectic world many modern families find themselves in, children are often placed in child care, where parents hope their needs will be adequately met.

But the reality is it isn't always easy for child care providers to deal with the disruptive behavior of some of the students and have complete control of the classroom.

Starting Mon, Dec. 17 through Tuesday, Dec.18, Little Rock is hosting the world’s largest annual forum of former democratic heads of state, Club de Madrid.

More than 40 former leaders will attend the event.

Governor Mike Beebe, in his weekly radio address over the weekend, said he is proud of Arkansas’ achievements in getting recognition from people around the world.

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Little Rock dedicated its first new fire station in 20 years on Monday. KUAR’s Kezia Nanda attended the opening. You can listen to her report above.

Instead of a ribbon cutting, the grand opening of Fire Station number 23 was marked by fire fighters uncoupling a fire hose and pushing one of their trucks into the new station.

"This fire station would not have been built without the assistance from the federal government and the gracious contributions and votes from our citizens in the sales tax election," Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola told the crowd.

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