Arkansas Technology

Asa Hutchinson governor
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas' governor has released a plan to expand access to high-speed broadband communities with more than 500 residents by 2022.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday detailed the Arkansas State Broadband Plan , which is aimed at expanding access to high-speed internet to rural communities around the state. The plan includes calling for a state broadband office, which would be tasked with helping citizens, companies and municipalities use federal programs.

Daniel Breen / KUAR News

Arkansas's statewide public television network is launching a new service that will live-stream meetings of the state legislature and governmental agencies.

At a press conference Monday, Courtney Pledger, executive director of the Arkansas Educational Television Network, joined Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) in announcing the online-only service, called the Arkansas Citizens Access Network, or AR-CAN.

Pledger said the new service is designed to boost civic engagement in the state.

Little Rock Tech Park
Little Rock Regional Chamber

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority will soon unveil Phase II architect renderings on the city’s downtown startup village, a larger but unfinanced five-story planned development next to the current 38,000-square foot Phase I headquarters at the door step of Main Street.

Bryant, Arkansas business-owner Dani Martin logged onto her store’s Facebook page for a weekly live video stream when the comments feed was invaded by more than 50 men asking about a couch. This is a common troll tactic called a couch auction, and women doing direct-sales of products like makeup and jewelry are often the target.

Martin says the videos are a way for she and her husband to connect to customers and vendors of their business, The Cotton Shed. But not long after she began hosting the videos, comments about a couch made it impossible to continue.

Picture of Uber's logo.
Image via Uber.

Arkansas will recieve $1.8 million in a settlement from the ride-sharing company Uber. The company's Chief Legal Officer Tony West said in a statement Uber has reached an agreement with attorneys general of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola unveils the city's first "digital citizen engagement" kiosk. It provides wifi service and allows people to learn about area events and businesses, get directions, and take selfies.
David Monteith / KUAR News

Making Little Rock a leader in technology is the goal of a new project in the downtown area, the city's mayor announced Monday.

Little Rock's first "digital citizen engagement" kiosk is now active outside the Statehouse Convention Center. In addition to being a wi-fi hotspot, the touch-screen kiosk allows passersby to preview area businesses and events, get directions, and take selfie photographs that are sent to their phones.

Dr. Christopher M. Jones at a 3D printer inside the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock.
Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

A new executive director and lead maker has been named for the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. The non-profit based in North Little Rock provides cutting edge tools like 3D printers and advanced computer technology to inspire people, help them learn and create.

Governor Asa Hutchinson is announcing the completion of a year-long, $1.2 million digital mapping project.

He says the system will allow emergency responders to have more up-to-date information and that it will allow the state to be competitive in economic development.

In a news release, the governor said the state now has a detailed map of expanding infrastructure.

The digital maps were produced by Arkansas Geographic Information Systems and are available to the public at gis.arkansas.gov.

Does Traditional Bell-Ringing Still Work For Salvation Army?

Dec 14, 2017

As the Salvation Army holds its largest fundraiser of the year, known as the Red Kettle Campaign, a spokeswoman for the Salvation Army of Central Arkansas says the holiday bell-ringing tradition remains effective, despite many consumers carrying less cash.

Michelle Scroggins, director of community relations, says they haven't been seeing a negative impact on donations locally. In other parts of the country, donations to red kettle campaigns have declined.

J. Matthew Grant / University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas’s Department of Physics in Fayetteville has announced progress that could lead to a great reduction in the size of electronics. Assistant Professor Dr. Hugh Churchill spoke with KUAR’s Michael Hibblen to explain this development.

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