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Ground was broken today across from the River Market in Little Rock for a new project called Arcade.

The three story, $18 million building is being constructed by Moses Tucker Real Estate in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System. Jimmy Moses, the developer, hopes the building will be completed by November of next year.

Clinton Library Gets 19th Amendment For A Limited Time

Oct 18, 2012
Sisters visit exhibit.
Malcolm Glover

An historic document that granted women the right to vote in the United States will soon be on display for a limited time at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. The document is on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

As library visitors meander through a maze of artifacts once owned by two women whose lives had an impact on the presidential center’s namesake, these same visitors soon catch a glimpse of a glass display case containing a replica of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Visually impaired people walking with white canes
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Monday is White Cane Safety Day, which is intended to raise awareness of safety issues for blind people on the streets.

Dillard's factory
Malcolm Glover

Arkansas economic development officials say what was once the vacant Target Distribution Center in Maumelle is now bustling with activity for another retailer.

Dillard’s Incorporated is using the facility in Maumelle to ship merchandise from online orders all over the country. The department store chain completely renovated the 850,000 square foot center and it has space for extra growth. Julie Bull with Dillard’s says the company wanted to honor its Arkansas roots and Maumelle proved to be the perfect site for what has been dubbed the “Internet Fulfillment Center.”

Southern Cross cast
Malcolm Glover

Conversations about racism, discrimination, and prejudice are never easy. People are sometimes unwilling to express their true feelings on issues of race for fear of being labeled racist, militant, or just too stubborn to let go of the past. However, a group of actors in Little Rock are learning, through a play titled Southern Cross, audiences can find new ways to discuss tough topics.

Malcolm Glover, a reporter and KUAR's local host during Morning Edition, joins a group of actors in The Weekend Theater's production of Southern Cross. Glover takes on the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the epic play that provides a fascinating look at Southern history and culture from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. This is Glover's second time performing with the Little Rock-based theater troupe.

Little Rock Farmers Market
littlerock.com

At farmers markets across Arkansas, growers say the record drought this summer is having a big impact on their crops, with harvests below normal.

On a recent day in the Little Rock Farmer’s Market downtown, a live accordionist played as shoppers made their way through the pavilions looking at produce.

But grower Lance Cummings of Jane, Elaine and Betty Plants and Produce says the harvests for just about every crop are less than usual this year.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens told a Little Rock crowd Wednesday he thinks the US Supreme Court is showing regret over its recent and controversial Citizen’s United decision.

Justice Stevens quoted President Barack Obama’s January 2010 State of the Union address to illustrate his continuing opposition to the high court’s ruling on the controversial Citizens United case.

Arkansas Medicaid Funding And Youth Home: Part Two

May 28, 2012
Kesia Clemons
Malcolm Glover

A $39.4 million increase in Arkansas’s revenue forecast for the last two months of the fiscal year means the state can fund second-tier annual budget priorities and provide some money for Medicaid.

However, analysts note the positive trend in revenue collections will do little to close a looming $400 million Medicaid shortfall in two years, a deficit of great concern to many organizations that provide health services.

Looking Back At Early Arkansas Mug Shots

May 23, 2012

Across the South and other regions of the U.S., a new form of tabloid has emerged. Rather than celebrities, these magazines show mug shots of the recently arrested — in different cities around the country. And they seem to be selling like hotcakes. In Arkansas, for example, The Slammer sells 7,000 copies a week. But law enforcement says it doesn't help solve cases — it's just voyeuristic.

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