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Newscast for Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024

Here's the latest local and regional news from the Little Rock Public Radio Newsroom for Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024.

Today's headlines:

- State lawmakers provide preliminary approval for a $5.5-million contract with McKinsey & Co.

-Progress continues on a "monument to the unborn" at the Arkansas State Capitol

- The state of Arkansas is directing $30 million in federal funds toward improving mental health and substance abuse services

- Six religious institutions have received grants to increase security measures for their congregations

- ARDOT recommends that a contractor be held in default for contract delays on an I-30 widening project

Listen to live newscasts from Little Rock Public Radio each weekday during NPR's Morning Edition from 6 to 9 a.m., during All Things Considered from 4 to 6 p.m., and online at littlerockpublicradio.org.

Nathan Treece is a reporter and local host of NPR's Morning Edition for Little Rock Public Radio.