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Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. asked residents for their continued support and cooperation in his second State of the City address Thursday night, particularly in the form of approving a one-cent sales tax increase.

Scott, who made history in 2018 as Little Rock’s first popularly-elected black mayor, told the audience at the downtown headquarters of Heifer International the tax hike would fund infrastructure and early childhood education.

Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey speaking at Monday's announcement alongside Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas Cody Hiland and other officials.
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The Little Rock Police Department is receiving more than $1 million in federal grants, which officials say will allow access to new technology and provide better assistance to victims of crime.

The city received three separate grants. One will allow the department to buy a National Integrated Ballistic Information Network system, or NIBIN. Captain Ken Temple said having it in-house can provide valuable information quickly for gun-related crimes.

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Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott , Jr. delivered his first State of the City address of his term Thursday at Horace Mann Arts and Science Magnet Middle School.

Scott began by thanking the city's Board of Directors and the citizens who elected him.

"Every day that I step foot in [City Hall], I do so with great humility knowing that the only reason that I'm there is because you shared my vision of unifying Little Rock," Scott said. "We did this together."

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The first new mayor in 12 years is officially leading the city of Little Rock. Frank Scott Jr. took his inaugural oath on Tuesday, the first day of the new year.

During the general election, Scott came up short of the votes needed to win the mayoral election, forcing a runoff election between Scott and Baker Kurrus. Scott ultimately won, earning over 22,000 votes. Scott is the first elected black mayor of Little Rock.